VPNetic has tested more than 30 torrent sites in order to find out which ones are the best. We tested the speed, their supply, and how easy the sites are to use. We do this because we want to deliver a top-list that we are proud of. With pressure from governments and other organizations, keeping a torrent page live for a long time can be exceedingly difficult. Because of that, this list will constantly be updated. It’s very important to use a VPN if you decide to download movies for free in order to stay anonymous and hide your digital footprint. In some countries it is currently illegal to distribute and share copyrighted material.
Best Free Torrent Sites 2020
🥇 1. ThePirateBay
- 🦜 Founded in 2003 by the think tank “Piratbyrån” in Sweden.
- 🦜 Available in 35 languages.
- 🦜 Hosted entirely on virtual machines instead of physical servers.
ThePirateBay is the largest and most popular torrent site that exists today. Since they were founded in 2003, they have experienced many attempts to bring down the site through lawsuits, blockages, and prohibitions. But every time someone comes close, there have always been mirror pages uploaded by the community. It is of utmost importance that you use a VPN if you intend to download something copyrighted, partly to protect yourself from hackers and partly to hide your digital footprints from your ISP. The Pirate Bay is at the top of our list because of how good their search engine is, how active the site still is and that there is no requirement to seed back after you have finished downloading.
🥈 2. RARBG
- 🦜 Founded in 2008.
- 🦜 It is currently blocked in 16 countries.
- 🦜 Uses BitTorrent protocol.
RARBG is an easy-to-use torrent tracker with a very good selection. Everything from popular current TV shows to obscure anime can be easily found through their categories or search function. They are one of the most-visited torrent sites in the world and this is partly because they have very high uptime compared to smaller sites. RARBG ranks 2nd on our list mostly due to their large selection and high user activity on the site. It is also very easy to download subtitles by simply clicking on the country flag next to the torrent/magnet links.
🥉 3. YTS
- 🦜 Founded in 2010 by university student Yiftach Swery in New Zealand.
- 🦜 YIFY is best known for its high-resolution files combined with small file sizes.
- 🦜 “YIFY” was the most searched keyword on Kickass Torrents in 2013.
YTS currently has nothing in common with “YIFY torrents“, but today’s site is run by anonymous volunteers who have adopted the name and culture. YIFY was closed down in 2015 in connection with a large lawsuit filed by MPAA. YTS is one of the most-visited torrent sites in 2020. We have placed them as 3rd on our list because they have a range that extends further back in time than other torrent-trackers do. You will find not only the newest TV series but also older films that are often overshadowed and forgotten by other torrent sites.
- 🦜 Founded in 2007.
- 🦜 Banned from Google’s search engine.
- 🦜 Third most popular torrent site according to TorrentFreak.
1337x first became popular in 2016 when Kickass Torrents closed down. In 2015, they abandoned the .pl domain for several reasons, including due to security issues as well as trying to get around the Google ban. Today 1337x has an incredibly easy to use website with useful filtering options such as “Most Downloaded Movie Torrents Last 24h“, “Most Popular This Week” and “Top 100 This Month“.
- 🦜 Torrentz2 is a clone of Torrentz.eu.
- 🦜 Torrents cannot be uploaded to Torrentz2.
- 🦜 Torrentz2 works like a search engine, just like Google.
Torrentz2 is an odd site to include in a top list of torrent sites. This is because it’s not actually a torrent tracker like TPB. Torrentz2 is more like a search engine, for torrent files. Torrentz2 searches the entire web and retrieves the most relevant results, which in this case are torrent files. This means that you will find the absolute largest range of torrents here and it is an incredibly decent alternative if your favorite site does not have the movie or file you were looking for.
Searching for torrents can be tricky. You have a lot of different factors to consider when choosing what file to download. Quality, legitness, size, subtitles, etc. Once you have figured out which quality is good enough and what torrent site to use it gets a lot easier. Downloading movies for free is definitely not recommended by VPNetic, if the files are copyrighted. It is illegal in many countries to download movies illegally and even more illegal to distribute copyrighted material.
Torrentsites are somewhat unreliable as they are subjected to take-down attempts almost every day. Partly by governments and partly by hackers or competing sites. That’s why we do our best to keep this article updated so you never have to look for a mirror / re-upload again.
VPNetic monitors these torrent sites continuously and keeps track of how often they are down as it can affect their position in our list.
KickassTorrents or KAT are not included in our leaderboard mostly because of their history of takedowns. KAT was founded in 2008 but has since had a very turbulent journey with lawsuits, shutdowns, and virus scandals. Today’s website is run to some extent by former staff but also by new personnel.
Which torrent program is the best?
Good question! It’s a question that seems to have different answers every year. Some of the reasons why torrent programs are shifting in quality each year are;
- The developers sell the program and someone else takes over.
- The developers sell information about the users to third-party companies.
- The developers install “adware” on users’ systems.
Below are some of our favorite torrent clients.
BitTorrent support themselves by income from ads and also by offering an ad-free version of their torrent-program. The price for it can go as low as $4.95 a year which may be worth it if you download a lot of movies and want to support the developers.
A clean UI with very well-thought-out, clear functionalities. No adware, bloatware, or anything in that arena, unlike some other free torrent programs that we won’t even mention here. QBitTorrent is a very stable choice of torrent program.
Vuze is a former favorite torrent program that had been loyal to its users for many years. But a few years ago, advertisements and compulsory add-ons were introduced that could not be evaded. As a result, many users stopped using Vuze, and therefore it is no longer recommended by us.
Deluge is a torrent-client which supports Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. The client is free to use and is more minimalist than it’s competitors. There are many plugins to choose from if you want more functionality but the base program itself works perfectly for file sharing.
uTorrent is one of the best-known torrent programs available. A very stable second-hand choice that has a large support base. Simple user interface and versatile program.
Good torrent sites
If you plan to download movies for free then you should keep in mind that it comes with certain risks. Illegal activity without the use of a VPN may lead to fines, lawsuits, and in some cases prison depending on where you are located.
Nowadays it is much safer to download movies but there was a time when LimeWire and DC ++ were overflowing with viruses, infecting millions of users every day. It is very important to carefully review the torrent uploaders and have updated antivirus and operating system when you download unknown files.
Torrent search engines
Some people prefer to use a torrent search engine instead of committing to just one torrent site. The reason behind this is because not every site can offer every movie, TV-show, game, or E-book that is out there. Some sites can be extremely niched, and you may only find those files by using a search engine.
For the people who do not have the time to be active in multiple communities, the search engine route is the best way to go. Just make sure you can trust the site in the results and the file that you are downloading!
You may even look for torrents on the dark web, which we have a full tutorial on right here: What Is The Dark Web And How To Access It
Anime torrent sites
The most popular torrent sites for anime are:
All of these sites have very active communities and forums which we strongly recommend that you participate in!
Free torrent sites
Most torrent sites are free to use. Some require registration, others may require you to seed back when you have finished your download.
But for the majority, TPB and the like will fulfill your needs, where there are no requirements at all.
If, on the other hand, you are a bit more tech-savvy and are looking for exclusive titles then you should look for “invite-only trackers“. These sites will require you to have an invitation from a member before joining. Sometimes there are temporary “free sign up” days where there is free registration.
Safe torrent sites
The safest way to download movies is by using a VPN service and downloading only verified uploaders.
Another way is to stick to the most popular movies that have a lot of seeders/distributors.
Download movies for free
Ever since the launch of the internet, files have been shared. Legally, and illegally. It is only in the most recent decade or so that Hollywood has been pushing legislation to protect the copyright of their material. Who can blame them?
Well, the main argument that a lot of filesharers use is that the availability just isn’t there.
A new movie is released and you have to wait 6 months before you can watch it. Maybe it’s not available in your region. Maybe it’s only available in theaters.
The list goes on. Some are just cheap and do not want to pay. Other buy merch and believe that’s their way of supporting the creators of the material.
“File-sharing will never be fully stopped because we as humans enjoy sharing things with other humans. It’s in our biology.” – Unknown
TorrentFreak is arguably one of the best torrent sites out there.
“Why is it not in your top list then?”
Because it doesn’t have any torrents! It’s more of a torrent news website. It’s great if you want to read guides or stay up to date on the latest news, but not so much for finding actual torrents to download.
Torrent – FAQ
🦜 Why do I need VPN for torrenting?
- If you refrain from using a VPN, your Internet service provider can track your activity and pass on that information to authorities.
🦜 What happened to all the torrent sites?
- Torrent websites are subject to continuous attempts to dismantle their sites from the government. In some cases, they are exposed to attacks from competing sites. This leads to unreliable web hosting and temporary downtime.
🦜 Which torrent pages still work?
- Currently, ThePirateBay and RARBG work the best, but that can change any time. If a torrent site is down for more than 1 week, it is possible that they temporarily disappear from our top list.
🦜 Which torrent trackers are the best?
- The very best torrent trackers are invite-only ones. This is because it reduces the risk of unauthorized access and the uploaders are more reliable. However, there are many decent free options such as TPB and RARBG.
Please note that using a VPN does not protect you completely from hacker attacks because ultimate protection would require you to use a virtual machine. We will write a guide for this later this year so keep an eye out for it in our blog!
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Author Per-Erik Eriksson
Per-Erik-Eriksson is the main author of VPNetic. Everything you read here has been written by him or one of his colleagues. Per-Erik has 10 years of experience within cybersecurity and has previously worked at Microsoft as a software engineer.