When someone talks about torrenting, the first site that comes to mind is The Pirate Bay. With The Pirate Bay getting constant knocks, it’s become too much of a liability in the torrenting world. Since The Pirate Bay is frequently out of the picture, everyone is looking for the next best thing. Below you will find great options for torrenting as we present the ten best torrenting websites to download any type of content you want.
Just a piece of friendly advice—before you start using one of these torrenting sites, make sure you’re equipped with a good VPN for torrenting. Using torrenting sites without the protection of VPNs leaves you vulnerable to a DMCA notice and possible legal action.
The 10 best torrent sites for downloading movies, TV, and music
TorrentDownloads.me has been around for quite some time now, and are getting more and more recognition as time passes by. It is a very simple-to-use index with millions of torrents for you to choose from. The site categorizes its content sections very neatly, and you can find torrents divided into different sections like:
- TV shows
You can also find the most downloaded, most seeded, most active, and most leeched torrents. Needless to say, its torrent categorization is off the charts and allows users to find their favorite torrent easily. Overall, TorrentDownloads is more than an adequate solution for your torrenting needs.
If you’re a fan of torrenting, then you’re probably familiar with ExtraTorrent. If you aren’t, I’m just going to mention the fact that in 2016, ExtraTorrent became the second largest torrent site after The Pirate Bay. Being second-best is nothing to be ashamed of, especially when the number one spot is occupied by the torrenting legend The Pirate Bay.
What makes ExtraTorrent special is the fact that this torrenting site offers more than just a place to download torrents. It has a community section on its website that is particularly dedicated to educating torrenting enthusiasts about the idiosyncrasies of torrenting. The community section stores a ton of useful articles on torrenting that will make everyone become an expert on torrenting.
When it comes to torrenting capabilities, the website masterfully categorizes different torrent types into different sections, making life easy for those users who want to find their favorite torrent quickly:
- TV shows
These are just some of the categories that you can find on the website. Just a reminder: the site tends to change domains given that the original ExtraTorrent website was shut down a couple of years ago. The functioning ExtraTorrent website can now be found under extratorrent.ag, and you can learn more about how to use it here.
YTS is another good torrenting site that you should consider. You most likely know this site as the YIFY group. This site is pretty popular; in fact, it is so popular that the UK has banned them nationally via ISP. However, smart people know that this is not a fatal obstacle, and the ban can be easily bypassed with quality VPNs for unblocking geo-blocked websites. Make sure that you choose one which also allows torrenting.
YTS is a particularly good source when it comes to downloading high-quality movies. YTS allows users to search and download movies in outstanding 720p, 1080p, and 3D formats. On its main page, you can find a good selection of popular, latest, and upcoming movies. It looks like YTS strives to become the ultimate movie torrenting hub, and by the looks of things, the torrenting site is not far from achieving that.
There are very few torrenting websites out there that hit me right in the nostalgic bone like isoHunt, but perseverance is not the reason why this site is in this list of 10 best torrenting sites for downloading. The site has been operating from 2003 all the way to 2013 when it was shut down. During that time, isoHunt reached over 13.7 million torrents in its database and 20 million peers from indexed torrents.
But, by the end of October 2013, two sites presumably mirrored isohunt.com, one of which remained the successor of the original isoHunt website. This one is a new version that isn’t affiliated with the first. It looks the same, feels the same, functions the same, and I swear it smells exactly the same. Ya, I used isoHunt that often!
1337X is a great torrenting website that has a rich torrent database that is neatly categorized. The main page of the website stores different types of torrents in the following categories:
You can also check out what’s trending in the world of torrents and find out what are the top 100 torrents downloaded on 1337X. There are also other categories revealing the most popular torrents of the week, the most popular movie torrents of the week, the most popular game torrents of the week, etc.
LimeTorrents is a search engine that doesn’t virtually host torrent files but rather links to torrents hosted on the website. LimeTorrents got popular for the exact reason it wouldn’t want to—the company was sued by Lionsgate Films over a leaked copy of Expendables 3. Have you seen that movie? It wasn’t worth the hassle…
Nevertheless, the website has a professional outlook and offers tons of torrents categorized into different sections:
- TV Shows
You can also check out the most popular torrents and trending torrents on the site. In fact, one of the biggest advantages of LimeTorrents is the excellent user experience that users have via the simple, organized layout.
RARGB is another reliable source that offers a wide selection of quality torrents. The website has been around since 2008, and has built a reputation as a reliable torrent site in that time. However, I should note that RARGB is blocked in some countries like Bulgaria, Denmark, and Portugal. Still, that’s nothing that a good VPN for geo-blocked websites can’t handle. On RARGB’s website, you can find some of the best quality torrents in the categories of:
- TV shows
You can also check out the top ten downloaded torrents on its website. Still, I have to say that the functionality of the website is not on the highest level, as the loading time of the website is surprisingly slow.
NYAA.SI is a popular iteration of the torrent site NYAA, which was shut down a while ago. The previously anime-oriented torrenting site now hosts a ton of torrents in different categories, not just anime. Users can easily find their way on the website and search for content in various categories:
- Live Action
The website offers a sweet option for users to pick only trusted torrents which effectively filters out the dubious torrent files. The website has a simple interface and is easy to navigate through.
If you love binge watching great TV shows, this is the torrenting site for you. EZTV relived the fate of The Pirate Bay, as it was originally shut down in 2015. Despite its controversial history, the brand made its way back to the torrenting game, and the new owners of the brand make sure that EZTV is still going strong.
On EZTV’s website, you can find anything that is TV-related, from the latest trends to classics to late night shows. Its interface may appear to be a bit outdated, but no one really cares about the ancient interface. What matters is that the functionality of the website works splendidly. The website is packed with TV torrents and other helpful sections dedicated to specific TV series. Seriously, if you were searching for a torrenting site specializing in TV shows, EZTV is the way to go.
10. The Pirate Bay
Last on the list is the torrenting legend itself—The Pirate Bay. Why is it all the way down here on the list, you may ask? Well, because of its turbulent nature, The Pirate Bay has become something of a liability and we don’t know when the site can get another knock, and be out of order for god knows how long. At the moment, thepiratebay3.org works fine, and despite its long and rough history, The Pirate Bay is still going strong.
The Pirate Bay is well-known for its distinctive simple interface and neat torrent categorization. It stores millions of torrents in different categories and is pretty easy to use, even if you’re a beginner. Unfortunately, it no longer has the mod team which made it such a legend in the first place all those years ago.
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The ‘Rest in Peace’ Section: The Torrent Project is down.
This is a brand-new, and still very simple, torrent site which is in beta mode at this time. The site is a search engine, just like Google, except for torrents. It has a few interesting search features. This includes an exact phrase searches (using quotes), safe mode searching, advanced searches, and word exclusion searches (using the -sign). It operates thanks to a variety of open source tools.
Update: BitSnoop is down
My decades long fandom of Snoop Dogg aside, BitSnoop has been in operation since 2009. While the people who built the site aren’t experts at writing in English, read their FAQ page, they’re clearly great at what matters: delivering an easy to follow torrent site.
The best part of BitSnoop is that they help you out with an easy to use Advanced Search feature. You can refine your search for:
- Exact phrase searches
- Exclusion searches
- By size
- By date added
And a few other metrics which help you weed out all the crap you don’t want.
Update: This list has been changed to reflect the closing down of Torrentz and Kick Ass Torrents during the months of July and August 2016. They have been removed and two new torrent websites, TorrentHound and TorrentDownloads, have been added to keep you at 10 options!
Latest update: This list has been updated to reflect the closing down of TorrentHound. We are sad to see you go, torrenting puppy…
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