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Don’t get too attached. These sites might not last long.

It’s best not to get too attached to your favorite torrent site.

2016 saw the end of many popular torrent sites. Torrent Hound voluntarily chose to shut down in September, putting an end to a nine-year run. The founder cited unpaid bills, falling traffic numbers, and “getting constantly bugged by anti-piracy agents” for the site’s closure, according to TechTimes. The shuttering of Torrent Hound made it the third major torrent player to jump ship last year, following KickAss Torrents and Torrentz.

Torrent sites are often a crippling lawsuit or a staff revolt away from being taking offline. Torrents are constantly under fire from copyright holders, anti-piracy groups and authorities of different countries. Even the best torrenting sites are forced to constantly find loopholes to stay afloat amid changing copyright and anti-piracy laws and regulations.

That being said, if you’re used to file-sharing on the internet, you’re used to adapting, and there’s no shortage of new torrent sites in 2017.

Curious about the best KickAss Torrents and Torrent Hound alternatives? We can help. Here are the best torrent sites still up and running

The best torrent sites 2017

1) Katcr

KickAss Torrent fans can head over to what appears to be the site’s new url: www.katcr.co. Previously KickAss Torrents was mirrored at KAT.am, a site that launched shortly after the latter site was seized by the Department of Justice. However, that site now requires a sketchy registration and should probably be avoided. Everything on Katcr is largely the same as the former site, including the torrent database, but comment histories on some torrents may have been lost. It’s a small price to pay to keep KickAss Torrents alive.

best torrenting sites : kickass torrents Screengrab via Katcr

2) The Pirate Bay

The Pirate Bay calls itself “the galaxy’s most resilient BitTorrent site.” It’s true that the Swedish file-sharing service has stayed afloat despite years of lawsuits and a shutdown by Swedish police. Clone versions of The Pirate Bay that have cropped up often contain security flaws and are susceptible to hackers, reports Tech Times. To avoid a security threat, make absolutely sure you’re using the original version of the Pirate Bay.

best torrenting sites 2017: The Pirate Bay Screengrab via the Pirate Bay

3) Zooqle

Many on Reddit listed Zooqle as the best alternative after KickAss Torrents and other major torrent sites got shut down by law enforcement. A great perk of Zooqle is that it verifies torrents before uploading them and scrapes from other torrent sites, which usually results in the most comprehensive collection of options.

4) Limetorrents.cc

LimeTorrents may not have exploded in popularity yet, but thanks to its dedicated user base and clean design expect that to change soon. Content is easy to find with clearly marked sections. It’s also a classy site that doesn’t bludgeon you with pornographic and adult entries like some other sites. Don’t worry: That content is here too—you just have to look to find it. If you miss the interface of Demonoid, LimeTorrents will feel visiting a familiar bar that reminds you of one you used to love. Different enough to hold its own, familiar enough to be instantly comfortable, Limetorrents is a site to watch if you’re a torrent fiend.

best torrenting sites: LimeTorrents Screengrab via LimeTorrents

5) Torrent Project

Since 2010, Torrent Project has served the torrent world as a one-stop search engine for BitTorrent’s biggest sites and lesser-seen gems. Torrent Project collects, examines, and verifies torrent data across more than 300 torrent sites, so you don’t have to. It currently has millions of torrents in its database, which makes up for the lack of bells and whistles on the site. If you’re looking for a good all-around BitTorrent search engine, Torrent Project deserves a spot in your rotation.

best torrent sites : Torrent Project Screengrab via Torrent Project

6) RARBG

RARBG is another popular torrent site with a straightforward design that makes downloading feel a lot less illicit than it really is. The site features a “Top 10” tab where you can see the top 10 most popular movies, music, or television episodes downloaded.

best torrenting sites: rarbg Screengrab via rarbg

7) World Wide Torrents

If you were a fan of Nemesis43, the biggest comic uploader on KickAssTorrents, you’ll probably like World Wide Torrents. Nemesis has since moved on to World Wide Torrents. Many former KickAssTorrents moderators have also moved on to World Wide Torrents. The site offers a diverse selection of media; including e-books, anime, and even textbooks.

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8) 1337X

Your favorite search engine likely had trouble finding 1337X. In November, the torrent site announced its old index had been blocked from search engines, which made it difficult for new users to find the site. 1337X has since fixed the search engine issue with a new index. The torrent has also addressed security concerns that were brought up by admins and moderators last year, according to TorrentFreak.

9) YTS.AG

YTS.AG has caused some controversy in the torrenting world. The new site sprang up in 2015 after the beloved torrent YTS shut down and claimed to be the same service. But it turns out YTS.AG has no affiliation with YTS, as TorrentFreak reports—though the new torrent has claimed plenty of former YTS users after capturing many of its old files.

10) Torrentz2

During the mid-’00s, Torrentz was a beloved secondary player in the torrenting game—a friend of a friend who went to a different high school if you will. A meta-search engine for torrents, Torrentz searched large groups of other torrent sites and directed you to whichever one had the content you wanted. Sadly, Torrentz died last year, but a new jack as arisen to pay tribute in the form of Torrentz2. By searching over 60 torrent sites for content, Torrentz2 keeps the spirit of the original Torrentz alive. For that we thank it. When you simply can’t find what you’re looking for anywhere else, give Torrentz2 a try.

Need more help? Check out our beginner’s guide to the best torrent clients.

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