Type of site
|BitTorrent DHT search engine, magnet links provider|
|Available in||Multilingual, primarily English|
|Slogan(s)||REDISCOVER the NET|
|Alexa rank||11,765 (as of 14 December 2014[update])|
BTDigg is the first BitTorrent DHT search engine. It participates in the BitTorrent DHT network, supporting the network and making correspondence between magnet links and a few torrent attributes (name, size, list of files) which are indexed and inserted into a database. For end users, BTDigg provides a full text database search via Web interface. The web part of the search system retrieves proper information by a user's text query. The Web search supports queries in European and Asian languages. The project name is an acronym of BitTorrent Digger (in this context digger means a treasure-hunter). It went offline in June 2016, reportedly due to index spam. The site returned later in 2016 at its dot-com domain.
BTDigg was created as a DHT search engine for free content for the BitTorrent network. The web part of the BTDigg search system provides magnet links and partial torrent information (name, list of files, size) from the database. The returned results are based on a user's text query. BTDigg's DHT search engine links two subjects that are partial information from a torrent and a magnet link, similar to the process of linking the content of a web page with a page URL. BTDigg also provides API for third-party applications.
BTDigg Web interface supports English, Russian, Portuguese languages. Users can customize search results by choosing proper sort order in the web interface. Additional features are search API, API popularity, plugins for μTorrent and qBittorrent clients, Web browser OpenSearch plugin (for Firefox, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome). API popularity gives a picture of changing popularity for a torrent in the BitTorrent DHT network.
History of BTDigg
||This section is in a list format that may be better presented using prose. (June 2016)|
|31 March 2011||Web plugin to search with one click|
|4 April 2011||API popularity|
|9 April 2011||qBittorrent plugin|
|13 April 2011||new Web design|
|19 April 2011||showing torrent info-hash as QR code picture|
|28 April 2011||torrent fakes detection|
|30 April 2011||detection of torrent duplicates|
|12 July 2011||charts of the popular torrents in soft real-time|
|29 July 2011||different sort order|
|16 Jan 2012||supporting SSL connections|
|27 March 2012||showing distributed votes|
Advantages and disadvantages
BTDigg provides decentralization of database creation and ability to show distributed ratings being provided by users via μTorrent. There is also no guarantee about content because BTDigg doesn't analyze and doesn't store content. BTDigg is not a tracker because it doesn't share content, doesn't participate in or coordinate BitTorrent swarm. It's not a BitTorrent Index because it doesn't store and doesn't maintain a static list of torrents.
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