Torrent Search Engines: The Top Ten

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The Top 10 Torrent Search Engines on the Web

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Millions of people all over the world use the bittorrent peer to peer file-sharing system to exchange and share large files. Here are the top-rated torrent search engines on the Web, as reviewed and rated by Lifewire.com users and the Web community at large.

While searching for torrents and P2P sharing technology is completely legal, many of the torrent files that you will come across on the Web are actually copyrighted. Copyright law in the United States and other countries (excluding Canada) puts these torrent files and downloading these torrent files at risk for legal action, including lawsuits. Please use common sense and know your local laws before using torrent technology.

NOTE: Many of these sites have adult content. Viewer discretion is advised.

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The Pirate Bay

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The Pirate Bay is one of the Web's largest torrent search engines and trackers started in Sweden in 2003. Thousands upon thousands of torrent files can be found here, anything from books to movies to television shows. One of the best ways to use the Pirate Bay is to check out the top 100 list, an ever-changing collection of what's being downloaded or shared by the most people. The Pirate Bay is also one of the most reliable torrent search engines on the Web, with an active community that communicates clearly whether or not a torrent is worth dealing with or not. 

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Mininova

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Mininova is one of the largest torrent search engines on the Web, started in 2005. Mininova provides an easy to use torrent search engine and directory and, since adult submissions are not allowed, Mininova is a family-friendly site (as always, however, use your best judgment when allowing minors to access anything on the Web - see How to Keep Kids Safe on the Web). 

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Isohunt

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Isohunt was started way back in 2003 by a young student named Gary Fung. This very popular torrent search engine deals with thousands of torrents every single day, funneling results from one hundred different torrent sites on the Web for the very best selection. It enjoys millions of visitors from all over the world daily.

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YouTorrent

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YouTorrent is easy to use torrent platform/search engine that even beginners will find intuitive. Find torrents on YouTorrent several different ways: via a keyword search, browsing through categories, or simply checking out what's on the Featured list on the front page.

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btjunkie

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NOTE: This site was shut down in 2012 but seems to pop up from time to time again so we have left it on the list.

btjunkie definitely is one of the larger torrent search engines out there, with over 1.5 million active torrents and from 5,000-25,000 torrents added daily. Search for torrents on btjunkie via keyword, or find what you're looking for by selecting the "Browse" tab, then explore the various drop-down menus: Category, Seeded, Trackers, etc. 

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Torrentz

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Torrentz is a torrent metasearch engine, which means that it filters results from a wide selection of other torrent sites on the Web to bring you what you're looking for. Type in a query, and your search results will come back with results from several different sites and/or search engines.

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Torrent Reactor

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TorrentReactor can be a little bit overwhelming to use simply because there's so much available here. To cut down the noise-to-signal ratio a bit, try exploring the categories found on the left-hand and middle navs of the home page

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Kick Ass Torrents

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KickAss Torrents is probably one of the easiest to use sites in this list, certainly one of the most visually appealing. The site is arranged in an easy to use way, with tags at the top indicating the most searched for torrents, then categories with the most popular files arranged top to bottom (with RSS feeds for each one). Browse the Latest, Releases, or Community sections for the most up to date torrents and torrent information.

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Demonoid

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Demonoid may have a somewhat scary name, but it's actually a very good torrent directory/portal with a very active forum community. Not just anyone can participate here; registrations are periodically closed down to ensure that the site is functioning at top capacity. Some torrents are available to non-registered users but to enjoy the full realm of all that Demonoid has to offer, users must watch for a chance to register and become part of the Demonoid community.

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More information on the world of torrents, bittorrents, and peer to peer

torrents 101

 BitTorrents 101: Torrents, bittorrents, peer to peer file sharing...say what? Never fear, Lifewire.com is here to help you get up to speed on all things torrents. Learn what these files are, why they are so popular, and how you can use them to download and share large files on your own.

The Top 8 Torrent Clients Online: In order to download torrents, you have to have a torrent client. There are many of these simple software programs out there but not all give the searcher the same results. This Lifewire.com article gives you the best bittorrent clients that consistently deliver a reliable, safe, and user-friendly download experience.

Peer to Peer: In the context of Web search, the acronym P2P stands for peer to peer or a peer to peer network. A peer to peer network is a computer network that relies on the strength and computing power of many servers and computers, rather than one centralized computer or server.