Most of the people are already using torrent websites to download movies, software, books and other premium stuff or tools. Few of these files are shared legally and are free to use, access or re-distribute. These premium stuffs, books or software are expensive which you have to buy from market. If you don’t know about the torrent or have not used the torrent before to download files, see the section below.
What is Torrent?
For those who don’t know about torrent file or torrent sites, here is a quick review of that. A torrent file is actually link to a file that is located on a distended PC. Torrent which is sometime referred as Torrenz or Bittorrent is a set protocol over internet where the users or PCs can share files with each other. The connecting PCs or users are known as Peer so the whole process is sometime called as Peer-to-Peer or P2P. Unlike traditional method of file downloading where the file is being uploaded to and downloaded from server, in torrent, the file is actually hosted or located in the PC and is directly accessed and downloads from that PC. The file might be a Hollywood movie, a TV show, graphic software, an anti-virus or a book. Torrent websites are collecting these torrent files or uploading it to their server. Users can download these files and then via torrent client, connect to the server where the desired file is located.
How Torrent Works?
Torrent file is just a locator which when open via torrent client, initiates the transfer of movies or something to the requested PC. There are many torrent clients that can be used to open and then access the file. Commonly using torrent clients are Vuze, Bittorrent, uTorrent and BitComet.These torrent clients usetorrent trackers to connect to peer computerand make the downloading fast. The file that is required is downloaded in chunks or pieces which is then reassembled into one by torrent tracker or by the torrent client.
Is torrenting legal?
While torrenting is considered as an illegal process or unlawful, there are many legal uses of torrenting (sharing or downloading via torrent).There are conditions the distribution of copyrighted material or their parts are legal. These including
File under Creative Commons (cc) are free to use by anyone so can be shared or put for downloading via torrenting.
Software or tools that give permissions of Fair Use are also legal to download or share via torrents sites. The original author or developer must be credited.
Works that are in Public domain are not subjected to copyright law and therefore can be redistributed via torrent.
What is Torrent Search Engine?
A torrent search engine is actually a torrent Meta-search engine which indexes other torrent websites and their content like torrent files of movies but do not actually host these files. While searching for a file or movie via torrent search engine like Torrentz.eu or Torstatus.com, these sites will return the download link to the file or to the webpage where the torrent file exists.
Disclaimer:Note that using torrent for downloading illegal or copyrighted material is illegal by all. Sites sharing such illegal stuff are banned in many countries like USA, UK, Canada, France, Australia and Germany. Many sites got banned worldwide because their domains are seized by Law enforcement agencies or Department of Justice. A recent example of such closer is Kickasstorrents and the Torrentz.eu.So use torrent to download legal stuff only that are either on Public domain or Creative Commons
From the above given list of torrent search engines and torrent websites, here we are going to review the top 10 websites. The link is giving along the website name for reference only; we are not promoting any of these sites or the torrenting process at all.
Torrentz is a torrent search engine which got popular last year due to closure of some famous torrent sites. Torrentz itself emerges with numerous extensions like torrentz.com, torrentz.org, torrentz.eu and torrentz.it. The search engine was accessed by millions of visitors daily to find and download their favorite movies, books or required software. Torrentz.eu actually indexes other torrent websites like Bitsnoop, The Piratebay, Kickasstorrents and lime torrent. The site then reproduces the links to torrent files from these websites to the visitors
2. Kickass torrents (KAT)
Kickasstorrents is the major torrent downloading website of the era. Came into existence in 2007, KAT faces many ups and downs to reach to the top of the all torrent websites. This site provides files from all categories but kickass movies torrents are the popular and most searched item over kat.ph.
3. ThePirateBay TPB
ThePiratebay can be said as the pioneer of torrenting in the millennium. The site faces ban in many countires but is now fully functional under thepiratebay.org domain. Millions of people use this mega-torrent website to get their desired software, ebook, movie or audio files. Unlike other torrent websites, TPB uses magnet links to the file which can be fetch via torrent client like BitTorrent or uTorrent.
Isohunt.to is reviewed here because of one of its unique feature and that is, the .iso files. Iso hunt return back the results in the form of ISO files. These iso files can be open via MagicIso or other software. Almost files from every category can be found and downloaded there.
We personally like Bitsnoop for a few reasons. The major one is its simple interface where one can easily locate and download the torrent file on the page. The site has fewer ads. It allows you to comment the status of downloaded file and also to seed or leech a file.