Nyaa Torrents

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Nyaa Torrents
Nyaa torrents screenshot.png
The Nyaa homepage on April 29, 2017
Type of site
Torrent meta-search engine
Available inEnglish
Launched2005; 16 years ago (2005)
Current statusOnline

Nyaa Torrents (named for the Japanese onomatopoeia for a cat's meow) is a BitTorrent website focused on East Asian (Japanese, Chinese, and Korean) media. It is one of the largest public anime-dedicated torrent indexes.[1][2]


In 2011, some users of the site were sued for copyright infringement.[3] The site was a target of a large DDoS attack in early September 2014.[4]

On 1 May 2017, their .se, .eu and .org domain names were deactivated, with the site's moderators later confirming that the owner took it down voluntarily.[5][6][7] In the following weeks several forks, partially based on Nyaa code and database of torrents, were started, each using 'nyaa' in its name.[8]

In the official FAQ posted by the community that surrounded Nyaa it is said that some data between 2016 to May 2017 was lost and there wasn't a reputable backup of the Nyaa database for that time period.[9]

In June 2017, TorrentFreak reported that Germany-based Goodlabs put up a fake version of the .eu site in an attempt to get users to download malware.[10]

As of March 2021, the .si fork is the only fork remaining.

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  1. ^ "KickAss Proxy 2016: Think Twice Before Considering These Alternative Sites". www.thebitbag.com. Archived from the original on 2017-08-16. Retrieved 2017-05-16.
  2. ^ "Top 10 Most Popular Torrent Sites of 2017 - TorrentFreak". TorrentFreak. 2017-01-07. Retrieved 2017-06-16.
  3. ^ Ernesto. "Anime Distributor Launches Piracy Assault, Sues 1337 BitTorrent Users". TorrentFreak. torrentfreak.com. Retrieved 2014-09-05. ... The complaint specifically mentions the BitTorrent sites isohunt.com, kickasstorrents.com and nyaatorrents.org as potentially playing a role in the sharing process. ...
  4. ^ Harbison, Cammy. "Nyaa Anime Torrents Still Down: File-Sharing Site Has Been Offline For 5 Days, But Japanese Government Isn't Likely The Culprit". iDigitalTimes. idigitaltimes.com. Retrieved 2014-09-05.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Ernesto. "Anime Torrent Site NYAA Goes Down After Domain Name Deactivation". TorrentFreak. torrentfreak.com. Retrieved 2017-05-02.
  6. ^ "Major anime torrenting site 'NYAA' goes offline". technology.inquirer.net. 4 May 2017. Retrieved 2017-06-16.
  7. ^ web@horriblesubs.info. "Spread the word: Nyaa is down, use magnet links » HorribleSubs". horriblesubs.info. Archived from the original on 2019-03-29. Retrieved 2017-06-16.
  8. ^ "Nyaa Anime Torrents". torrents.me. 2017. Archived from the original on 2017-06-09.
  9. ^ "NYAAPOCALYPSE FAQ - Pastebin.com". archive.fo. 2017-05-04. Retrieved 2021-01-18.
  10. ^ "Scammers Pick Up NYAA Torrents Domain Name". TorrentFreak. 2017-06-24. Retrieved 2018-09-18. Just a few weeks after the domain names of anime torrent site NYAA were deactivated, one of them is back in action. However, the domain no longer belongs to the old crew, but to scammers who are trying to lure irreproachable users into downloading harmful content.