YTS is taking over from The Pirate Bay as the most visited torrent site, despite the various legal issues that emerged over the past years.
The main YTS domain name draws millions of visitors per day even though it only lists movie torrents.
The yearly list of popular torrent sites is filled with well-known brands. This year there is one newcomer, Torrentdownloads. The site, which replaces Zooqle, is actually an old acquaintance that was last listed in 2019.
If we have to signal a clear trend, we would point out that there’s not much happening in the torrent ecosystem. Newcomers rarely break into the top ten.
We have limited the list to English-language torrent sites which means that sites such as Rutracker.org, Rutor.info, and Etoland.co.kr are not included, despite the fact that they have substantial traffic numbers.
Below is the full list of the top ten most-visited (unique) torrent sites at the start of the new year. The list is based on various traffic reports. Please note that this list is created as a historical record, to keep track of the popularity of these sites over time. We do not recommend or endorse using any of these sites. Some are known to link to malicious ads, at least incidentally.
Note: BitTorrent technology itself is not illegal but you can only use it to share content with permission from the rightsholder.
Top 10 Torrent Sites of 2022
- The Pirate Bay
- FitGirl Repacks
YTS.mx is the unofficial successor of the defunct YTS or YIFY group, which shut down a few years ago.
YTS has been the target of several lawsuits in the US over the past year, which led to quite a bit of controversy. The operator signed a consent judgment and agreed to hand over user data. As a result, several YTS users received settlement requests or were sued.
After more than 17 years, The Pirate Bay is still going strong. Despite more than a month of downtime in early 2020, the site has kept most of its audience.
The Pirate Bay continues to operate from its .org domain. The site’s registrations remain closed, however, and comments are still disabled.
1337x keeps its spot in the top three. Unlike some other sites, it has a loyal group of uploaders that provide fresh content on a daily basis.
1337x offers a wide variety of torrents. The site banned official YTS releases after the above-mentioned controversy.
RARBG has remained steady over the past year. The site operates from several popular domain names, but only the one with the most traffic is taken into account for this list. RARBG was founded in 2008 and specializes in high-quality video releases.
NYAA.si is a popular resurrection of the anime torrent site NYAA. While there is fierce competition from alternative pirate streaming sites, the torrent portal continues to do well, climbing one position compared to last year.
EZTV.re is a controversial TV-torrent distribution group that hijacked the EZTV brand from the original group, which was forced to shut down soon after.
The group often copies releases from other TV-torrent groups, which occasionally leads to embarrassing situations.
FitGirl Repacks is by no means a traditional torrent site. It is the home of a popular ‘girl’ who releases slimmed-down cracked versions of popular games, which keeps download times to a minimum.
FitGirl, who we interviewed in 2020, publishes torrents on other sites too but also offers magnet links of their own, which is why we included the site here.
LimeTorrents has been around for well over a decade. Like many other entries in this list, it is blocked by ISPs in countries around the world, which seems to hurt overall traffic somewhat.
TorrentGalaxy is a relatively new torrent site, which launched little over three years ago. The site has a dedicated group of uploaders and an active community. In addition to torrents, TorrentGalaxy also makes some releases available for streaming.
TorrentDownloads has been around for since 2007. The torrent site regained a spot in the top 10 this year after it was featured for the last time in 2019. It’s a no-nonsense index that hasn’t changed much in recent years.
✅ That depends. Downloading content that’s shared with permission from the creator is perfectly legal. Downloading pirated content is not legal.
✅ Yes. If you use torrents everyone can see your IP-address.
✅ Most people use a BitTorrent client like uTorrent or Transmission. However, there are also ways to download torrents with your browser.
Disclaimer: Proxies and clear copycats are excluded. Please keep in mind that many sites have mirrors or alternative domains, which are often not taken into account here. The yearly list is published as an informational / news resource. The 2021 torrent site list is archived.