In today’s world torrents has become an unavoidable technology in the field of entertainment. Though it is not legally approved by many governments due to copyright laws, it is used and enjoyed widely among people who want free and high-quality entertainment with the help of internet. The best part is that it does not use high bandwidth it does not interfere with the other works being done at the same time.
A torrent file is a small file, which is used by bit-torrent clients to exchange and distribute large files in a peer-to-peer network with the help of internet. The torrent file does not contain the original file but created by the uploader as a small information file giving information regarding the main file. It has the information of the main file, size and name of the file and cryptic hash values which authenticates its integrity. After downloading the torrent file, it connects itself to many users who have the copy of the desired large file and theses groups of users are called the swarm. The users who are downloading the large file are called seeds and peers. A torrent file gives the addresses of the computers situated in the whole world from where the requested file can be downloadable in parts thus reducing pressure on the central server.
Bit torrent is a protocol, which is used, in a peer-to-peer network to send large files over the internet. The bit torrent client is a computer application, which is needed to be installed on the user’s computer to download the requested torrent file.
Extra Torrent (also known as ET) was one of the top five torrent-listing sites for digital entertainment and software. It was founded in 2006 by the founder known under the name “Sam”. It quickly became one of the most popular torrent sites. They celebrated their 10th anniversary in 2016. However, suddenly in 2017, the site was taken down by the founder along with all the related mirror sites and all the data was wiped off. Shortly after the close down a lot of clone sites tried to take its place but without any success.
After Extra Torrent some of the most popular torrent sites are:
1. The Pirate Bay
The Pirate bay also known as TPB was founded in 2003 by Sweden’s anti-copyright organization Piratbryan. The site offers no question asked hosting and downloading services to its customers. Due to its nature of service, it had faced several lawsuits against it and was taken down seized several times by governments. It became the most popular torrent site in the world. Now it is being run from several proxy sites and remains one of the most popular sites for digital entertainment and software.
This torrent site was founded in 2008. It allows torrent downloads and has the common categories to choose from. It has a pop up that comes right beside the torrent link, which helps to verify the quality of the movie to be downloaded.
3. Kickass torrent
This torrent site is also known as KAT. KAT was founded in 2008 and became the most visited torrent site by 2014. It has the most extensive listing available and the search bar and the tags make it very easy for the user to search for the required file. Like TPB, kickass torrent also faced a lot of lawsuits and arrests. In 2013, USA instructed internet service provider to stop giving service to KAT. The team moved to many countries to keep the site up and running. In mid-2016, some of the former staff members re-launched the site under the name of katcr.co.
This torrent site has a huge database of torrent files with user-friendly interphase. It is updated daily and one of the good parts is that one can find seeders for obscure files as well. It was founded in 2007 and increased in popularity after the closing of KAT in 2016. It is banned from google search.
5. YTS YIFY
YIFY torrents was founded in 2010 by YiftachSwery in the United Kingdom. It quickly gained popularity due to its high-quality movie contents and smaller file size. The YIFY movies became the most searched items in kickass torrents. In 2015, the site went down without any notice. Finally, on 30th October 2015, it was shut down permanently due to a huge lawsuit against it. Since its shut down YTS.ag has been the most popular of the new sites.
Lime torrents started on 15th August 2014 with the name limetotorrents.cc. It was hugely popular in the USA, Japan and India. From 2019 the current page of lime torrents does not leave any footprints and for such reason being able to avoid a shutdown. The homepage of lime torrent does not say anything regarding torrent.