Recently Demonoid was subject to a DDOS attack that crippled the site. This followed by a police raid has potentially shut the doors on Demonoid forever, sniff sniff. It’s because of this I have been asked by a few people where do I go now, what do you use? I actually didn’t have much of an answer as I had been strictly using Demonoid for a while. I wrote a post a while back about Tribler, which eliminates the need for an actual website that all current torrent search engines use. When I originally wrote the post it was fairly new and had a smaller following. Since then it has picked up steam and I think now is the time for Tribler. That being said I will still give you an updated list for the current top ten torrent search engines as reported by Torrent Freak. If you have a torrent search engine that you love to use and it’s not mentioned below, please drop a comment about it. -Greg
Tribler is the future of peer-to-peer file sharing as it removes the boundaries of file sharing. BitTorrent is peer-to-peer file sharing protocol used to share files. It works by a user downloading a file that is shared by many other users. The user downloading is actually downloading pieces of the file from multiple users rather then from one specific source. Torrent search engines, like The Pirate Bay, contain torrent files which indexes the file to be downloaded with users sharing the file. This type of file sharing is far from new and neither is Tribler. The difference between current torrent use file sharing and Tribler, is the Tribler does this without a centralized server or torrent search engine. Tribler allows a user to search within the app itself across the users and leave torrent search engines behind. When you’re not relying on a central source of information then there is no central location for the governments or activists to shutdown or threaten with laws. This means as the developers say “The only way to take it down is to take the Internet down.” So, if the governments take down torrent tracking sites Tribler will not be affected. If a government creates a new law, Tribler will be immune. Although it has been around a while the following is still small for now, only a few thousand. Hopefully the word will spread and masses will begin using Tribler. -Greg
TorrentFreak has more details directly from the developers in an article they wrote today.