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After you set up your computer, you're ready to download .torrent files. You can search for the term '.torrent' using an Internet search engine to find sites that offer BitTorrent files. There are also a number of sites dedicated to BitTorrent file searching. These include isoHunt and TorrentSpy. Other sites that offer BitTorrent files directly include bt.etree.org for shareable music, Legal Torrents for music, videos and books, and BT on EFnet for recent television shows.

When you find the file you want, right-click the .torrent link, choose 'save target as' and save the file in a convenient place on your computer, such as the Windows desktop. The .torrent file, which is a pointer to the actual file you want, will download quickly. Next, double-click the .torrent file you saved to your computer. The BitTorrent client software displays and starts the download process:

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As we mentioned before, the more computers in the sending/receiving swarm, the quicker the download process. If you are downloading a file with only a few other computers in the swarm, the transfer speed will be relatively slow.

Jan 14, 2016. Torrent files are simply metadata and cannot be copyrighted. We don't host torrents, we don't even save torrents for ourselves after the filename and size extraction. Torrentz is similar to Google. Torrentz respects copyrights and acts in compliance with EUCD and DMCA. Torrentz will gladly remove any links at copyright owner's request. May 01, 2016. Torrent is a protocol whereby the problem of searching the files is solved by creating and distributing small.TORRENT files which have information regarding the various seeds and peers for a file that is being downloaded on the torrent network using the torrent protocol. Torrentz2 is a popular torrent search engine that sprang up in 2016 when Torrentz shut.

After the download is complete, leave the BitTorrent client software open so that other peers can download .torrent files from your computer.*

­Peers using BitTorrent can download only .torrent files from your computer. Once you have a complete copy of a file, your computer becomes a potential seed for that file -- as long as you're still running the software. Sharing what you have causes speedier BitTorrent downloads for you in the future. You can leave the client software running for a few hours or overnight.* Simply close the software when you're done.

Legal Ramifications Similar to other peer-to-peer software, BitTorrent can be used to download copyrighted material. Because BitTorrent handles large files remarkably well, it is especially popular for downloading video files. The Motion Picture Association of America has filed countless lawsuits, causing at least many high-traffic .torrent download sites to shut down.

­ BitTorrent itself is perfectly legal to use. When you select a file to download, however, it is your responsibility to make sure the file not copyrighted. BitTorrent downloads are not anonymous information about your computer's IP address and the files you download can be traced back to you.

Despite its improper use by distributors of copyrighted material, the BitTorrent program itself both legal and innovative. With additions such as tit-for-tat and an open-source philosophy, BitTorrent will likely build a legacy of its own while serving as a bridge to the next generation of file-serving software.

For more information on BitTorrent and related topics, check out the links below.

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More Great Links

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  • Bram Cohen's BitTorrent Site http://www.bittorrent.com
  • Brian's BitTorrent FAQ and Guide http://dessent.net/btfaq/
  • BitTorrent Tweaks http://userpages.umbc.edu/~hamilton/btclientconfig.html
  • etree http://bt.etree.org
  • BitTorrent 101, About.com. http://netforbeginners.about.com/od/peersharing/a/torrenthandbook.htm
  • 'File Sharing's New Face.' The New York Times, February 12, 2004.
  • 'The BitTorrent Effect.' Wired Magazine, January 2005.

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Second, there are a lot of torrent sites riddled with ads and malware that provide low-quality torrent files or even fake torrents all together. To address this, we decided to compile a list of the best torrent sites for 2020 while providing the following information to give you a true assessment of the state of a torrent site:

  • Year established: This is a sort of “reliability gauge.” The older a site the more reliable it is. A popular torrent site that’s been able to survive five, 10, or more years without being shut down must be very reliable.
  • Popular content formats: We include some of the popular content formats available on the torrent sites we feature.
  • Banned in the following countries: If we have information that a torrent site has been banned in a particular country, we include this information.
  • Supports instant downloads: We indicate whether a torrent site supports instant download or not.
  • Mirrors/Alternate URLs/IPs: We include mirror sites and/or IP addresses to allow you other means of accessing a torrent site in case it has been blocked by your ISP.
  • Number of torrents: We include the total number of torrents available on a site at the time of compiling this list.
  • Speed test: We downloaded the same file from all of these websites using NordVPN and listed the results under each torrenting website (100MB/s connection out of Estonia).

Many torrent sites may beblocked in your region, so to restore access you’ll need to use a VPN. Our top choice for torrenting (based on both speed and privacy) is NordVPN – check out our list of best VPNs for Torrenting. Not only can you access blocked torrent sites, but you can rest assured that your torrent activity won’t be traced back to you in the form of a nasty letter from your ISP. We recommend you using NordVPN while doing all your online activities.

If you don’t want to use a VPN, you can follow this guide on how to unblock websites.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: We do not encourage illegal activity. Downloading copyrighted material is often times illegal, even in the countries which allow torrenting.

1. Torrentz2

Torrentz2 is a popular torrent search engine that sprang up in 2016 when Torrentz shut down. Torrentz2 combines results from other search engines to provide one of the biggest databases of torrents. The torrent search engine boasts of having over 61 million torrents and our research shows that it has more movie torrents than other types of torrents.

  • Year established: 2016
  • Popular content formats: Movies, TV Series, Music, Applications, Games.
  • Banned in the following countries: None.
  • Supports instant downloads: No.
  • Mirrors/Alternate URLs/IPs: Torrentz2.me, Torrentz2.is, Torrentzwealmisr.onion
  • Number of torrents: 61 million+

Download Speed

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The average DL speed was 1.9MB/s

2. iDope

iDope is a torrent search engine that provides direct magnet links to torrents. Besides having a massive database of over 18 million torrents, it features a clean UI and has a mobile version that makes torrenting on smartphones easy.

  • Year established: 2016
  • Popular content formats: Movies, TV Shows, Music, Games.
  • Banned in the following countries: None.
  • Supports instant downloads: No.
  • Mirrors/Alternate URLs/IPs: idope.bypassed.bz
  • Number of torrents: 18,450,000+

Download Speed

The average DL speed was 3.7MB/s

3. Torrent Downloads

Torrent Downloads is a torrent index with one of the biggest databases out there. At the time of compiling this list, it features over 16 million torrents.

  • Year established: 2007
  • Popular content formats: TV Shows, Movies, Music, Books, Games, Software.
  • Banned in the following countries: United Kingdom.
  • Supports instant downloads: No.
  • Mirrors/Alternate URLs/IPs: torrentdownloads.unblockall.org, torrentdownloads.unblocker.cc
  • Number of torrents: 16,121,000+

Download Speed

The average DL speed was 1.8MB/s

4. LimeTorrents

With over 9.8 million torrents, LimeTorrents is one of the torrent sites with the biggest databases out there. It offers torrents for several content types such as movies, TV shows, games, and applications. It is currently banned in Australia and France.

  • Year established: 2009
  • Popular content formats: Movies, TV Series, Music, Games, Applications, Anime.
  • Banned in the following countries: Australia, France, United Kingdom.
  • Supports instant downloads: Yes.
  • Mirrors/Alternate URLs/IPs: limetorrents.asia, limetor.club, limetorrents.info
  • Number of torrents: 9,833,000+

Download Speed

The average DL speed was 2.8MB/s

5. Bit Torrent Scene

Bit Torrent Scene is one of the leading sources of torrents online. It allows users to torrent movies, TV series, music, games, software and ebooks.

  • Year established: 2017
  • Popular content formats: Movies, TV series, Music, Games, Software, Ebooks.
  • Banned in the following countries: None.
  • Supports instant downloads: Yes.
  • Mirrors/Alternate URLs/IPs: btsproxy.com, btscene.unblocker.cc, bittorrentstart.com
  • Number of torrents: 5,118,000+

Download Speed

The average DL speed was 3.6MB/s

6. Torlock

Torlock is a torrent index and search engine mainly focused on TV series and movies. Torlock is particular about ensuring that users have access to only genuine torrents, and it takes this so seriously that it once introduced a program that pays users $1 for every fake torrent they are able to find on its site.

  • Year established: 2010
  • Popular content formats: Movies, TV Series, Games, Music, Applications, eBook, Anime.
  • Banned in the following countries: Australia, India, United Kingdom.
  • Supports instant downloads: Yes.
  • Mirrors/Alternate URLs/IPs: torlock.unblocked.mx
  • Number of torrents: 4,440,000+

Download Speed

The average DL speed was 3.1MB/s

7. The Pirate Bay

The Pirate Bay is certainly the biggest torrent site in the world and one of the most controversial to ever exist. It has been blocked in at least 28 countries and has survived battles with some of the world’s most powerful governments. This site is over 15 years old, however, and as a result ranks high in terms of reliability. It allows users to torrent movies, TV series, books, applications, games and music. Our research shows that the majority of torrents on TPB are movies and TV shows.

  • Year established: 2003
  • Popular content formats: TV Shows, Movies, Music, Games, and Applications.
  • Banned in the following countries: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Kuwait, Malaysia, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom.
  • Supports instant downloads: Yes.
  • Mirrors/Alternate URLs/IPs: ThePirateBay.red, Tbp.tw, TPBMirror.org
  • Number of torrents: 3,286,000+

Download Speed

The average DL speed was 3.1MB/s

8. Zooqle

Zooqle is relatively younger compared to most of the other torrent sites featured on this list. It’s a torrent index specializing in verified torrents, and with a database of over 3 million torrents it certainly shouldn’t be taken for granted. While it features content in a variety of categories, movies and TV series are especially popular on the site.

  • Year established: 2013
  • Popular content formats: TV Shows, Movies, Music, Games, Applications, Books.
  • Banned in the following countries: None.
  • Supports instant downloads: Yes.
  • Mirrors/Alternate URLs/IPs: zooqle.unblocked.mx, zoqle.bypassed.org
  • Number of torrents: 3,200,000+

Download Speed

The average DL speed was 3.5MB/s

9. 1337x

At the time of compiling this list, 1337x has been online for 11 years. That ranks it high in terms of reliability. It provides a directory of torrent files and magnet links, and is often touted as the best alternative to The Pirate Bay. Our analysis shows that over 90 percent of the top 100 torrents on 1337x are movies.

  • Year established: 2007
  • Popular content formats: Movies, TV Series, Games, Music, and Applications.
  • Banned in the following countries: Austria, Australia, Ireland, United Kingdom.
  • Supports instant downloads: No.
  • Mirrors/Alternate URLs/IPs: 1337x.st, x1337x.ws, x1337x.eu
  • Number of torrents: 2,375,000+

Download Speed

The average DL speed was 686.3KB/s

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10. YourBittorrent

YourBittorrent has a somewhat controversial history. While founded in 2009, it really began operation in its original form in 2003 as a collaboration between two partners — the product of which was myBittorrent; one of the partners wanted the website eventually shut down while the other partner wanted it to become bigger. This led to a split, the product of which is YourBittorrent.

  • Year established: 2009
  • Popular content formats: Movies, TV Series, Software, Games, Music, Anime, Ebooks.
  • Banned in the following countries: Portugal, United Kingdom.
  • Supports instant downloads: Yes.
  • Mirrors/Alternate URLs/IPs: 104.31.17.3
  • Number of torrents: 1,190,000+

Download Speed

The average DL speed was 1MB/s

11. Demonoid

When it comes to reliability, you can count on Demonoid. The popular BitTorrent tracker was launched in 2003, the same year as The Pirate Bay, and it’s had its own fair share of downtime due to political pressure. The site with over 10 million users has over 800,000 torrent files and provides torrents for movies, TV series, music, books, applications, and games. Our research shows that Demonoid has more movies and TV series than other files, followed by music.

  • Year established: 2003
  • Popular content formats: Movies, TV series, Music, Books, Applications, Games.
  • Banned in the following countries: Ukraine, United Kingdom.
  • Supports instant downloads: Yes.
  • Mirrors/Alternate URLs/IPs: Dnoid.me, Demonoid.unblocked.bet
  • Number of torrents: 893,000+

Download Speed

The average download speed was 1.8MB/s

12. RARBG

RARBG is a popular torrent site that was established in 2008. Our research shows that the popular torrent site that provides torrent files and magnet links has more movies than other types of files.

  • Year established: 2008
  • Popular content formats: Movies, TV Shows, Games, Music, Software.
  • Banned in the following countries: Bulgaria, Denmark, Indonesia, Ireland, Morocco, Pakistan, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom.
  • Supports instant downloads: No.
  • Mirrors/Alternate URLs/IPs: 185.37.100.122
  • Number of torrents: 811,000+

Download Speed

The average DL speed was 1.3MB/s

13. TorrentsGroup

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This torrent site was established in 2016 and has since grown to host over 225,000 torrents. It allows users to torrent movies, TV series, apps, and documentaries amongst other types of files.

  • Year established: 2016
  • Popular content formats: Movies, TV Series, Anime, Apps, Documentaries, Games.
  • Banned in the following countries: None.
  • Supports instant downloads: No.
  • Mirrors/Alternate URLs/IPs: 104.18.52.165
  • Number of torrents: 225,000+

Download Speed

The average DL speed was 5.5MB/s

14. EZTV

Many avid torrenters will know EZTV, a popular TV torrent distribution site that was founded in 2005. After experiencing a hostile takeover, EZTV was claimed by a new group operating at EZTV.AG. While many popular torrent sites ban releases from EZTV due to its history, many have found its torrents to be of great quality.

  • Year established: 2015
  • Popular content formats: TV Series/Movies.
  • Banned in the following countries: Australia, Ireland, United Kingdom.
  • Supports instant downloads: Yes.
  • Mirrors/Alternate URLs/IPs: eztv.red, eztv.unblocked.mx, eztv.unblocked.bet
  • Number of torrents: 153,000+

Download Speed

The average DL speed was 3.7MB/s

15. YTS.AM

YIFY movies are known to have excellent video quality at the smallest file sizes. YTS.AM is the leading source of YIFY torrents online.

  • Year established: 2011
  • Popular content formats: Movies.
  • Banned in the following countries: Ireland.
  • Supports instant downloads: No.
  • Mirrors/Alternate URLs/IPs: yts.unblocked.mx, yts.unblocked.mx
  • Number of torrents: 7,200+

Download Speed

The average download was 1.8MB/s

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