Popular Bittorrent Website BTJunkie Closes Its Doors

Martin Brinkmann
Feb 6, 2012
Updated • Dec 2, 2012
File Sharing, Internet

Users of the popular Bittorrent indexing website BTJunkie who try to access the site's content in a web browser are not seeing the usual site layout, but a goodbye message instead. The message states that the site operators have decided to close down the service voluntarily after more than seven years of operation.

No reason other than that is provided, but it is likely that the decision is linked to recent events, in particular the Pirate Bay case in Sweden where founders of the site recently lost the final appeal and are looking at prison time, and the Megaupload takedown and the fallout that followed.

The announcement on the BTJunkie website reads:

This is the end of the line my friends. The decision does not come easy, but we've decided to voluntarily shut down. We've been fighting for years for your right to communicate, but it's time to move on. It's been an experience of a lifetime, we wish you all the best!

BTJunkie, according to Alexa web statistics, was one of the top 400 Internet websites that was visited by millions of visitors per month. Much of the appeal of the site came from the fact that all of the site's contents were publicly accessible.

It is likely that users, after a moment of grieving, will move on to other popular Bttorrent sites like The Pirate Bay and Kat.ph, or private Bittorrent sites that require an invitation to get access to the site's contents. The very same sites have also benefited recently from the closure of Megaupload and other file hosting websites.

BTJunkie users who feel lost right now should check out the threads over at Reddit and Torrentfreak for a list of alternative sites.


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  1. LiberalismIsAMentalDisorder said on February 6, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    Sad day but still,there’s eMule!

  2. GM said on February 6, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    YOU CAN’T DO THAT!!!! I am writing my master thesis defending you and sites like you… I need you to cooperate and fight together…. you haven’t answered my email!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  3. Mystique said on February 6, 2012 at 3:33 pm
    1. Robert Palmar said on February 6, 2012 at 8:46 pm

      I doubt this is the same people.

      Someone might have appropriated the
      name which may have been unprotected.

      1. Mystique said on February 7, 2012 at 10:10 am

        Perhaps you are correct and I have considered that too but as I am not overly familiar with bittorrent sites or btjunkie I cannot confirm that this site is legit… on a plus side sign up is free and open.

        I found this new/spin-off btjunkie site via duckduckgo

  4. boris said on February 6, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Damn it. I used it for years since Mininova got “legit”.

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