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Best Torrent Search Engines

Torrent websites are much like Linux distributions, there are so many out there that it is easy to lose track. If you add to this the fact that these search engines may come and go, you may have to switch sites regularly on top of that. What you may want is stability; sites that have been around for a long time.

Torrent search engines can be divided into two categories: Site search engines and meta search engines. Site search engines obviously only search the torrents that are indexed on one website while meta search engines crawl the databases of several torrent websites which often leads to better results.

The best way to search for torrents is therefore in my opinion to use meta search engines unless you are on a private tracker, or prefer to use only one torrent search engine and no other.

Meta torrent search engines can only be effective if they are fast and update their database regularly, real time updates being the optimum. The selection of torrent websites that are crawled is the second criteria for a good torrent meta search engine.

  • Torrentz² -- A meta search engine that searches across more than 80 different torrent indexing sites.
  • TorrentProject -- Another meta indexing site that finds torrents indexed by more than 300 different torrent indexing sites, and DHT.
  • Torrent Finder - Torrent Finder is the most comprehensive Bittorrent search engine which crawls more than a hundred torrent sites during a search. It is slower than the other two engines mentioned already and does not list all results in one frame but separates each torrent site in their own frame which means that users will have to click through dozens of sites which makes a comparison difficulty.

Old Sites that are no longer active

Youtorrent

Youtorrent came to light only recently. It currently supports ten torrent websites with the option to add another six in the preferences. The search is pretty fast and the related search terms are aiding the user in his search. Offers a Firefox plugin.

Pizzatorrent

Pizzatorrent supports 15 Bittorrent websites right out of the box. The search seems just a tad faster than that of Youtorrent and they divide the results in categories which is great if you are searching for broad terms. Offers a Firefox and Internet Explorer plugin plus a Facebook application.

 

Multitorrent

Multitorrent is not really a meta crawler. It provides access to the database of several torrent websites but it is only possible to search one at a time. It does offer category searches though which the other engines don't.

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Best Torrent Search Engines
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The guide lists some of the best torrent search engines, and concentrates on meta search engines that find torrents indexed by dozens or hundreds of services.
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  1. ian said on March 7, 2008 at 12:35 pm
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    very helpful thanks

  2. toby said on March 7, 2008 at 1:05 pm
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    hey try torrent harvester for a torrent search app, have been using it for a while and it saves a bunch of time.
    its available on softpedia at:

    http://www.softpedia.com/get/Internet/File-Sharing/Torrent-Harvester.shtml

  3. Jawwad said on March 7, 2008 at 7:41 pm
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    Very good list but first two are probably better for general use. It is strange however that no one talks about http://www.torrentz.com/ which has more “precise” search results than most.

  4. vance said on March 7, 2008 at 9:50 pm
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    One problem I encounter with most torrents is that they only search few known torrent sites and sometimes torrents aren’t release on those sites..

    anyways, thanks for this cool list.

  5. GRTerrero said on March 8, 2008 at 2:16 am
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    The new NowTorrents site is excellent. Real time seeder/peer updating. It’s only limitation is that it will only search about 12 torrent sites.

    http://www.nowtorrents.com/

  6. Sonny said on March 28, 2008 at 1:43 am
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    this site is great http:www.MeTorrents.com , I just found it and subscribe to it everyday.

  7. Psmith said on May 21, 2008 at 1:11 am
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    Good list! But why my favorite torrentvalley.com isn’t on the list? There is alot of music torrents usually i get my music from there.

  8. salter said on November 15, 2008 at 10:37 pm
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    Visit 12 Torrent Search
    http://www.dodici12.it/torrent.htm

  9. vijayakumar said on October 29, 2009 at 7:44 pm
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    hi

    can i know how to download free moveis form torrent site

  10. Michael said on December 4, 2010 at 10:06 pm
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    nanotorrents.com is anyone using?

  11. mahdi said on October 6, 2012 at 9:43 pm
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