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.[citation needed]

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 January 21, 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
Torrentz Search engine No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No[3] No 298[4]
ExtraTorrent[5] None No Yes Yes Yes No VIP only Yes No Yes No[6] No 311[7]
The Pirate Bay None No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No No Yes Yes 368[8]
Rutracker None No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes[9] 427[10]
Nyaa Torrents Anime Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No  ? 494[11]
Rarbg None Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes No No No 976[12]
1337x[13] None No Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes No No[14] No 1,195[15]
Torrenthound[16] None No Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes No No No 2,374[17]
IPTorrents[18] None Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No 3,307[19]
isoHunt None Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No No No[6] No 3,325[20]
BitSnoop[21] None No Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes  ? No[6] No 4,294[22]
YourBittorrent None Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No[23] No 4,290[24]
TorrentProject[25] Search engine No Yes[26] Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No[27] 4,718 [28]
T411 None Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes  ? 5,735[29]


Torlock[30] Verified torrents No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No[31] 9,221[32]
TorrentLeech[33] Scene releases Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No 9,526[34]
Demonoid None No Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes  ? No[35] Yes 10,047[36]
Empornium Pornography Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No 10,145[37]
SevenTorrents[38] Movies No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No No No 16,226[39]
What.CD Music Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No 12,783[40]
BTDigg DHT search engine No Yes Yes No Yes Yes No No Yes No Yes 13,420[41]
broadcasthe[42] Television shows Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No 13,395[43]
RevolutionTT[44] None Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No 21,901[45]
Mininova Legally redistributable media No Yes Yes Yes[46] Yes Yes Yes No No No 23,485[47]
HDBits[48] Movies Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No 23,573[49]
SceneAccess[50] Scene releases Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No 27,786[51]
waffles.fm[52] Music Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No 41,953[53]
AnimeSuki Anime & otaku subculture[54] No Yes[55] Yes Yes Yes No No No No 45,061[56]
etree Live Concerts Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No 109,728[57]
MovieMagnet[58] Movies No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No No 146,730[59]
OpenBitTorrent None Yes No Yes No No No No No No 424,489[60]
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. ^ "Help". Torrentz. 
  4. ^ Torrentz 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. ^ The Pirate Bay at Alexa
  9. ^ https://rutracker.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5116042
  10. ^ Rutracker at Alexa
  11. ^ Nyaa Torrents at Alexa
  12. ^ Rarbg at Alexa
  13. ^ "1337x-staff-abandon-insecure-torrent-site-start-over". 1337x in the news as torrent site. 
  14. ^ "Contact 1337x". 1337x. 
  15. ^ 1337x at Alexa
  16. ^ "records-labels-prepare-massive-pirate-site-domain-blocking-blitz". Torrenthound in the news as torrent site. 
  17. ^ Torrenthound at Alexa
  18. ^ "uk-piracy-blocklist-expands-with-demonoid-isohunt-iptorrents-and-more". IPTorrents in the news as torrent site. 
  19. ^ IPTorrents at Alexa
  20. ^ Isohunt at Alexa
  21. ^ "pirate-bay-releases-pirate-browser-to-thwart-censorship". BitSnoop in the news as torrent site. 
  22. ^ BitSnoop at Alexa
  23. ^ "YourBittorrent - Legal". yourbittorrent. Retrieved 24 February 2015. 
  24. ^ YourBittorrent at Alexa
  25. ^ "uk-blocking-more-than-100-pirate-sites-after-new-court-order". TorrentProject in the news as torrent site. 
  26. ^ Torrent Project at Torrentproject
  27. ^ "DCMA". TorrentProject. 
  28. ^ TorrentProject at Alexa
  29. ^ t411 at Alexa
  30. ^ "uk-blocking-more-than-100-pirate-sites-after-new-court-order". Torlock in the news as torrent site. 
  31. ^ "Torlock FAQ". Torlock. 
  32. ^ Torlock at Alexa
  33. ^ "top-torrent-sites-and-richard-dawkins-blocked-in-pakistan". TorrentLeech in the news as torrent site. 
  34. ^ TorrentLeech at Alexa
  35. ^ "demonoid dmca". demonoid. 
  36. ^ Demonoid at Alexa
  37. ^ Empornium at Alexa
  38. ^ "dozens-of-pirate-domains-quietly-added-to-uk-isp-blocklists". SevenTorrents in the news as torrent site. 
  39. ^ seventorrents at Alexa
  40. ^ What.CD at Alexa
  41. ^ BTDigg at Alexa
  42. ^ "cd-broadcasthe-net-passthepopcorn-following-ddos-attacks". broadcasthe in the news as torrent site. 
  43. ^ Broadcasthe.net at Alexa
  44. ^ "hackers-leak-38000-passwords-from-large-private-bittorrent-tracker". RevolutionTT in the news as torrent site. 
  45. ^ RevolutionTT at Alexa
  46. ^ FAQ RSS at MiniNova
  47. ^ MiniNova at Alexa
  48. ^ "trading-sellling-torrent-site-invites-public-service-or-outright-menace". HDBits in the news as torrent site. 
  49. ^ HDBits at Alexa
  50. ^ "ddos-attacks-take-down-whatcd-major-private-bittorrent-trackers". SceneAccess in the news as torrent site. 
  51. ^ SceneAccess at Alexa
  52. ^ "most-coveted-private-torrent-sites". waffles in the news as torrent site. 
  53. ^ Waffles.fm at Alexa
  54. ^ "Anime Suki". 
  55. ^ "Anime Suki". 
  56. ^ Anime Suki at Alexa
  57. ^ eTree at Alexa
  58. ^ New and Promising Torrent Sites TorrentFreak
  59. ^ moviemagnet at Alexa
  60. ^ Open BitTorrent at Alexa