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How to add search providers to uTorrent's torrent search

Despite the route that uTorrent has been taken in the last year or so, it is still one of the most popular Bittorrent clients on today's Internet.

When you look at the feature set you will notice that some of them are not really that well known in comparison to others. While you probably know about the uTorrent apps store or uTorrent Plus, you may not know that you can use uTorrent to search popular torrent websites.

When you look at the client's top right corner you will notice the search form there. While it may look on first glance as if this is a search for local torrents that are currently processed by the client, it is in fact a torrent search engine that allows you to search various online torrent indexing websites from within the Bittorrent client.

utorrent search

All you need to do is type a search term into the form and either hit the enter key right away to search the default torrent search engine, or click on the down arrow next to the search icon to pick one of the available search engines from the list.

By default, only BitTorrent and Mininova are available. Note: Only Infospace is listed in newer versions of uTorrent.

A click on manage search providers opens a configuration menu that you can use of to add or remove torrent search engines from the program.

torrent search engines

To add a search engine you first need to know its search url.

  1. Visit the torrent search engines's website and search for TEST or another phrase that you can easily identify.
  2. Look at the web address of the results page.
  3. A search for test on the Piratebay for instance displays the following web address http://thepiratebay.se/search/test/0/99/0
  4. All you need to do know is to remove everything after search from the address.
  5. Add a name, and the address to uTorrent's Search Engines dialog.
  6. Make sure both are separated by a pipe character |.

For the Piratebay, you would add Piratebay|http://thepiratebay.se/search/ to uTorrent's list of search engines. You should not have any issues adding public torrent search engines to uTorrent.  Please note that searches are opened in the default system browser and not in uTorrent directly.

It is suggested that you test the new search engine right away. If searches open properly, you have added the new torrent search engine correctly to the uTorrent client. If you run into issues, for instance "not found" pages when you run searches, something is not right with the search URL.

Have another uTorrent tip that you would like to share? Feel free to leave a comment below.

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How to add search providers to uTorrent's torrent search
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How to add search providers to uTorrent's torrent search
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Find out how to add new torrent search engines to the uTorrent BitTorrent client using built-in functionality to run searches directly from the client.
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Comments

  1. jmjsquared said on July 29, 2012 at 4:56 pm
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    Thank you, sir.
    The *name* of the search site is necessary if you want ųTorrent to display its name in the menu AND the bar * | * is critical, otherwise you’ll get a “403 Error”.
    Here is my favorite: Torrentz|http://torrentz.eu/search?f=%s

    And a couple others:
    Google|http://google.com/search?q=filetype%3Atorrent+
    Vuze|http://search.vuze.com/xsearch/?q=

    Here’s hoping we can include Demonoid again very, very soon.

    1. square said on December 4, 2017 at 2:54 am
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      You’re awesome, I’d have never figured this out.

  2. Krishna said on July 30, 2012 at 11:03 am
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    There is also a similar article with more details. Those interested can visit:

    http://www.techsupportalert.com/%20utorrent-help-using-utorrent-torrent-search

  3. Mars said on November 4, 2012 at 3:20 pm
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    Sorry, missed the slash for torrents.to, it is

    Torrents|http://torrents.to/search/

  4. thetruth said on January 7, 2013 at 3:36 pm
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    How do I add KickassTorrents?

    1. Sophia G. Dierdorf said on January 19, 2015 at 12:24 pm
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      Kickass|https://kickass.so/usearch/

  5. Martin Brinkmann said on January 7, 2013 at 3:42 pm
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  6. Krishna said on January 7, 2013 at 9:09 pm
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    Here’s some more:

    KAT|https://kat.ph/torrents/usearch/?q=
    IsoHunt|https://isohunt.com/torrents.php?ext=&op=and&ihq=
    PirateBay|https://thepiratebay.org/search/
    Torrentz|https://www.torrentz.com/search?q=
    BitSnoop|http://bitsnoop.com/search/all/
    Vertor|http://www.vertor.com/index.php?mod=search&search=&words=
    Podtropolis|http://www.podtropolis.com/torrents-search.php?search=
    Coda.fm|http://coda.fm/albums/search?query=
    Take.fm|http://take.fm/movies/search?query=
    YIFY|http://www.yify-torrents.com/browse-movie/

  7. Annoymous said on March 16, 2013 at 8:17 am
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    Here’s one for Google that searches for magnet links:

    Google Magnet Search|http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=lang_en&as_q=%22magnet:?xt=urn:btih:%22*

    so far it has worked well.

  8. Anonymous said on September 29, 2016 at 8:26 pm
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    thank you all for your links

  9. watty said on October 21, 2017 at 1:05 am
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    how to i launch patch….there is no instruction …the patch doesnt do anything

  10. Kizzy said on November 10, 2017 at 5:54 pm
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    How do I use periods in my search parameters? I tried quotation marks but it removes the periods as well. trying to search for S.W.A.T.

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