Finding the best torrent sites in 2018 is more and more a continuous battle. Just when you think you’ve found the perfect site that has the perfect amount of high-quality torrents that you love with an amazing seeder-to-leecher ratio, it gets shut down by some corporate copyright claim or government institution.
And then you have to start the whole process again, of trying to find a trustworthy site that still has a lot of variety and is regularly updated.
But don’t worry: that’s exactly what we’ve done for you.
We’ve researched hundreds of the top, free torrent sites in all different areas to find out whether they:
- actually still work in 2018
- have little to no viruses
- offer a wide variety of torrents available
- have a good speed with a great seeder-to-leecher ratio
To achieve this, we’re going to try to download the same movie (a popular one from 2010, totaling 1GB in size) that should have a good amount of seeders. From this, we’ll see the average download speed for each site’s torrent.
At the moment, this is the speed that we’re working with:
Afterwards, we’ll run the file through AVG to see if any malware is attached.
With this goal in mind, we’ve cut that list of hundreds of sites down to just 12. Because we’ve done the testing for you, you can feel secure knowing that you’ll be torrenting safely and quickly.
Unfortunately, we couldn’t analyze the following popular torrent sites, seeing as they were all shut down recently:
- Bit Torrent Scene (BTScene)
So let’s dig into the best, fastest working torrent sites in 2018.
The Pirate Bay
The superhero of all good torrent sites, The Pirate Bay has a long and complicated history with governments and corporations around the world.
It gets shut down from time to time, and it’s lucky that there are viable Pirate Bay proxies if you can’t load up the original site.
Because of its popularity, it usually has a lot of torrent files available in all areas. For many, it’s the #1 resource when they’re hoping to download games torrents, movie torrents, and everything else.
It’s also pretty easy to navigate, having gone unchanged pretty much since inception. You get to see all the necessary information, and then you can just click on ‘Get this torrent’ or the magnet icon on the left.
Now, for the details. Downloading that same 1GB popular movie from 2010 took about 7 minutes with an average speed of 3 Mbps.
When we ran the file through our antivirus scanner, luckily we found that there’s nothing to worry about:
In fact—rather surprisingly actually—all of the files that we managed to download from all of these torrent sites came up clean, which is great news for anyone downloading in 2018.
Based on that combination of facts (a wide variety of clean torrents, an old, dependable site, plus some pretty good speeds), we highly recommend using The Pirate Bay and can easily call it one of the best torrent sites available to download free torrents.
However, depending on where you are, it might be difficult for you to find the site at all. That’s because, at the moment, The Pirate Bay is blocked in 28 different countries (by at least one ISP), including:
- United Kingdom
If you’re living in those countries, it’s best for you to use a virtual private network (VPN) to bypass those blocks, which we discuss further below.
Highly recommended: lots of torrent files, great download speed.
Although this is not the best looking torrent site on the list (and far from the worst), 1337x still comes in pretty handy when you’re looking for a wide variety of regularly-updated torrents.
The site is pretty easy to navigate, with categories easily findable at the bottom of the homepage and on the sidebar when you’re in deeper pages.
1337x is often cited as the best torrent search engine, similar to The Pirate Bay.
When you click on a specific torrent file, you get a nicely-organized page with all the necessary information (seeders, leechers, age of upload, etc.) plus a few options to download the file.
But be warned: while there may appear to be 4 options for downloading the torrent file, only two of those will actually give you the file, and the others take you to sometimes random places.
It took about 9 minutes to download the file, and the average speed came in at 1.9 Mbps.
With a pretty good speed, we see that 1337x has good reason to be among the most popular and best torrent sites.
We recommend you use it, but only if you can’t find the torrent on The Pirate Bay first. Of course, it also suffers from a similar problem as Pirate Bay: it’s blocked in Austria, Australia, Ireland, and the United Kingdom.
To get around these blocks, we recommend you use one of these top VPNs for torrenting.
Highly recommended: lots of torrent files, pretty good download speed.
YTS is the #1 source for downloading movie torrents from YIFY, a popular uploader for high-definition movies with small file sizes.
The site is clean, well-organized and allows visitors the ability to download movies in either 720p or 1080p, with the 1080p versions being a larger file, and the 720p usually less than 1GB in size.
Not only do you get the option to download various file sizes and qualities, but YTS also gives you the Rotten Tomatoes Critics rating, the Rotten Tomatoes Audience rating, the IMDB score, and the site’s own likes/favorites total.
The file took less than 8 minutes to download, giving us an average speed of 2.8 Mbps.
The AVG AntiVirus also picked up no threats from this particular file.
All in all, this torrent site is highly recommended if you’re focused on downloading the best movie torrents out there with a low file size and great quality.
Again, we have some blockage problems. YTS is often (though not always continuously) blocked in several countries, including Indonesia, the United Kingdom, India, Australia, Singapore and others.
Highly recommended: amazing torrent site for movie files in small sizes.
Another oldie and goodie is LimeTorrents, which has come along way since its inception in 2009.
With almost 10 million torrents, this torrent site offers one of the largest repositories of torrenting files.
Downloading the torrent file is pretty easy.
However, as with other torrenting sites here, it’s important that you click only on either the ‘Download torrent’ or ‘Magnet’ buttons, as the other buttons will take you to some strange places.
Downloading our trusty 1GB movie file, we saw average speeds of 1.9 Mbps which took about 10 minutes to complete (ignore the timing in the image—we weren’t fast enough with our screenshot).
Luckily again, our virus program gave the all-clear for this particular file. We can recommend this one as a fall-back, and it is certainly one of the best torrent sites still working in 2018.
But FYI: LimeTorrents is often blocked in Australia, France, and the United Kingdom.
Recommended: good torrent availability, good download speed.
RARBG is another old school torrenting site, having consistently offered a wide range of quality torrents for eager downloaders.
However, we ran into some issues that make us hesitant to heap tons of praise on this site. Apart from the other torrenting sites, this one didn’t have a lot of results for that very popular 2010 movie that we’re downloading. It also offers pretty low seeders.
That seems a bit odd for a site claiming to have tons of torrents, and it’s possible that in your searches you may run across the same problem as well.
Downloading the torrent files is a breeze, as you’ll see that the link for the file is right at the top.
Our speed test showed the following: 3.7 Mbps on average (since it’s a bigger file, we’ll skip over the 15 minutes it took to actually download it).
Once again, our virus scan came back clean. This is the fastest average download speed we’ve had so far here. However, we still can’t call place it at the top of the best torrent sites, seeing as we couldn’t actually find a very popular torrent file.
This site is most often blocked in 9 different countries, including Bulgaria, Denmark, Ireland, Portugal, and United Kingdom.
Recommended: limited torrent availability, fast download speed.
Designed specifically for downloading TV shows and series, EZTV has been a consistent presence in the torrenting community.
While it certainly maintains that circa-2005 aesthetics and UX, it nonetheless offers a simple, easily-understood method of finding and downloading TV show torrents.
You can download the torrent or magnet file directly from the search results, or you can go into the specific download page for the file.
Since our standard movie file wouldn’t be available on this torrent site, we downloaded a recent TV show with a file size of 900MB.
That took 7 minutes (again, we were too slow with the screenshot, so avoid the timing there) and an average speed of 3.3 Mbps.
As with the others, the virus scan fortunately showed no threats.
This site is often blocked in up to 10 different countries, including United Kingdom, Australia, Turkey, the Netherlands, and Norway.
Highly recommended: amazing torrent site for TV shows, great speed.
Another example of the minimal torrent sites, iDope has a very similar layout and color palette to our good friend Google.
However, that also means that it isn’t particularly easy for you to browse, as that’s only visible after you click on the menu on top.
When you get to the search results page, you download the file directly from there. In fact, there doesn’t seem to be an option to download the actual torrent file. Instead, you get the magnet file.
The speeds here weren’t spectacular, but they were still within the range of the best torrent sites analyzed in this list.
By the time it finished downloading 7 minutes later, the file had an average speed of 2.4 Mbps.
Again, no threats found in the virus scan. We can recommend this page as a good option, and can definitely call this one of the best torrent sites available.
Recommended: good file availability, good download speed.
In all honesty, this is a pretty busy and frankly quite unappealing site.
However, that’s only because it focuses so much on squeezing every available space with torrent links or thumbnails of torrents.
Unfortunately, the torrent site’s design choices aren’t really reflected in the torrent file availability. The reason why we chose to test torrent speeds with a popular 2010 film was because it should’ve been on all torrent sites. If a site didn’t have that file, that probably means they have limited availability.
That’s the case with TorrentsGroup.
Nonetheless, for the files that they do have, the download page is pretty much standard fare from first view. However, if you try to click on ‘Download utorrent’ you’ll be led to a sign in page.
If you want to just download the file, click on the ‘Download magnet link’ button instead:
For this speed test, we just went ahead and downloaded any available torrent file that was 1.6GB in size.
For that, we got an average speed of 2.3 Mbps, which took around 12 minutes to finish.
Our virus scan also came up clean, so that’s good. But because of their lack of torrent availability, we can’t give this one a high recommendation.
Recommended: good download speed, quite limited torrent availability.
On the other hand, at least TorrentsGroup performed better than the torrent sites listed below.
Torrent sites that are still working but below average
These are some of the more popular sites that are still working in 2018.
But while they were claimed to be among the best torrent sites available on the internet, our tests showed big gaps in their actual performance.
Similar to iDope above, MagnetDL’s layout is more like a minimalist search engine, rather than a very dense and populated torrent site.
Nonetheless, when you search for your desired file, you’ll see the standard torrent search results page. One thing we noticed, however, was the amount of seeders available for our popular 2010 movie. Or, to be more specific, the low amount of seeders.
Nonetheless, we pushed forward and downloaded our file. When you get to the download page, you’ll see the standard layout. It’s best to click on the magnet icon:
The download speed for this one wasn’t great. For that reason, we decided to abort after a few minutes and try with another file that had more seeders (even then, the amount of seeders is usually around 50-60, and very rarely above 100).
Specifically, this file had 6281 seeders listed vs. 635 leechers. However, that didn’t seem to have a great impact on download speed.
After 10 minutes, this is what we got:
Not the worst in this list of the best torrent sites, but still pretty bad compared to every other entrant here.
With the combination of low average seeders per file, a pretty bad ratio of seeders to leechers, plus the very slow speeds, we wouldn’t recommend MagnetDL as a go-to torrent site.
Not recommended: low amount of seeders, low download speed.
One of the more simple looking torrent sites, Torlock aims to help downloaders find the right file. From their homepage, it seems that they update their files regularly.
Unfortunately, when looking for our specific download file, we can see that most of the results have zero seeders, and the ones that do only have about 5-10 seeders per file.
The layout of the download page is pretty simple, and a big ‘Torrent’ button at the top-center makes it easy to download your file. Alternatively, you can click on the magnet icon on the top-right corner of the page.
While there ended up being more seeders than we’d thought there would be, the resulting speed was still extra slow. In fact, after about 10 minutes of snail-paced downloading, I canceled it.
The average speed we got in that time was 201 kB/s, for what it’s worth.
Not recommended: low amount of seeders, very low download speed.
TorrentDownloads seems to have quite a good amount of torrents available for you to download, and you can see it right from the home page.
However, we’re interested in more than just the number of files you’re claiming to have. We want to see the quality and freshness of the files, as well as how long it takes to download.
When you click on the file you want to download, you get the standard individual download page.
Just make sure you only click on the center ‘Download Torrent’ button or the gray ‘Magnet Link’ further below.
Similar to RARBG above, we couldn’t find the exact file we were looking for (which, again, makes us hesitant to claim that this torrent site has a wide variety of options available). Nonetheless, we still went ahead with the download.
Unfortunately, after waiting almost 10 minutes we realized we’d stumbled onto a dud:
Needless to say, this site is definitely not recommended.
Really not recommended: limited torrent availability, horrible download speed.
This is a pretty old and pretty plain-looking torrent site.
Torrentz2 (successor to Torrentz) provides a minimal approach to design while attempting to provide a wide variety of torrents.
In comparison to the other torrent sites on this list, there is no deeper page after the search results.
In order to download the torrent, you simply click on the torrent file name and your download will start.
But there seems to be a problem here: none of the torrents actually work.
In attempting to download multiple files, I am faced with the same problem:
Absolutely nothing. Nothing downloading, just time being wasted.
This is because Torrentz2 is not an effective torrenting site, and one that we recommend you stay away from.
Really not recommended: limited torrent availability, horrible download speed.
How to navigate the best torrent sites safely
It would be very careless of us to have a list of the best torrent sites available on the internet without mentioning the issue of safety.
As you’re probably aware, governments and copyright-holders are constantly cracking down on both torrenting sites and downloaders. Luckily, this has calmed down a bit compared to the early 2000’s when people could end up getting fined $675,000 for downloading a few songs.
That being said, it doesn’t mean that you’re in the clear here. As we mentioned above, a lot of the best torrent sites still working in 2018 are blocked in a lot of countries. Besides that, it’s also pretty important that you browse these torrenting sites, and download these torrenting files, as safely as possible.
And the best way to do that, still, is by using a virtual private network, or VPN. This works by hiding your true IP address, making it appear that you’re actually in another city or country. That way, no one—governments or corporations—will be able to track your true location.
One big reason why people are sometimes reluctant to use VPNs when torrenting is that they believe the speed might be affected. For example, if we had used a VPN while running our speed tests for the best torrent sites we listed here, we wouldn’t see anything faster than 1 Mbps, right?
We have a confession to make: all the downloads we made, all the torrent speed tests we ran, everything we’ve done today has been while using a VPN.
That shows you can still get fast speeds while downloading your torrents, plus you get that big added bonus of safety, security, and peace of mind.
Well, as long as you use a pretty good VPN service, that is. For this reason, we’ve gone ahead and analyzed the best VPNs for torrenting, so that you can be sure that you’re browsing and downloading safely.
So, which of the best torrent sites listed here today are you using in 2018? Are there any top torrent sites that we missed?
Any ones that we’ve listed that are having problems? Let us know in the comments below!