Here is how you can still search Tumblr for torrents

Martin Brinkmann
Feb 23, 2015
Updated • Feb 24, 2015

So, the blogging platform Tumblr, which is owned by Yahoo Inc, started to add terms like torrent and to the network's filter list.

Tumblr maintained a filter list for some time to block adult related search terms from appearing in the global search results.

All users, regardless of whether signed in or not, can run searches on Tumblr's main website. The filter list blocks some results from being returned to all guests and Tumblr users who have not disabled the NSFW filter on the site.

While some users may still find filtered blogs in the search results (if they disable the filter), guests and users who don't know about the filter won't which impact the visibility of those sites.

It is unclear why the term torrent has been flagged by Tumblr. Some say that it has been done as it is often associated with adult blogs and contents posted on the site while others assume that it has to do with a recent privacy policy change in regards to copyright violations.

Whatever the reason, it is clear that the filtering affects sites that are not offering adult contents or contents that violate copyright law as well.

If you have used Tumblr before to find torrent files but cannot anymore because of the change and because you don't want to create an account on the site to allow filtered results, you still have options to find torrent related sites on Tumblr.

Probably the easiest option right now is to use a search engine like Startpage for it. The sites are not set to noindex yet which means that search engines add them to their databases.

You can search for torrents for example to find Tumblr pages that match the search term. Depending on the search engine that you are using, you may need to turn off its safe browsing filter as well before all results are displayed.

It needs to be noted that the results are often not as good as if you would run the search on Tumblr directly. The reason for this is that search engines need to discover these pages and sites first to integrate them in the results while Tumblr knows about them automatically.

This works with other filtered terms as well by the way.

Here is how you can still search Tumblr for torrents
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Tumblr filters out torrent related search terms by default now. Find out how you can still search for those even if you don't have an account on the site.

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  1. ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Doesn’t Windows 8 know that www. or http:// are passe ?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on August 4, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      Well it is a bit difficulty to distinguish between domains and files for instance.

    2. Leonidas Burton said on September 4, 2023 at 4:51 am

      I know a service made by google that is similar to Google bookmarks.

  2. VioletMoon said on August 16, 2023 at 5:26 pm

    @Ashwin–Thankful you delighted my comment; who knows how many “gamers” would have disagreed!

  3. Karl said on August 17, 2023 at 10:36 pm


    The comments section under this very article (3 comments) is identical to the comments section found under the following article:

    Not sure what the issue is, but have seen this issue under some other articles recently but did not report it back then.

  4. Anonymous said on August 25, 2023 at 11:44 am

    Omg a badge!!!
    Some tangible reward lmao.

    It sucks that redditors are going to love the fuck out of it too.

  5. Scroogled said on August 25, 2023 at 10:57 pm

    With the cloud, there is no such thing as unlimited storage or privacy. Stop relying on these tech scums. Purchase your own hardware and develop your own solutions.

    1. lollmaoeven said on August 27, 2023 at 6:24 am

      This is a certified reddit cringe moment. Hilarious how the article’s author tries to dress it up like it’s anything more than a png for doing the reddit corporation’s moderation work for free (or for bribes from companies and political groups)

  6. El Duderino said on August 25, 2023 at 11:14 pm

    Almost al unlmited services have a real limit.

    And this comment is written on the dropbox article from August 25, 2023.

  7. John G. said on August 26, 2023 at 1:29 am

    First comment > @ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    For the God’s sake, fix the comments soon please! :[

  8. Kalmly said on August 26, 2023 at 4:42 pm

    Yes. Please. Fix the comments.

  9. Kim Schmidt said on September 3, 2023 at 3:42 pm

    With Google Chrome, it’s only been 1,500 for some time now.

    Anyone who wants to force me in such a way into buying something that I can get elsewhere for free will certainly never see a single dime from my side. I don’t even know how stupid their marketing department is to impose these limits on users instead of offering a valuable product to the paying faction. But they don’t. Even if you pay, you get something that is also available for free elsewhere.

    The algorithm has also become less and less savvy in terms of e.g. English/German translations. It used to be that the bot could sort of sense what you were trying to say and put it into different colloquialisms, which was even fun because it was like, “I know what you’re trying to say here, how about…” Now it’s in parts too stupid to translate the simplest sentences correctly, and the suggestions it makes are at times as moronic as those made by Google Translations.

    If this is a deep-learning AI that learns from users’ translations and the phrases they choose most often – which, by the way, is a valuable, moneys worthwhile contribution of every free user to this project: They invest their time and texts, thereby providing the necessary data for the AI to do the thing as nicely as they brag about it in the first place – alas, the more unprofessional users discovered the translator, the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, the greater the aggregate of linguistically illiterate users has become, and the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, as it now learns the drivel of every Tom, Dick and Harry out there, which is why I now get their Mickey Mouse language as suggestions: the inane language of people who can barely spell the alphabet, it seems.

    And as a thank you for our time and effort in helping them and their AI learn, they’ve lowered the limit from what was once 5,000 to now 1,500…? A big “fuck off” from here for that! Not a brass farthing from me for this attitude and behaviour, not in a hundred years.

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