Who is YIFY?

YIFY, for all practical purposes, is a well-known pirating brand. Even though the official YIFY websites are gone, that doesn’t mean that the term YIFY is dead as well. Also, tons of YIFY proxy and mirror websites have popped up.

Apart from being a pirated content site, YIFY is also a person. He started uploading movies and TV series for free on various websites in 2010.

Back then he was already a computer science student, so it didn’t take him long to learn how to re-encode and compress content on the internet so that people with slower internet connections could download it as well.

Despite their small size, YIFY uploads always provided good video and audio quality.

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About four years ago, it was reported that YIFY was actually a pseudonym that the founder of the YIFY sites and YIFY torrent group used to market the group’s offerings. The real founder’s name was Yiftach Swery and at the time he was a 23-year-old kid who knew how to make websites and develop apps.

an image of Yiftach Swery

With that said, readers should understand that the brand YIFY came into being not just because of Yiftach but a whole group of people who worked on the product.

Reports mention that Yiftach distanced himself from the group and the whole torrent scene towards the end of the YIFY brand’s life after which law enforcement agencies sued the group and both parties settled their claims out of court.

If you’re wondering whether or not you’ll see YiFY back on the torrent scene then know that you won’t.

an image of Yify website

Yiftach has moved on and the whole team behind YIFY has also moved on to do something more copyright-friendly with their lives.

YIFY did make a huge impact in the torrent community and redefined the quality of content that the torrent scene offered to torrent users. And for that, it’s become part of torrenting history.


Security Gladiators in no way encourages or condones any kind of copyright violation or circumvention of restrictions. That includes torrenting or downloading illegal content. Torrenting is a great way to access and share all kinds of content on the internet and there are plenty of opportunities there to engage in legal and safe online torrenting. You need to do your own research to see if these services and torrents are legal in your own country. We suggest to always use a VPN while torrenting.

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Zohair A. Zohair is currently a content crafter at Security Gladiators and has been involved in the technology industry for more than a decade. He is an engineer by training and, naturally, likes to help people solve their tech related problems. When he is not writing, he can usually be found practicing his free-kicks in the ground beside his house.
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