Well, ThePirateBay comes out as the king of torrents once again in 2017. Since several torrent sites and search engines have shut down in recent months, this year's top list also reveals some newcomers. Notice that many this kind of sites shutted down some time ago. However, their places were quickly filled by established sites and a few new faces. The PirateBay is in the lead once again, closely followed by ExtraTorrent and RARBG, which gained many new visitors in recent time.
The unofficial Torrentz reincarnation Torrentz2.eu is the highest newcomer in 5th 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. It looks solid and works very good like original site. TorrentProject is also doing well, respect. The site has been around for quite a few years already but never made it into the top ten before.
Below you can see the full list of the 10 most-visited torrent sites at the start of the new year (2017). This list is based on various traffic reports and we display the Alexa rank for each. In addition, last year’s ranking is included.
The Pirate Bay is the “king of torrents” once again and also the oldest site on this field. The past year has been relatively quiet for the notorious torrent site, which is currently operating from its original .org domain name. They use cloudflare system and reach ~116 alexa rank.
RARBG, which started out as a Bulgarian tracker, has gained the hearts and minds of many pirates. Movies and TV series with a RARBG tag are a common sight on other torrent indexes as well. The service was founded in 2008 but only made its first appearance in the top ten in 2015.
YTS.ag is in no way affiliated with the original YTS or YIFY group, but succesfully took its place in the last year. Not all other torrent websites are happy with the ‘brand hijack’ and several are actively banning its releases.
As we said, Torrentz2 is a stand-in for the original Torrentz.eu site, which voluntarily closed its doors last summer. This great meta-search engine is open about the fact that it’s not related to the “real” Torrentz and positions itself as a new and improved version, searching over 75 other torrent sites. We must add this is the most known and popular torrent search engine and everyone who likes pirates probably heard about this project.
1337x had some issues a year ago, when several of the admins and mods protested over security concerns. However, much progress has been made since. The site improved, kept growing in traffic, and recently rolled out a new fresh design as well.
TorrentProject is a familiar name in the torrent scene but appears in the top 10 for the 1st time. The site uses DHT to find content and currently has more than 10 million torrents in its database! Sounds good?
Unfortunately, the original TV-torrent distribution group EZTV shut down after a hostile takeover in 2015, with new owners claiming ownership of this brand. The new group currently operates from EZTV.ag and releases its own torrents ready to download. These releases are banned on some other torrent sites due to this controversial history of the brand.
TorrentDownloads has been around for many years. Like other similar sites it is actively blocked by ISPs in several countries. The site offers a no-nonsense index that provides torrents to millions of visitors each month.
Limetorrents regained a spot in the top ten this year. The website’s operator also launched the torrent cache iTorrents a few months ago, which is used by several other torrent search engines and works fine.