Last year saw the fall of a few of the biggest torrent websites as authorities and companies tried their best to stem the piracy tide.
KickassTorrents was the biggest fatality last year. This was a blow, as KAT was there to pick up the slack when The Pirate Bay was having its issues and it quickly became the favourite alternative to The Pirate Bay.
Torrentz, a torrent search engine, also met its maker and was taken offline. This year was off to a bad start, as ExtraTorrent was also shut down.
It might look like no torrent website is safe anymore, however, many still stand the test of time.
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It is important to not put all your eggs in one basket and have a healthy list to choose from, so here is a list of the best torrent sites in 2017.
The Pirate Bay
This torrent website doesn’t have the tagline of “The galaxy’s most resilient BitTorrent site” for no reason.
The Pirate Bay has survived take down after take down, its founding members being arrested and being blocked in multiple countries with very little disruption to its service.
It has an up time I think many big websites out there would be jealous of despite the numerous attempts on its life.
The Pirate Bay is the most well-known torrent website out there and for good reason.
It’s selection is completely unrivalled, The Pirate Bay has been around for such a long time you will find it has torrents that just aren’t available elsewhere.
The user interface is simple and to the point, it tells what you need to know and it allows you to filter and sort to your own preferences.
Adverts are non-intrusive (providing you aren’t having to use a dodgy proxy) which is a blessing in this day and age.
The Pirate Bay is a torrent website with class, it is the old guard and it will continue to be a template on which other torrent websites should use to build and improve upon.
RARBG has a really accessible interface that anyone can easily get to grips with.
Whilst it is lacking in the software side of things, for movies and TV shows it truly excels (especially for newer stuff).
RARBG is blocked in numerous countries but the blocks can easily by bypassed with a VPN or proxies. Though proxies are continuously being blocked as well, there are plenty available that it never really becomes a problem.
The biggest problem is trying to find one that doesn’t inundate you with horribly intrusive adverts.
If you are someone that is interested in the newest movies and TV shows, RARBG is the best torrent site for you, the “Recommended torrents” header at the top of the page with posters is really invaluable for quick and easy searching.
Despite the relatively dodgy name, 1337X is a really competent torrent website.
Ever since it had a redesign the jump in traffic has been huge (there’s an important titbit for any budding torrent websites).
They have a wide range on offer, but like RARBG, they have more to offer in the movie and TV show side of things.
Their redesign made it easier for users to easily find what they were looking for, with the newest and most popular stuff being brought front and center.
This made it easy for a casual user to easily find what they are looking for.
It will be interesting to see what kind of legs 1337X has when they start to gain more attention from the authorities and various studios.
If they can stand firm in the face of such threats they may go a long way.
As it stands, as an alternative, 1337X is a fantastic torrent website that has a lot to offer.
Zooqle is a new player in the torrent game but it isn’t so much of a torrent website as it is an aggregator.
It does have a lot to offer though and it easily compiles the best torrents in one place for any given piece of media.
Adverts aren’t too bad on Zooqle, there are some popups but it isn’t as bad as some other torrent sites.
Zooqle has a really nice interface, it plainly lays out all the most popular and new movies and TV shows next to a poster.
I think Zooqle will grow in popularity quite quickly, especially as the competition for a similar service doesn’t really exist.
Limetorrents can’t help but bring on some nostalgia of the Limewire days.
The lime green colour that is used across the website is a very pleasant touch.
Limetorrents is definitely an up and comer. The interface is more like The Pirate Bay in design so it isn’t quite as user friendly as RARBG, for example, but for those that are used to torrent websites, you will feel right at home.
With a little refinement Limetorrents could easily become one of the big boys.
As it is stands now, Limetorrents is a nice backup option that is sure to serve you well.
If you want the best torrenting experience you will want to look into gaining access to private trackers.
Many are invite only, and many newer ones are open for a short period of time. The most popular ones will require an invite, many you can find in giveaways or you may be able to donate to get into a tracker.
If you want to get involved with a private tracker you can’t just hit and run, that is you can’t just download and stop seeding.
Private trackers keep track of your upload and download, if your account falls below a certain ratio, the account will be banned.
If you can’t/won’t upload or your upload speed is poor, a private tracker isn’t for you.
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