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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
Alexa rank553 (as of August 2019)[1]
Current statusOnline

Nyaa Torrents (named for the Japanese onomatopoeia for a cat's meow) is a BitTorrent website focused on East Asian (Japanese, and Chinese /or Korean) media. It is one of the largest public anime-dedicated torrent indexes.[2][3]


In 2011, some of the site users were targeted for copyright infringements.[4] The site was a target of a large DDoS attack in early September 2014.[5]

By early 2017, Nyaa's popularity ranked it around the 1000th most popular website on the Internet.[6]

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.[7][8][9]

In the following weeks several forks, partially based on nyaa code and database of torrents, have been started, each using the term nyaa in its name.[10]

In mid-2017 TorrentFreak reported that Germany based Goodlabs put up a fake version of the .eu site and are attempting to get users to download malware.[11]

As of mid-2018, the two main surviving forks had the .si and .cat domains.[12] By early 2019, Nyaa's .si domain was ranked around the 500th and the .cat domain, around 12,000th most popular websites on the Internet.[13][14]


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  3. ^ "Top 10 Most Popular Torrent Sites of 2017 - TorrentFreak". TorrentFreak. 2017-01-07. Retrieved 2017-06-16.
  4. ^ Ernesto. "Anime Distributor Launches Piracy Assault, Sues 1337 BitTorrent Users". TorrentFreak. Retrieved 2014-09-05. ... The complaint specifically mentions the BitTorrent sites, and as potentially playing a role in the sharing process. ...
  5. ^ 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. Retrieved 2014-09-05.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Alexa. [1] Ranked 1,009 in 2017 March 10
  7. ^ Ernesto. "Anime Torrent Site NYAA Goes Down After Domain Name Deactivation". TorrentFreak. Retrieved 2017-05-02.
  8. ^ "Major anime torrenting site 'NYAA' goes offline". Retrieved 2017-06-16.
  9. ^ "Spread the word: Nyaa is down, use magnet links » HorribleSubs". Retrieved 2017-06-16.
  10. ^ "Nyaa Anime Torrents". 2017. Archived from the original on 2017-06-09. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  11. ^ "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.
  12. ^ "Illegale Webwarez-Szene – Juni 2018 -". June 18, 2018.
  13. ^ Alexa. [2] Ranked 505 in 2019 March 7
  14. ^ Alexa. [3] Ranked 11,901 in 2019 March 7