Even in 2015 downloading torrents for many people is restricted to a couple of web sites such as thepiratebay.se and some local torrent tracker. And if, for some reason, required torrents are not found there, a novice Mac OS X user starts searching on the Internet for ‘free downloads no subscription (or no registration)’. Such queries most likely will bring you to fishy web sites that may infect your computer with malicious software or might make you lose money on your mobile phone or even bankcard.
Let us try to figure out together the best way to search for torrents on Mac, find out what search engines are the most efficient as of 2015 and I will share my top 5 torrent-sites list.
The easiest way to search for torrents is to use a special app, it will look up for your torrent on several popular bitorrent peer-to-peer sites, display a list of most relevant results and download the file you select to your Mac.
One of the most popular and easy-to-use apps of this kind is Folx download manager with built-in torrent search. It enables you to download videos from the web, save YouTube videos on your Mac, search and download torrents via magnet links.
To search for torrents with the help of Folx you need to:
1. Download and install Folx (you can do it here)
2. To use the Search feature in Folx, you need to purchase the PRO edition. Place your order here.
3. Once you activate your PRO edition, open the third tab in the app’s window using the switch.
4. Enter a search keyword and click Search button
5. A list of results from the best torrent-trackers will be displayed, choose what you need and press ‘Download’ button
That’s it – simple, fast & safe, highly recommended.
There are 2 ways to search for torrents in Google:
Enter the name of Muse band or the name of an artist whose music you are looking for and the search system will display an exhaustive list of relevant results.
Pros: Google will find and sort out the best – according to Google – files and you can easily find movies, series, music, games, etc.
Cons: Google search engine does not cover all torrent-sites, you will only see the results found on a few of them. Also complains from copyright holders means some of the most interesting torrents will be hidden from you.
Of course, you can look for torrent files in Google, however there are specialized web-sites to do it. Their functionality is mind-blowing and they are comparable to the special software.
As of today this is the best web site for torrents search. It’s simple – there is only a search field with no extra functionality. When you enter a keyword in the field, search prompts will be displayed. Once you click Search button, a table of results will be displayed with links and other info you might find useful for sorting.
This site is primarily meant to simplify bitorrent files search with the help of Google. Apart from it, it does pretty much nothing. Easy-to-use one-click solution.
Similar to the above mentioned web sites. The difference is that in the results list you can preview the page where the torrent was found and decide whether to go to the web site to download the file, or start downloading directly from the search web site. Nothing fancy, simple and convenient.
One more search site, an alternative to the three web-sites mentioned above. Extensive categories list, well-compiled RSS feed and simple search.
5. TorrentR (ex TorrentReactor)
At first glance TorrentR does not appear to be simple. When I first visited the web site, I realized that the developers wanted to stuff it with as much functionality as possible and in the process completely forgot about the usability aspect.
This web site is still in my top list cause its functionality is actually quite good.
You can use:
Once you get used to the functionality, you will become a zen master of torrent search.
Let us have a quick look at the 3 best torrent sites according to users of About.com and other popular services. Having done a thorough research on it, I completely agree with this list.
A warning: using bitorrent P2P network is absolutely legal, although the downloaded data quite often has a copyrighted content. That is why when you download a movie, game or any other authored content, you are at risk of violating legal regulations, and legal actions can be taken against you. I request you to apply common sense while utilizing torrent technologies, make sure you know local regulations.
Pirate Bay is the largest, most famous and scandalous torrent-tracker today. It was created in 2003 in Sweden by a group of enthusiasts. You can’t even imagine how huge it is. Basically you can find anything here, including:
There is a page with top 100 distributions of the latest up-to-date content. You can also choose to join the tracker’s community. The web site was actually closed in 2008 however the huge community continues distributing the newest up-to-date content via magnet links.
Mininova is the second popular torrent-tracker created in 2005. The web site is really convenient and user friendly.The entire content is split into a large number of categories, and the web-site has its own search engine.
After adult content was prohibited on the web site, it became family-friendly.
SeedPeer offers torrent of various categories, however it mostly specializes in movies, TV shows and games. The site has a convenient search and divides content into categories.
Also the web site is available in various languages, so it can be used not only by English-language speakers. You can download a special plug-in for Firefox that will help you navigate the web site easier.
This is perhaps the most convenient web site in this list. It’s got:
That’s all I wanted to share with you regarding torrent trackers and search systems. Hopefully you won’t have to keep searching for more info after reading this article. If you find it helpful, do share it. Leave a comment below if you have anything to ask or say – I would love to hear you out.