Comparison of BitTorrent sites

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There are many different BitTorrent websites. These sites typically contain multiple torrent files and an index of those files.

Features[edit]

  • BitTorrent sites may operate a BitTorrent tracker. Operating a tracker should not be confused with hosting content.
  • A directory allows users to browse the content available on website based on various categories. A directory is also a site where users can find other websites.
  • Some sites let users post comments about files.
  • BitTorrent sites may either focus on certain content — for example, etree.org focuses on Live Concerts— or may have no particular focus, like Mininova. Some sites specialize as search engines of other torrent sites.
  • Some sites, like Torrentz, use a multi-tracker index to provide a combined listing of torrents found on multiple other torrent index sites.[citation needed]
  • Some sites search over a DHT network.

Google downranking[edit]

In October 2014, Google Search results were affected by anti-piracy algorithms, which includes downranking popular BitTorrent sites in search results. The algorithm works when Google users search for movie, music or software titles in combination with terms such as "download," "watch" and "torrent", popular BitTorrent sites are demoted in the list; the traffic reduction depends on the site, but some sites experienced nearly a 50% reduction in visitors.[1]

Site comparison[edit]

The following table compares the features of some of the most popular BitTorrent websites; it is not comprehensive with regard to listing all of the popular BitTorrent trackers, especially private trackers.[2] The Alexa global ranking is accurate as of August 7, 2016.

Site Specialization Is a tracker Directory Public RSS One-click download Sortable Comments Multi-tracker index DHT search engine Ignores DMCA Tor friendly Alexa Traffic Rank
The Pirate Bay None No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No No Yes Yes 247[3]
Nyaa Torrents Anime Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No  ? 386[4]
ExtraTorrent[5] None No Yes Yes Yes No VIP only Yes No No No[6] No 411[7]
Rutracker None Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No No Yes No 426[8]
Rarbg None Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes No No No 697[9]
1337x[10] None No Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes No No[11] No 1,003[12]
Torrenthound[13] None No Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes No No No 3,022[14]
IPTorrents[15] None Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No 3,881[16]
isoHunt None Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No No No[6] No 2,725[17]
BitSnoop[18] None No Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes  ? No[6] No 5,168[19]
YourBittorrent None Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No[20] No 5,651[21]
TorrentProject[22] Search engine No Yes[23] Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No[24] 2,162[25]
T411 None Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes  ? 1,541[26]
Torlock[27] Verified torrents No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No[28] 6,006[29]
TorrentLeech[30] Scene releases Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No 12,316[31]
Demonoid None No Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes  ? No[32] Yes 7,201[33]
Empornium Pornography Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No 9,979[34]
What.CD Music Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No 13,431[35]
broadcasthe[36] Television shows Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No 26,063[37]
RevolutionTT[38] None Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No 34,495[39]
Mininova Legally redistributable media No Yes Yes Yes[40] Yes Yes Yes No No No 40,319[41]
HDBits[42] Movies Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No 33,636[43]
SceneAccess[44] Scene releases Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No 77,948[45]
waffles.fm[46] Music Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No 186,290[47]
AnimeSuki Anime & otaku subculture[48] No Yes[49] Yes Yes Yes No No No No 50,957[50]
etree Live Concerts Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No 133,025[51]
MovieMagnet[52] Movies No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No No 139,733[53]
OpenBitTorrent None Yes No Yes No No No No No No 430,543[54]
Site Specialization Is a tracker Directory Public RSS One click download Sortable Comments Multi-tracker index DHT search Ignores DMCA Tor friendly Alexa Traffic Rank

References[edit]

  1. ^ Google’s New Search Downranking Hits Torrent Sites Hard October 23, 2014. Retrieved 5 November 2015.
  2. ^ r/Trackers Wiki
  3. ^ The Pirate Bay at Alexa
  4. ^ Nyaa Torrents at Alexa
  5. ^ "uk-police-orders-registrars-to-suspend-domains-of-major-torrent-sites". ExtraTorrent in the news as torrent site. 
  6. ^ a b c "Top Torrent Sites Respect Copyright Takedowns, Just Like Google". torrentfreak.com. June 4, 2012. Retrieved November 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ ExtraTorrent at Alexa
  8. ^ Rutracker at Alexa
  9. ^ Rarbg at Alexa
  10. ^ "1337x-staff-abandon-insecure-torrent-site-start-over". 1337x in the news as torrent site. 
  11. ^ "Contact 1337x". 1337x. 
  12. ^ 1337x at Alexa
  13. ^ "records-labels-prepare-massive-pirate-site-domain-blocking-blitz". Torrenthound in the news as torrent site. 
  14. ^ Torrenthound at Alexa
  15. ^ "uk-piracy-blocklist-expands-with-demonoid-isohunt-iptorrents-and-more". IPTorrents in the news as torrent site. 
  16. ^ IPTorrents at Alexa
  17. ^ Isohunt at Alexa
  18. ^ "pirate-bay-releases-pirate-browser-to-thwart-censorship". BitSnoop in the news as torrent site. 
  19. ^ BitSnoop at Alexa
  20. ^ "YourBittorrent - Legal". yourbittorrent. Retrieved 24 February 2015. 
  21. ^ YourBittorrent at Alexa
  22. ^ "uk-blocking-more-than-100-pirate-sites-after-new-court-order". TorrentProject in the news as torrent site. 
  23. ^ Torrent Project at Torrentproject
  24. ^ "DCMA". TorrentProject. 
  25. ^ TorrentProject at Alexa
  26. ^ t411 at Alexa
  27. ^ "uk-blocking-more-than-100-pirate-sites-after-new-court-order". Torlock in the news as torrent site. 
  28. ^ "Torlock FAQ". Torlock. 
  29. ^ Torlock at Alexa
  30. ^ "top-torrent-sites-and-richard-dawkins-blocked-in-pakistan". TorrentLeech in the news as torrent site. 
  31. ^ TorrentLeech at Alexa
  32. ^ "demonoid dmca". demonoid. 
  33. ^ Demonoid at Alexa
  34. ^ Empornium at Alexa
  35. ^ What.CD at Alexa
  36. ^ "cd-broadcasthe-net-passthepopcorn-following-ddos-attacks". broadcasthe in the news as torrent site. 
  37. ^ Broadcasthe.net at Alexa
  38. ^ "hackers-leak-38000-passwords-from-large-private-bittorrent-tracker". RevolutionTT in the news as torrent site. 
  39. ^ RevolutionTT at Alexa
  40. ^ FAQ RSS at MiniNova
  41. ^ MiniNova at Alexa
  42. ^ "trading-sellling-torrent-site-invites-public-service-or-outright-menace". HDBits in the news as torrent site. 
  43. ^ HDBits at Alexa
  44. ^ "ddos-attacks-take-down-whatcd-major-private-bittorrent-trackers". SceneAccess in the news as torrent site. 
  45. ^ SceneAccess at Alexa
  46. ^ "most-coveted-private-torrent-sites". waffles in the news as torrent site. 
  47. ^ Waffles.fm at Alexa
  48. ^ "Anime Suki". 
  49. ^ "Anime Suki". 
  50. ^ Anime Suki at Alexa
  51. ^ eTree at Alexa
  52. ^ New and Promising Torrent Sites TorrentFreak
  53. ^ moviemagnet at Alexa
  54. ^ Open BitTorrent at Alexa