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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Here is how you can still search Tumblr for torrents
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. Scott said on February 23, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    you mean NSFW (typo??)

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on February 23, 2015 at 6:40 pm

      Yep that is right, thanks!

  2. Herman said on February 23, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    Why bother with Tumblr at all? BTmon, kickasstorrents are totally viable sites and even a semblance of Pirate bay is available at

  3. Nebulus said on February 23, 2015 at 10:24 am

    You know there is something wrong with the society when every other corporation is bending to the will of the entertainment industry.

    1. LegoActionFigure said on February 23, 2015 at 3:44 pm

      Why would you even go to Tumblr to search for torrents? Tumblr is the place to go when a Google search directs you to someone’s Tumblr page which has nothing really to do with your search in the first place only because the owner of the site tagged it that way at some time or another so the Google search brings you there. But it is certainly not the beginning of my searches and certainly not for torrents. That can be done easily through Google which hasn’t blocked it or through torrent traffic/host sites such as Kick Ass Torrents (KAT) which recent moved from dot (.)so to dot (.)to which is doing much better than it’s competition such as ISOHunt which I believe is now shut down, and Pirate Bay, which is now an FBI tracker.

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