by Paul Gil, Updated May 01, 2017
The top torrent sites currently include old favorites like The Pirate Bay, as well as very popular sites like ExtraTorrent, RARBG, Limetorrents, and 1337X.
That said, we know that the best torrent site is always the one that has the high quality torrent you're after, and with the most seeders, so a large and thorough list of torrent sites, like you'll find in the table below, is always a welcome resource to find.
Please know that Lifewire does not condone the illegal sharing of copyrighted files! See our full disclaimer and warning for new torrent users at the bottom of this page.
Important: See our Best VPN Service Providers piece for a constantly updated list of services that can help keep your torrent activity, and other browsing, private and secure.
The Best Torrent Sites: May 2017
Below is a big list of torrent sites, more or less in the order that we prefer to search from. If you're new to torrents, don't forget that you'll need a torrent client to get these files! We have a list of the Best Torrent Downloader Software if you're interested.
Note: All torrent sites in this table are working, as least as of the last update to this page. Let us know if we need to add or subtract a listing.
Torrent Site -What We Like
The Pirate Bay -This site is a classic! TPB It has been around in one incarnation or another for a long time and the torrents are, and have always been, trusted here.
ExtraTorrent -Torrent searching here can be more of a browsing activity, helpful for finding torrents for movies and music you might not have known about.
BARBG -This torrent site is for P2P enthusiasts. It's full of quality, high-resolution torrents. It's about quality here, not quantity.
1337X -If you're after older or more obscure torrents, 1337X might be for you. Their torrent database isn't nearly as large as some others, but it might have just what you're after.
LimeTorrents -This is another torrent site you don't want to skip in your serach. Users love the size of their database and the frequency of legitimate files.
TorrentDownloads -We love the super straightforward torrent detail page at TorrentDownloads. That would be reason enough to give this one a try but the big database and high quality of torrents make it a great choice.
Demonoid -The Demonoid site has been serving up torrents since 2003 as a number of different domains. This is a private membership community so you'll need an invite to join.
IsoHunt -Also beginning in 2003, IsoHunt has gone through a lot of changes but even in its newest incarnation, is a very popular torrent search engine.
YTS.AG -Frequently written off as a TIFY/YTS impersonator soon after launch, most users find YTS.AG torrents to be high quality and legit.
Torrentz2 -This is like a super torrent index, searching for torrents across dozens of other torrent sites. You can see the complete list in their sites in our index page.
KAT -This super popular torrent site is formally referred to as "Kissass Torrents" and lives across various mirror sites.
TorrentProject -TorrentProject has around 10 million torrents indexed and is an often cited favorite.
TorrentFunk -This is a pretty popular torrent site, in no small part due to its "verified" status indication, as well as user comments.
Torlock -This is the "no fake torrent" site you've been waiting for. The site actually pays its users $1 per fake torrent they find.
EZTV -You won't find every torrent you're after here, but users say the quality of the torrents you do find is consistently good.
WorldWide Torrents -Set aside the aggressive splash screen on WWT's home page, this torrent index is worth a look.
Sky Torrents -With a huge database and pretty clean interface, it's no wonder this multi-million strong collection of torrents is one we frequently hear about.
BTScene -A clean interface and relative lack of annoying advertising makes BTScene one of our favorites.
Torrents.me -This meta torrent site isn't too special among all the others but we love the amazing dashboard on their home page. If you're a data nerd and a torrent fan, you'll appreciate what they've done.
iDope -The iDope torrent site is worth mentioning if only for its innovative iDope Android app. P2P file sharing right from your smartphone or tablet!
YourBittorrent -The clean interface is a big reason to try this torrent searcher... especially if you're new to BitTorrent.
Monova -A nice, clean design is reason enough to spend time here. Advertising can be an issue at times but if you can get over that, it's a great torrent site.
Toorgle -This is another "meta" torrent search engine, pulling in the databases from over 450 torrent sites into one place.
Seedpeer -With a sizable database of torrents, Seedpeer is and always has been a great place to search. The interface isn't as nice as some others, but it's still a very usable site.
There are a number of popular non-English torrent sites that exist as well, like 7tor, RuTracker, Pirateiro, ArenaBG, NT, and Pirate Public. They'll be harder to use for your English-only downloaders but could have that one file you're after.
Tips for New BitTorrent Site Users
Those of you who've been downloading and seeding torrents for years probably don't need much help anymore, but if you're new to torrents, we have two resources that you'll be very happy you read.
First, we highly recommend our Torrent File Sharing: A Beginner's Guide piece. Here you'll learn how BitTorrent file sharing works, how to protect yourself, and how to get to the movies and music you're after in the most safe and efficient way possible.
Second, but probably even more helpful, is our How to Spot Fake Torrents article. This is a really big problem and not one a newcomer might assume is something she or he has to worry about. Here we have lots of torrent site searching tips that will keep you out of harm's way.
It's also worth noting that the advertising on torrent sites very often skew towards the NSFW variety so keep that in mind as you're deciding to use one of them on a public computer or in view of others.
Disclaimer & Torrent Legal Warning
Lifewire does not condone illegal sharing of copyrighted material. While P2P file sharing technology is completely legal, many of the files traded through P2P are indeed copyrighted. Uploading these copyrighted files puts you at risk of a civil lawsuit in the USA, Canada, Australia, and the UK, at a minimum.
While these lawsuits are often class-action suits, filed against groups of users who blatantly copy and distribute copyrighted materials, some lawsuits are targeted at individual users in an attempt to make an example of them.
These P2P civil lawsuits are very real, and whether or not they are successful, they are often an extreme financial and emotional burden on the defendants.
Additionally, your Internet Service Provider may choose to release a history of your download and upload activity to potential copyright plaintiffs. In general, the more data you download and upload, the more risk you have of being sued by copyright protection groups.