Best Free Torrent Search Engines



Used properly, bittorrent is one of the safest ways to transfer content.  The torrent file contains metadata (hash) about the files to be shared and the bittorrent client checks content received against this metadata.  If there is any difference, the content received will be discarded.  This means that malware cannot be added to a torrent after it is active and that any data that is damaged in transmission will be discarded and re-downloaded.

This article is part of a series of articles on bittorrent here at Gizmo's Freeware.  If you are not familiar with bittorrent, then before using this article you should read this:

This article is about finding the content you want.  There is a great deal of content available in bittorrent.  Over 25 PetaBytes of content is available in over 20 million active torrents.  These sites will help you narrow the results from all those torrents to find the clean, real and healthy (bittorrent-wise) torrent for the content you are looking for.

Public vs Private Torrent Search Sites

Search box imageThis article lists public torrent search sites, which do not require registration.  There are many private torrent search sites and it would be impossible to fairly rank them here as one would have to be a member to fully evaluate.

Many people prefer private torrent sites for the privacy (only members active on torrent), clean torrents and speed (ratio enforcement ensures a well seeded torrent).   The downside is that there are rules and regulations and sometimes overzealous administrators. 

If you are interested in a private site take a look at Getting In To Private Torrent Sites.

Scam Links, Toolbars and Ads

Unfortunately, even the best public torrent search sites have ads, scam links and toolbar downloads.

I strongly suggest that you use a web browser that has ad blocking capability as that will make all the ads, toolbar download and scam links disappear.

I use Firefox with the AdBlockPlus  and AddBlockPlus PopUp add ons and most all scams, fake downloads and ads were invisible.   Another popular option is Chrome with the AdBlock For Chrome extension.  My check of Chrome with the  AdBlock addon  was that it removed ads and scam links as effectively as Firefox with its ad blocking addon.  Other browsers may have a similar feature and may be more to your liking.  There is an excellent review of the Best Free Web Browser here at Gizmo's Freeware.

SCAM LINKS Many bittorrent search sites, and some of these, have advertisers that offer "High Speed download" "Trusted Download" "Direct Download"  "Sponsored Links" or similar terms.   These should all be avoided.

TOOLBAR DOWNLOADS  Some sites deceptively put a "Download" button near the "Download Torrent" button.  Many times I have seen a new bittorrent user end up with a toolbar instead of the torrent. 

ADS Some torrent search sites have a large number of ads through the pages.  Many of these are ads for questionable site and all ads should be avoided.

Again, if you use a web browser that has ad blocking capability, all the ads, toolbar download and scam links disappear.  See Best Free Web Browser here at Gizmo's Freeware.

Torrent Search Site Features

Your goal in a public torrent search is to find a clean, real and healthy torrent for the content you want.   Google will return the most results for your search, but has no tools to narrow the search towards your goal.   It is important for a torrent search site to have a large index of torrents, but the value of these torrent search sites are the tools they have to achieve this goal.  This goal is achieved through three features:

  • Comments and Ratings - The first step is finding the torrent that has the clean and real content you want.  Some of these sites have torrents that have been "verified" to be clean and real.  Others have a rating system that achieves the same result.  Comments also help in this.  The rating system and comments need to have high user interaction at the site.  The "verified" rating uses a variety of confirming techniques.  Comments may also be helpful in determining the quality of the download.
  • Search Filters - Features such as Categories and versions can help to filter the results closer to the one torrent you are seeking.
  • Sorting - The ability to sort the results of a search is used primarily to find the healthiest torrent.   On occasion sorting may be needed to filter the results to exactly what you want.  Using age, name or size sort may help in this regard.

I have added information on those sites that offer magnet links as this will appeal to some users.  Sites with a magnet-link-icon offer the alternative of a magnet link. (Thanks to Max for this suggestion).

Torrent Search Site Listings:  General and Unique

This listing is divided into two parts.  The General listing is of the sites that index all varieties of content.  They have large listings and will be the sites that most of you will use most of the time.  The sites listed in the General listing are also among the most popular torrent search sites.  The Unique sites are less popular and have smaller indexes, but have unique features that make them worth using in certain searches.

I am not going to consider or discuss the scams and ads much.  If you have read the above, you will be using an ad blocker at these sites and will not see these.

General Torrent Search Sites

These sites are among the most popular torrent search sites and offer large indexes of torrents and helpful features to verify, filter and sort among search results.  Any one of these sites will serve your goal of finding a clean, real and healthy torrent for the content you want.
Since these are public torrent sites and, for the most part, allow anyone to upload, fakes can make their way into the listings.   It is important to use comments and ratings to avoid these fakes. 

Gizmo-top-pickKAT magnet-link-icon  (https)  KATProxy  KAT Pirate Proxy  Come In is the top pick here at Gizmo's due to its large index of torrents and verified torrents as well as the comment, filter and sort features that they offer.   They index over 9 million torrents, including over 1 million verified torrents.  Tabs on the torrent page allow viewing of the files, trackers and comments.  KAT offers many features to help in your search, they are responsive to user feature requests and are always improving. 

Comments and Ratings: Large listing of verified torrents.  Advanced search may be used to list only verified torrents.  Comments are very well used and are helpful in verifying as well as quality.  Number of comments and verified "crown" shown in search results.
Results may be filtered by categories and for videos further filtering is available by version.  Sort by size, date (age), files (number of), seeds and leeches.

Torrentz ( is another comprehensive search engine that lists over 14.5 million torrents and has almost 3 million  torrents that have been verified to be clean.  Torrentz also has the nice feature of listing all trackers for a torrent, not just the ones embedded in the torrent file, though this is not that important in torrents now.  One drawback is that they do not host the torrent files and one must go to other sites for the download.  Be careful with the sites you choose to go to.  Try to go to first to sites that are listed here.  Their large verfied listing is an attraction.

Comments and Ratings:  are well used.  Users can verify a torrent to be clean and real or tag it as fake, virus, password or low quality.  Large listing of verified torrents and results may be filtered to show verified only.
Torrents may be sorted by relevance, date created, size or number of  peers (seeds and peers/leeches combined).  No category filters.

BitSnoop magnet-link-icon ( is a metasearch site that indexes over 17.8 million torrents from 369 trackers.  Although they do not list a number that I could find, they appear to have a large listing of verified torrents. This site is extremely fast at returning search results.   They also have a TV Finder which lists all shows alphabetically with links to all torrents for each show.  Their filter and sort features are not as good as the above, but they do have their followers.

Comments and Ratings: They have a good number of verified torrents.  They have a "no fakes" filter for search results.  Comments are not widely used.
Filtering by category is decent and they have the no fakes filter.  Sort by age, seeders, name, size and rating+health.  Their TV finder is useful.

Torlock  advertises that all the torrents there are verified to be clean and real.  Their listing now has over 500,000 verified torrents. A negative is the lack of comments or ratings for the quality of the content.  However, for newer users, this is a good site to start your searches to ensure a clean download.  Caution:  Only click on the word "torrent" on the download page.  The other links are scams.  Also do not choose a "sponsored" result. Thanks to freestuffrocks for this site.

Comments and Ratings:  General ratings are not necessary as all torrents are verified to be clean and real.  Comments are not generally used.  No ratings as to quality.
Filtering by category is available on a search.  Sorting by name, size, date uploaded, seeds and peers are available after a search.

ThePirateBay magnet-link-icon  ( ProxyBay.Info  Come In is probably the most well known torrent search site.  They list about 3.7 million torrents.  TPB has an excellent filtering system and clean torrents can be found quickly in the search results by looking for a skull image next to the torrent.  The one drawback now is that they are switching to magnet links only and given the issues that some of the bittorrent clients have with magnet links, this is a negative.

Comments and Ratings:  PirateBay has a comments and ratings system.  They are fairly well used.  I find the comments often deteriorate into "please seed" requests, but for many torrents they are useful.  Their best feature is the use of colored skulls to show the uploader's status.  Basically any skull for an uploader is a good sign.
Excellent filtering by categories, using Other allows very detailed filters.  Sort  by type (category), name, date uploaded, size, seeds and leeches (peers) and by uploader.

h33t  magnet-link-icon   after some down time, this popular site is back.  It indexes over 5 million torrents and monitors the torrents that are uploaded through their site.  As long as you stick to the torrents that are h33t uploads, you are pretty safe.  The site looked to be ad free when I disabled ABP, but on one occasion I did get a couple popups and there is a scam download link.  All in all, it is pretty clean, but I would suggest keeping ABP enabled.  There is a lot of content uploaded through the site, so you do not need to go to the other torrents listed.  The link here is to a search for h33t only content.  There is a good amount of information and screenshots provided by the site on each upload.  Thanks to Philphil for this suggestion.  Even though the site is just back up, there looks to be a lot of activity.

Comments and Ratings:  The h33t uploaded torrents are checked out by staff there.  Other torrents are not moderated and need to be checked for comments..  Comments are not generally used.  No ratings as to quality.
Filtering by category is available on a search.  Sorting by name, size, date uploaded, seeds and peers are available after a search. is a search site that culls results from a large number of torrent search sites.  Nice feature is that you can choose the sites to include in the search (this is saved in the site cookie for future use).  The results show the pages at the sites and the sites can be togggled up top.  Not my personal preference for viewing results as I prefer to see all the results at once, but this type does appeal to some users.  As usual, caution needs to be taken at the sites from which results are shown.  Thanks to Nero  for this site.

Comments and Ratings:  Not applicable as results are strictly from the sites chosen, where there may be comments/rating, filtering and sorting available, but there is none here.

ExtraTorrent   magnet-link-icon ( 1.5 million torrent in its listing.  It is not the largest listing, but they seem to have many of releases and no duplicates.  A good number of the torrents I checked were from a trusted or verified uploader.  Unfortunately, this is not shown  in the search results.  This site has gained popularity with a number of users on the web and is a good source.  Avoid the "Direct download" link.  As noted by ChaosReigns there is a good amount of information put up with each video, including screenshots, which is helpful in determining video quality.

Comments and Ratings:  Comments are very well used here.  Many of the torrents are uploaded by verified or trusted uploader, but this is not shown in the search results, you hhave to look on the torrent page.
Filtering by category is available, but is pretty basic.  Sorting by size, seeds,leeches and number of comments is available only to VIP members.

Unique Torrent Search Sites

These sites cater to special niche interests and stand out for their attention to that niche and their clean offerings.

EZTV  ( is the site for all things television.  It is the biggest and past and easiest to use for TV offerings.  In addition to torrents they have a countdown list as to when shows are to return to original broadcasts, a show list indicating the status of a TV show (ended; pending; airing etc.), TV news and a calendar of shows being broadcast. ( a music albums bittorrent site.  There is a good deal of information on the artists and albums.  All listings are verified to be clean and real.  If you are looking for a public, music only, bittorrent site, then this is the place to look.  It is an ad free site.  The amount of listings is still quite small, being in the thousands. is the sister site to, specializing in movies.  It is similar to Coda in layout and all of its listings are also verified to be clean and real.  At this time there appears to be just shy of 2000 listings.  Hopefully the site listings will grow as time goes by as a clean movie search site is needed in bittorrent.

Torrent Butler  magnet-link-icon   this site was only carrying movie torrents, but recently added TV Shows.  There are a lot of verified torrents/magnets listed for each listing.  The verified torrents/magnets are indicated by a green checkmark next to the download link.   Each movie comes with a video trailer and information on the movie.  Movies are sortable by genre.  The TV shows are sortable by genre and all episodes available are included under each show's listing.  Again there is a a trailer for each show and information.  Be sure to have AdBlockPlus installed as there are a couple scam links that are not visible with ABP.  Nice site give the layout and large amount of verified torrents.

YTS (f/k/a YIFY Torrents) This is the site of a release group that has an excellent reputation for quality rips with small file size.  All torrents are those of the release group.  All the releases here should be clean and real.

NyaaTorrents is the site to check out for Anime.  The torrent links in blue are A+ in quality, meaning they are the best copy available.  The torrent links in green are from trusted uploaders. Thanks to Capcapper for this site.

All of these sites have received a green rating from WOT (Web Of Trust) and only sites with a green rating from WOT will be listed here.

If you have any questions, comments or sites, please feel free to post here or in Gizmo's Freeware Forums.

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How about Bit Che from Convivea? Searches and gives download sites for your search.

Oops, the Pirate Bay is down. Timing is everything. :-)

Yes, but only since December 4th.......

Re: AdBlockPlus

I didn't see a reference to using AdBlockPlus with Internet Explorer. I have been using it for some months now and it really speeded up logging into web sites and other areas. I couldn't believe how much faster things load.

BitSnoop, your third listed site, is extremely suspect. When I went to their FAQ to learn how to integrate them into my bitorrent client of choice, I got a pop-up that says:

Message from webpage

WARNING: [My ISP]Customer - Your Internet Explorer Browser and computer may be compromised by security threats. Call 844-776-8630 now for IMMEDIATE assistance.

If that is what their own webpages expose me to, how thoroughly do they vet their torrents?

Nice list - Thanks.


KAT is blocked by Malwarebytes Antimalware

EZTV is unavailable

Very clear and useful.


If this article is updated then why is the comment

"I tried going to the and websites and I keep getting a gateway error message"

still neglected?

This was a system update as the former editor is no longer able to maintain the page. MC - Site Manager.

What does a system update exactly mean? And what is the benefit of it?

It sometimes becomes necessary for our data to be updated for internal admin purposes. Unfortunately this then shows the articles as being updated when in fact the content might be exactly the same. This is a characteristic of Drupal and something over which we have no control. MC - Site Manager.

>> This is a characteristic of Drupal and something over which we have no control.
I see. It's extra unfortunate as it also triggers a new RSS feed. (which I'm subscribed at)
Thanks for (taking the time to post) this info.
Great and well deserved Christmas holidays for everyone @ Gizmo's!

I tried going to the and websites and I keep getting a gateway error message. Is there something wrong with the sites?

Same for me on both sites, 502 gateway error.

You have a very good list of torrent search engines but my favorite site is not listed there and even the famous isohunt new domain after they were shutdown, is not also listed.

I just give a plus one to this torrent search engine that I found on the net It uses google search to index and get all torrent files so I assume that it's clean. It is just like an all in search from different torrent sites like piratebay, isohunt, extratorrent, kickass and others. That's why I love it!!! It doesn't have popup ads that annoys the users and sometimes popup ads contains malware.

Hi Steve
all the vuze search templates you have posted on this website

are not working properly in UK because many of the websites changed their webaddreses so meta search on vi=uze does not pick up any torrents.
please can you amend the vuze search template for UK users

plz I would really appreciate that because I dont know computer programing at all so I can do any thing otherwise I would have made my self and also give to you to post on you website

neo from UK

Additionally should be mentioned - it's torrent site with verified torrents and without ads. Nice site!

Also like them, nice live search.

I like them and will add in when I have some spare time. Thanks Steve

Oh my, I'm sorry (*blush*), I didn't see KAT, I just jumped right over it!

Kickass Torrents ( picked up some speed after Demonoid went down and when H33t fell I just started using it regularly. They have a great community, comment system, ratings, bookmarks, etc. Lots of wellknown releases (ETTV, YIFY, etc) too. Great list however, thank you!

Yes that is the top pick here (referred to as KAT) for the reasons you put forth. H33t is back up, though I still prefer KAT. I use some of the other meta-search sites when I can not find what I want on KAT. EZTV always excellent for TV and Torlock is good for new users as it only carries verified content. ThePirateBay does have an excellent search function. Any of the sites in the top section has its own loyal users, so it is a matter of personal preference. Steve & both give 502 Bad Gateway errors.

As of November 21, 2013, and are back online. Thanks for your info as it helps to keep the page current. Steve

Something not mentioned about ExtraTorrent is the extremely abundant use of images. Very helpful with things like movies (ie: screenshots) when trying to judge quality.

Thanks. I have added the additional info in for extratorrent. Steve
Yes they do give a good amount of information and screens. Right now extratorrent is not loading (along with the take and coda bad gateway), so I will wait until tomorrow to update as I may have to put notes on those 3 if they do not comeback. Thanks Steve