Best Free and Legal BitTorrent and P2P Websites

Try the best legal P2P services for music, videos, books, and games

Many peer-to-peer (P2P) websites on the internet are popular, but the vast majority of them provide links to copyrighted software and media files. If you want to know the best places to get free and legal music, videos, and other types of files, you need to go to one of the best legal P2P sites. In general, these legal BitTorrent websites have links to files that are covered by the Creative Commons License (CCL), which makes them legal to copy and distribute. 

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Bt.Etree: Best for Music Downloads

Grateful Dead in concert: Jerry Garcia, Mickey Hart
Thousands of concerts by "trade friendly" artists such as the Grateful Dead can be downloaded from bt.etree.org. Tim Mosenfelder / Getty Images

If you like listening to live recordings of concerts, then Bt.Etree is worth checking out. Download trade-friendly legal bootleg recordings of bands and artists using your favorite BitTorrent client. The downloaded files are in Shorten or Flac format. The lossless Flac format downloads can be hundreds of megabytes in size, but the quality is excellent. Shorten (SHN) format is a lossless, compressed format. Bt.tree.org is a community site where fans share recordings, and the site has built up a large selection covering many bands.

BitTorrent clients are available for Windows, Mac, and Unix computers.

What We Like

  • Hundreds of thousands of music downloads

  • Easy to search by band

What We Don't Like

  • Confusing website

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Vuze StudioHD Network: Music Videos and TV Shows

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The Vuze StudioHD Network contains a legal selection of P2P sources from which you can download media using the free Vuze BitTorrent client. The Vuze software client is easy to use, thanks to a straightforward interface that features a filter system for fine-tuning your results. With Vuze's legal BitTorrent network, you can search for a whole host of media, including music, videos, movies, and TV. A dedicated music section also contains a wide choice of genres.

The Vuze BitTorrent client can be used on Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems.

What We Like

  • Large selection of TV shows

  • Easily customizable

  • Small file size setup for Vuze client

What We Don't Like

  • Vuze client tries to install other software

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The Internet Archive: Vast Collection of Media

The Internet Archive is an enormous collection of movies, silent films, books, old-time radio shows, TV shows, and news coverage of important events. The site is completely legitimate. While it's not easy to navigate, the archive is filled with interesting content. It is also one of the web's premier music-sharing sites, allowing you to stream recordings of the concerts of hundreds of bands.

What We Like

  • Easy to browse by bands and date of concert

  • Has just about everything

What We Don't Like

  • Enormous site is difficult to navigate

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Public Domain Torrents: Movies That Made History, Sort of

All the content at the Public Domain Torrents website is legal. If you are a fan of old science fiction movies, you can watch till you drop using Public Domain Torrents. The site is all about flicks and offers a good selection of classics and B-movies in every category. The website isn't sophisticated, but it is easy to find the genre of classic films you like, and many of the films are difficult to find elsewhere.

What We Like

  • The place to go for classic films in all genres

  • Stellar sci-fi grade-B movie collection

What We Don't Like

  • More broken links than movie sites

  • Focuses almost exclusively on movies

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Bitlove: Best Podcast Selection

If podcasts are your thing, Bitlove is the place to go for a vast selection of legal, P2P downloadable podcasts. You can filter by language, which is handy because some podcasts are in languages other than English. You can also filter by type. Bitlove recommends the WebTorrent Desktop streaming torrent app — available for Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems — for streaming playback.

What We Like

  • Huge collection of audio files

  • Contents available in multiple languages

What We Don't Like

  • Difficult to search

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Legit Torrents

Legit Torrents has legal software links that include a large repository of official patches and mods with offerings for Windows, Mac, and Linux platforms. A nice feature of Legit Torrents is being able to see the current top-10 legal torrents through the Extra Stats menu.

What We Like

  • Good place to go for software mods

  • Easy to search

What We Don't Like

  • Not as active as some sites

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LinuxTracker: For Linux Users Only

Anyone who uses the Linux operating system knows the importance of Distros. The LinuxTracker website helps users find Distros, which is loaded with a good selection of everything Linux. The community is active with plenty of new torrents almost daily.

What We Like

  • Dedicated to Linux users

  • No advertisements

  • Active community with lots of current torrents

What We Don't Like

  • Minimalistic website