At the beginning of 2017 the torrent landscape looks quite different from a year ago. Update: List of top is now out. With the shutdown of KickassTorrents and Torrentz.eu, two of the largest players in the scene disappeared. However, their places were quickly filled by established sites and a few new faces. The Pirate Bay is in the lead once again, closely followed by ExtraTorrent and RARBG, which gained many new visitors in recent months. Must read: The unofficial Torrentz reincarnation Torrentz2.eu is the highest newcomer in fifth place. This meta-search engine copied the look and feel of the defunct meta-search engine and covers dozens of extra sites compared to its predecessor.
TorrentProject is also doing well. The site has been around for quite a few years already but never made it into the top ten before. Finally, and also deserve a mention. Both have enough traffic to warrant a listing, but we chose to limit the list to sites that are targeted at mainstream content for an English or international audience. Below is the full list of the ten most-visited torrent sites at the start of the new year. The list is based on various traffic reports and we display the Alexa rank for each.
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The Pirate Bay is the “king of torrents” once again and also the oldest site in this list. The past year has been relatively quiet for the notorious torrent site, which is currently operating from its original.org domain name.
Torrent networking debuted in 2001. A Python-language programmer,, created the technology with the intent to share it with everyone. And indeed, its popularity has taken off since 2005. The torrent community has now grown to millions of users worldwide in 2009. Because torrents strive to screen out dummy and corrupt files, are mostly free of adware/spyware, and achieve amazing download speeds, is still growing fast. By straight gigabytes of bandwidth used, bittorrent networking is the most popular activity on the Internet today. • Torrent networking is NOT a publish-subscribe model like Kazaa; instead, torrents are true Peer-to-Peer networking where the users themselves do the actual file serving.
• Torrents enforce 99% quality control by filtering out corrupted and dummy files, ensuring that downloads contain only what they claim to contain. There is still some abuse of the system, but if you use a community torrent searcher, users will warn you when a torrent is a fake or dummy file.
• Torrents actively encourage users to share ('seed') their complete files, while simultaneously penalizing users who 'leech'. • Torrents can achieve over 1.5 megabits per second. • Torrent code is open-source, advertising-free, and adware/spyware-free.
This means that no single person profits from torrent success. • 'Swarming' is about splitting large files into hundreds of smaller 'bits' and then sharing those bits across a 'swarm' of dozens of linked users. • 'Tracking' is when specific servers help swarm users find each other. • Swarm members use special Torrent client software to upload, download, and reconstruct the many file bits into complete usable files. • Special.torrent text files act as pointers during this whole process, helping users find other users to swarm with, and enforcing quality control on all shared files.
Torrents are different from the competing Kazaa network in one significant way: torrents are true P2P sharing. Instead of 'publisher servers' dishing out files, torrent users do the file serving.
Torrent users voluntarily upload their file bits to their swarm without payment or advertising revenue. You could say torrent users are motivated, not by money, but by a 'Pay-It-Forward' cooperative spirit.
If you recall the Napster.com model of the 1990s, bittorrent swarming is the same, but with sharing incentive added. • Bittorrent client software • A tracker server (hundreds of them exist on the Web, no cost to use). • A.torrent text file that points to the movie/song/file you want to download. • A Torrent search engine that helps you find these.torrent text files. • A specially-configured Internet connection with port 6881 opened on the server/router to allow torrent file trading. • A working understanding of file management on your PC/Macintosh. You will need to navigate hundreds of folders and filenames to make file sharing work for you. At the very worst, it will take you about one day to set up your PC or Mac for torrent swarming.
If you don't employ a hardware router or with your modem, then setup will likely take only 30 minutes of choosing and installing your bittorrent client. If you do use a hardware router or firewall (which is a smart way to configure your home machine), you are likely to get 'NAT' error messages at first. This is because your router/firewall has not been taught to 'trust' your bittorrent data yet. Once you open digital port 6881 on the router/firewall, the NAT messages should stop and your bittorrent connection should work just fine. • You use special torrent search engines to find.torrent text files around the Net. A.torrent text file functions as a special pointer to locate a specific file and the swarm of people currently sharing that file. These.torrent files vary from 15kb to 150kb file size and are published by serious Torrent sharers around the world.
• You download the desired.torrent file to your drive (this takes about 5 seconds per.torrent file at cable modem speeds). • You open the.torrent file into your. Usually, this is as simple as a double-click on the.torrent file icon, and the client software auto-launches.
In other cases, this software will even open the torrent file for you. • The torrent client software will now talk to a tracker server for 2 to 10 minutes, while it scours the Internet for people to swarm with. Specifically, the client and tracker server will search for other users who have the same exact.torrent file as you.
• As the tracker locates torrent users to swarm with, each user will be automatically labeled as either a “leech/peer” or as a “seed” (users who have only part of the target file, versus users who have the complete target file). As you might guess, the more seeds you connect to, the faster your download will be.
Commonly, 10 peers/leeches and 3 seeders is a good swarm for downloading a single song/movie. • The client software then begins the transfer. As the name “sharing” implies, every transfer will happen in both directions, “down” and “up” (leech and share). *SPEED EXPECTATION: Cable and DSL modem users can expect an average of 25 megabytes per hour, sometimes slower if the swarm is small with less than 2 seeders. On a good day with a big swarm, however, you can download a 5MB song within 3 minutes, and a 900MB movie within 60 minutes. • Once the transfer is complete, leave your torrent client software running for at least two hours. This is called 'seeding' or 'good karma', where you share your complete files to other users. Suggestion: do your downloads just before you go to sleep at night. This way, you will seed your complete files, you will increase your upload/download ratio, and you will have complete downloaded files by the time you wake up!
• Movie and music plug-ins: you will likely need to install media players and updated codec converters to play your downloads: • e.g Windows Media Player, DivX, RealAudio, Daemon Tools Virtual CD/DVD. Learn more about • e.g. XP and other coder-decoder converters.