Most of the people who like to download stuff from various torrent sites are only able to name either one or two of their favorite torrent websites. In reality, those one or two torrent websites are the only ones they know.
In other words, it is a safe bet that torrent websites don’t have a lot of marketing budget and hence rely on word of mouth to get their word across and then attract more interest from potential users.
If we’re talking about the most used torrent sites of the year (most used could be translated as most popular) then we’ll have to first take out KickassTorrents from the discussion from the beginning.
KickAssTorrents was probably the king of the hill as far as popularity was concerned until it got shut down and take out by all the anti-piracy groups and other copyright holders along with law enforcement agencies who have run rampant against file sharing websites such as torrent sites and other P2P networks over the course of the past year.
But that shouldn’t stop us from naming our favorite torrent websites of the year. It has become a kind of a tradition now and besides, just because you use torrent sites does not mean that you download something illegal or download copyrighted stuff for free without prior permission from producers of that copyrighted content.
It should come as a no surprise to anyone that The Pirate Bay has taken the top spot this year in the list of most popular torrent websites of the year.
The sheer quality and quantity of The Pirate Bay, along with sufficient amount of configuration settings such as filters and well-seeded files, makes it the best torrent site on earth after the late KickAssTorrents.
As we have already mentioned before, law enforcement agencies along with anti-piracy groups went after several piracy websites like torrent websites and other types of file sharing websites in the past year and hence, as a result, you’re likely to see several newcomers to the list of best torrent sites of 2017.
What A Year It Has Been For Pirates And Law Enforcement Agencies
Mostly it has been one-way traffic as far as the battle between pirates and law enforcement agencies is concerned.
There is no doubt about the fact that the beginning of the year 2017, in terms of the big players in the torrent industry, looks remarkably different from the beginning of the previous year i.e 2016.
The difference has been caused by the likes of BRIEN and other copyright holder groups who have really stepped up their game in the last 12 months or so.
You already know that KickAssTorrents got wiped off the face of the earth. And even though mirrors of the site have popped up left and right, they still can’t match the quality of the original KickAssTorrents site. There are several reasons for that.
One of them being that all of KickAssTorrents mirrors lack even the most basic functionality. The search functions on these mirror torrent sites aren’t useful and they’re library of torrents isn’t updated.
Most of the KickAssTorrents mirrors are also filled with spam advertisements. Every click results in several pop-ups that introduce the user to shady websites and lifetime offers. In other words, you should stay away from all KickAssTorrent mirrors.
But KickAssTorrents wasn’t the only big-name player that got knocked out in the year 2016. The other hugely popular torrent site by the name of Torrentz.eu also got taken down and it, just like KickassTorrents, has disappeared from the scene altogether as well.
But as is so common with everything on the internet, the vacant top spots were quickly taken by other ambitious, younger, players.
Some of the places were filled by older torrent sites as well.
As of this moment though, The Pirate Bay still has a big enough lead over all other torrent sites that we don’t think anyone would be able to come out on top come the end of the year 2017.
That doesn’t mean The Pirate Bay doesn’t have any competitors though. The likes of ExtraTorrent and RARBG as fast closing the gap between themselves and The Pirate Bay.
The torrent site ExtraTorrent was one of the few torrent websites that was able to capitalize, in a big way, on KickAssTorrent’s removal from the web.
ExtraTorrents recorded increased traffic from the day KickAssTorrents was taken down.
Torrentz.eu tried to make a comeback with an unofficial rebirth in the form of Torrentz2.eu. Torrentz2.eu is the fastest climber on our list. It did not even exist at the start of 2016 but yet it has managed to grab the fifth spot in the list of best torrent sites of 2017.
Perhaps this is a good time to mention that Torrentz2.eu (or torrentz.eu) isn’t really a torrent website. It is more a meta-search engine.
With that said, Torrentz2.eu made no serious efforts to move away from its earlier versions model. In fact, it mirrored the design and functionality of its predecessor down to the inch. In fact, the newer version of the now defunct, but once popular, meta search engine Torrentz2.eu is actually better because it makes use of more extra sites in order to show users results for any specific file.
The most unknown, but good, torrent site today is probably TorrentProject. TorrentProject has done tremendously well as far as number of visitors are concerned.
The new torrent site isn’t exactly new as it has been hanging around the torrent scene for several years now. But this is the first time in its existence that TorrentProject has made it to the list of best torrent websites of any year on any site.
There are other lesser known names as well such as Nyaa.se along with Rutracker which, despite being new and relatively unknown, deserve a special mention because of the effort they have put in bringing quality service to all potential online users.
In terms of traffic both Nyaa.se and Rutracker have amassed impressive numbers and that is the primary reason why both of these torrent sites have made it to the list this year.
Do keep in mind that our list mostly contains torrent sites that target potential users who consume content in English. We’ve also included torrent sites that cater to an international audience and host mainstream content.
So let’s get to it.
As you would have probably guessed yourself, assuming you’ve been following torrent websites long enough, The Pirate Bay is still the king as far as best torrent sites are concerned. Not only that, The Pirate Bay is also the oldest of all the torrents that have made it to the top of our list.
No doubt, that the year 2016 has been a little less than forgiving for The Pirate Bay. The popular torrent site has remained quiet for a site that has been consistently ranked as the most notorious of all torrent websites.
Moreover, The Pirate Bay is still operating from its original address (or domain name) that is the .org one. Though you can’t access it if you’re in Australia. Here is the best way to access The Pirate Bay in Australia.
Its Alexa Rank is 116 in the world and was ranked number two on the list of best torrent sites last year.
Extratorrent is one of those sites that keeps on improving year after year. It has been able to consistently climb up the rankings for the past several years.
This year, it benefited greatly from KickAssTorrent’s removal since most of the users migrated to Extratorrent after law enforcement agencies shut down KickAssTorrents.
If official sources are to be believed then the main reason why Extratorrent has performed so well in the past several years is because of its active online community.
We think that the other two less celebrated reasons are the presence of ETTV and ETRG on the site. Both, hugely popular and trusted, release groups upload files on Extratorrent before any other torrent site.
Its Alexa Rank is 244
You might have never guessed it but did you know that RARBG began its operations as a Bulgarian tracker and not has a fully fledged torrent website?
Regardless, RARBG has managed to attract hundreds of thousands of users to its torrent site and has become the favorite source of files for pirates who like to download their content in video format.
In other words, RARBG has built an impressive reputation for providing quality movies and TV series.
RARBG tags have become as ubiquitous as Google as far as torrent indexes are concerned. RARBG came on to the scene in 2008 and it took the operators and administrators of the site a total of seven years before it broke into the top 10 list of best torrent sites.
Its Alexa Rank is 282
As indicated earlier in the article as well, Torrentz2.eu is currently a first class ready-made replacement for Torrentz.eu which got shut down in the later part of 2016. Most reports would tell you that Torrentz.eu shut down itself and didn’t want to offer its services to online users anymore and we think there is some truth in that. In other words, it was voluntary rather than forced.
No matter, another meta search engine has filled its spot, which is Torrentz2.eu. The best part about the new meta search engine is that it doesn’t really try to hide the fact that it is not associated with the original Torrentz.eu.
In fact, it goes one step further in many ways and proudly boasts that it is actually an improved version of the original Torrentz.eu.
Of course, all of those proclamations are pretty subjective but there is no doubt about the fact that the new Torrentz2.eu beat Torrentz2.eu in the number of torrent sites (a whopping 60!) it searches to display results for any specific term.
Its Alexa Rank is 415
1337x hard journey to our list of best torrent sites has been a little less than smooth. It has faced some major issues in the year 2016.
The site’s administrators along with moderators complained a lot about some security issues and that affected its overall operations.
The good news is that everything seems to be on track again as the staff behind 1337X made some major progress in the past year alone.
1337X is now a much improved torrent website and as a result, has increased its traffic significantly this year.
Moreover, to commemorate its new status as one of the best torrent sites in the world, it has recently upgraded its design.
Its Alexa Rank is 819
The first thing you should know about YTS.AG is that it is not affiliated with the older YTS or even the YIFY release group. Those dudes are gone.
But YTS.AG has stayed the course for much of the past year and that has landed it the sixth spot in our list of best torrent sites.
Of course, there are a lot of torrent sites out there that haven’t welcomed the fact that YTS.AG has effectively hijacked the YTS and YIFY brand but that doesn’t mean it isn’t good enough to make our list of best torrent sites.
It might not make it to the top 10 best torrent sites next year because our sources tell us that many torrent sites have started to actively ban the releases from YTS.AG.
Its Alexa Rank is 335
After a messy takeover a couple of years ago, EZTV.AG has made a strong comeback. The people behind the original torrent release group EZTV are gone and probably dead. The new owners have worked hard in improving the torrent site after they claimed the ownership of the older group back in 2015.
The new owners release torrents through the domain name EZTV.ag. The only other thing you should know about EZTV.AG is that some of its releases are banned by other torrent websites as a protest to the group’s less than shiny history.
Its Alexa Rank is 1472
The name TorrentProject is a well-known name in the torrent industry so you don’t need an introduction for it right now. It has made it to the top 10 list of best torrent sites for the first time since its creation.
From a technical perspective, it makes use of DHT to search and find content. As of this moment in time, the site has over 10 million torrent files in its own database.
Its Alexa Rank is 872
After a bad run of couple of years, LimeTorrents is finally back to where it, hopefully, belongs i.e the best 10 torrent sites of the year. The operators of LimeTorrents launched another project by the name of Torrents in the past couple of months which is basically a torrent cache.
LimeTorrent results are tracked and then used by many other meta torrent search engines.
Its Alexa Rank is 2443
Again, not the newest in terms of its age. In fact, it is old enough to be blocked by a majority of internet service providers. That also means that it can’t be accessed in many countries.
LimeTorrents has made it to this list of best torrent sites because of its direct approach to indexing torrent files. It serves million of torrent users every month without running into problems.
Its Alexa Rank is 1946
There you have it. The list of best torrent sites in 2017. If we missed one of your favorites then do let us know by using the comments section below.