Over the course of last two years, we have lost golden nuggets like kickasstorrents, extra torrents etc. either got banned or simply disappeared. On the one hand, torrentz revamped itself as torrentz2. However, pirate bay got blocked in a lot of countries. After kickasstorrents and extra torrents left us, a lot of people predicted that 2018 might just be the end for the Pirate Bay.
This highly popular website faced a lot of issues in being available to its users.It still sometimes appears as being temporarily down with Cloudflare. It has also got banned in a ton of countries. It has got a potentially countrywide ban on Austria and New Zealand.
This article is my compilation of the best torrent sites in 2018.
2016 was a very big year for file sharing and torrents. They got a significant lift before they started to get banned by authorities.
After this, in 2017, Extratorrent became a part of the list of websites that got shut down permanently. The list below has been updated to mention the websites that are still up. Wondering which of the torrenting websites are popular this year? In this list, I’ve mentioned some of the old ones and some newcomers.
When Torrentz.eu and kickasstorrents got shut down, it was a major hit in the industry.
As soon as these websites got down, they got replaced by new websites. Despite new players entering the game every single day, pirate bay still comes out as the king all the time.
Although not yet made official, but the reincarnation of torrents (torrentz2.eu ) is also among the most visited torrent websites this year. This platform acts as a search engine with which you can find torrent files to download.
The torrentproject is also doing very well as it has been around for a few years. Although it never made it in the top ten. At the last run tracker, and nyaa.se do deserve mention. Both of these websites have enough traffic to get listed here.
In this article, I have focused on websites that focus on providing English content. This article compiles the list of ten most visited torrent websites this year. The whole list is made of various traffic reports and research.
Most Popular Torrent Sites
1. The Pirate Bay
This site is often termed as the king of all torrent websites and is the oldest player on this list. The past year wasn’t very good for this player, but it is hoping to get back its traffic anytime soon.
This website has witnessed a very steady growth over the last several years. This trend continues, and the site is ranking and gaining traffic consistently. The founder has made an active community, and the community is one of the main reason why this website became so popular.
This website started out in the form of a Bulgarian tracker and had gained popularity in a large group of users. Tv shows and movies with the rarbg tag are nowadays common in other torrent indexes also. The site was started in 2008 but got in the top 10 list in 2015
Despite what the name suggests, YTS.ag is in no way associated with YIFY or YTS group. This site got into the top 10 list last year only. A lot of websites aren’t happy with sort of brand hijack and consistently banning releases.
This website, as I mentioned is the reincarnation of the original torrent.Eu website which got closed last summer. The search engine says that it is not related to original torrent website and is rather an improved version with more than 60 other torrent websites on the list.
This website had a bunch of issues last year. A lot of moderators and admins protested about the security issues. A lot of progress has been made since then. The site got the update, is improved and has been growing in terms of traffic since then. It recently revamped its design as well.
Quite a familiar name in the torrent industry for a while but made it into the list of top ten for the very first time. This website uses DHT to find content and currently has more than 10 million torrents in its list of database.
The original distribution group EZTV was shut down after it witnessed a hostile takeover in 2015 with a bunch of new owners claiming the ownership. The new group operates under the tag of EZTV.ag and now releases its torrents. Some of the releases are banned on other torrenting websites due to the controversy in the past.
This is yet another player that has been around for several years. Much like other websites, this site also has been blocked in a bunch of countries. The website provides a no-bullshit index which hosts more than millions of users every single month.
Limetorrents.cc got its spot back on this list only this year. The operator behind this website also launched itorrents a few months back, which is used by a bunch of other torrent search engines.
Use a VPN when torrenting
If the torrent website you’re trying to access is blocked in your country, or by your ISP, you can use a VPN software to access those websites.
You might have noticed that if you visit any torrent search engine, they would be advertising for VPN services, because of a good reason. These websites work hard to stay open and accessible. Thereby they tell the users to install a VPN when downloading content. In some countries, torrenting can get you in serious trouble; thereby it is must to use a VPN software.