Best torrent sites to download software

Hello, my name is Nicolas Cuts. I am an employee of SwitcherryVPN. A new entry in my blog is dedicated to software distributed from torrent trackers. You will learn how to safely download programs and games from torrents, how to protect yourself from potential threats, and what you risk if you do not take basic precautions. Also here you will find a description of the most popular torrent sites and find out which file distributions can be trusted and which should not.

What is torrent and what does it serve for?

Torrent is the generally accepted name of the most popular anonymous file-sharing networks in the world. Files in torrent networks are downloaded directly from the computers of ordinary users – this is the main difference between torrents and the traditional method of downloading files, in which the downloaded files are located on servers. Server file storage is owned by organizations that are required to comply with copyright laws, torrent networks are not controlled by anyone. Torrents are based on the BitTorrent protocol, developed 20 years ago by American programmer Bram Cohen.

How the BitTorrent protocol works

Each participant of the torrent network must have a special software pre-installed on his computer – a torrent client. To start downloading a certain file, you need to find a torrent file corresponding to this file (a file with the *.torrent extension) or a so-called magnet link. Torrent files and magnet links are stored on torrent sites. There are two types of torrent sites:

  • Online indexes – ordinary sites-directories that provide visitors with links to download torrent files and magnet links and
  • Torrent trackers, which not only distribute torrent files and magnet links, but also coordinate the work of torrent networks, that is, they are servers serving torrent clients.

A torrent file contains the IP address of one or more torrent trackers. The torrent client connects to the torrent tracker and receives from it the IP addresses of other participants of this file sharing. The computers involved in the distribution of the file are called peers, the virtual network of peers is called a swarm. The file download starts immediately after the torrent client establishes connections with the peers. The file is downloaded not entirely, but in separate small fragments. Immediately after downloading one or more fragments, the torrent client begins to share these fragments with other peers and, thus, becomes a full-fledged participant in the file-sharing torrent network. Those peers who continue to download the missing fragments of the file are called leechers, and those who have already downloaded the entire file, but have remained online and continue distributing file fragments to other peers are called seeds.

The torrent tracker is not directly involved in the distribution of files, it only helps the participants of torrent networks to find each other by providing each of them with the IP addresses of other participants.

The torrent network can work in principle without a torrent tracker, using the Distributed Hash Table (DHT) technology, which is supported by many modern torrent clients.

Distributed Hash Table DHT

A distributed hash table allows torrent network participants to find out each other’s IP addresses, almost or not at all by accessing the torrent tracker. Torrents use one of the varieties of distributed hash tables – Mainline DHT. Each individual entry in the Mainline DHT hash table is called a node, the node stores the IP address and port of the torrent network peer. Let’s say there are peers A and B in the torrent network swarm, exchanging data with each other. A new peer C joins the swarm, knowing about the existence of peer A, but knowing nothing about peer B. Peer A informs peer C of the IP address and port of Peer B, after which peers B and C also begin to communicate with each other. Roy’s feasts exchange information about new and retired participants every minute. Thus, the torrent network can function successfully without interacting with the torrent tracker. However, to enter the torrent network, a new participant needs to know the IP address and port of at least one active peer.

What should I pay attention to when choosing a torrent for downloading software?

To minimize the risk of infecting your computer with malicious software, you should pay attention to the following factors:

  • Approval rating. The higher the approval of the torrent site and the more seeds participate in the distribution, the less likely it is that instead of or together with the downloaded program, you will get a virus, spyware or extortionist program;
  • Guarantee of the absence of malicious software. Only popular torrent sites with a large number of users and powerful administrative support are able to guarantee the security of downloaded content. The administrators of such sites, together with users, identify malicious files and remove them from distribution. At the same time, unscrupulous participants who are noticed in the spread of viruses are banned;
  • Distribution package contents. Before you start downloading, always pay attention to what specific files are available in this distribution. For example, a distribution package with licensed software often contains a crack folder, which contains hacking tools to protect the program from unauthorized use. But often attackers put a virus or other malicious program in this folder, so always scan the downloaded distribution with an antivirus program before installing it;
  • Real users’ feedback. Before downloading, it is very important to read the comments and feedback of the people who have already downloaded this file. The more people have downloaded this file and the higher the number of positive comments, the less likely it is that you will download a malicious program instead of a useful program.

Top 10 torrent trackers for downloading software

This section describes and compares the best torrent sites from which you can download the most popular licensed software. The quality of trackers is assessed by the absence of viruses, the download speed and the availability of activators that allow you to use licensed programs without restrictions. An important criterion is the availability of the latest versions of software products, from which we have selected the most popular ones for testing:

  • Microsoft Office
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Acrobat Pro

The Pirate Bay

The Pirate Bay is the popular torrent site in the world
The Pirate Bay is the popular torrent site in the world

The most popular torrent site in the world. The number of registered users alone exceeds 5 million. It is included in the Top 100 most visited sites in the world. The interface is available in 35 languages. The Pirate Bay was founded in 2003 by the Swedish organization Piratbyrån, fighting for the abolition of copyright. Now the site operates under the patronage of the Pirate Party of Sweden. The site is banned in 30 countries, but the presence of at least 10 mirrors makes it easy to bypass the block. Distributes all types of content – movies, music, books, games, programs, etc.

Special features of the site:

  • provides only magnet links;
  • the site has excellent moderation and a forum with a large number of active participants, thanks to which malicious files are quickly detected and removed from the distribution;
  • users who regularly submit high-quality content for distribution and are have never been caught distributing malicious files receive the statuses Trusted  and VIP ;
  • simple keyword search. The search result is sorted by popularity – the distributions with the largest number of sids are in the top;
  • detailed information about the downloaded content is provided – the size of the distribution, the required operating system, the interface language, the release date, which files are included in the distribution, whether the program was pre-cracked or distributed with an activator.
Search results for Microsoft Office
Search results for Microsoft Office

Search results – the latest version of Office is available – Microsoft Office 2019 with an activation key. The average download speed exceeds 6 mb/s.

Description of the seeding file Microsoft.Office.2019.Professional.Plus.ACTiVATiON (x64+x32)
Description of the seeding file Microsoft.Office.2019.Professional.Plus.ACTiVATiON (x64+x32)
Search results for Adobe Photoshop
Search results for Adobe Photoshop

As you can see from the search results for Adobe Photoshop, the latest version of the program is available – Adobe Photoshop 2020 Pre-Cracked. The average download speed exceeds 6 mb/s.

Search results for Adobe Acrobat Pro
Search results for Adobe Acrobat Pro

The latest version of the program is available – Adobe Acrobat Pro 2020 FULL (fully functional). The average download speed exceeds 6 mb/s.

1337x

Torrent tracker 13371X
Torrent tracker 13371X

A very popular torrent tracker. It was founded in 2007. Just like on The Pirate Bay, here you can find links to download all types of content.

Special features of the site:

  • provides visitors with both torrent files and magnet links;
  • good moderation and a large number of active users;
  • forum is located on a separate site 1337x-forum.eu;
  • easy search by categories and keywords, the search result is sorted by popularity – the more active sids, the higher the popularity;
  • for each file, a detailed description is given: the size of the distribution, version and release date, system requirements, interface language, etc.;
  • all licensed software is distributed with pre-hacked protection or with tools for hacking it.
Search results for Microsoft Office on 1337X
Search results for Microsoft Office on 1337X

The latest version is available, the fully functional version of Office – Microsoft Office 2019, the distribution was added in June 2021. The average download speed reaches 5 mb/s.

Search results for Adobe Photoshop on 1337X
Search results for Adobe Photoshop on 1337X

The latest version of the program is available – Adobe Photoshop 2021 v22.0.0.183 (x64) Multilingual Pre-Activated. The average download speed is at least 5 mb/s.

Fragment of the torrent file description page of Adobe Photoshop 2021 v22.0.0.35 (x64) Multilingual (Pre-Activated)
Fragment of the torrent file description page of Adobe Photoshop 2021 v22.0.0.35 (x64) Multilingual (Pre-Activated)
Search results for Adobe Acrobat Pro on 1337X
Search results for Adobe Acrobat Pro on 1337X

The latest version of the program is available – Adobe Acrobat Pro 2020 FULL (fully functional). The average download speed is at least 5 mb/s.

LimeTorrents

LimeTorrents search page
LimeTorrents search page

Torrent tracker with a huge database of movies, TV series, music, anime, video games and programs. It was founded in 2009. Very popular all over the world. At the request of anti-piracy organizations, it was repeatedly blocked in many countries, so the site changed its domain name several times: limetorrents.cc, limetorrents.info, limetorrents.pro.

Special features of the site:

  • there are both torrent files and magnet links;
  • registered users can leave comments;
  • simple search;
  • the ability to sort search results by the number of sids and liches, file size, time of addition;
  • the distribution package size, version and release date, operating system and interface language are displayed.
Search results for Microsoft Office on LimeTorrents
Search results for Microsoft Office on LimeTorrents

The latest version of Office is available – Microsoft Office 2019 with an activating program. The average download speed is more than 5 mb/s.

Search results for Adobe Photoshop on LimeTorrents
Search results for Adobe Photoshop on LimeTorrents

The latest version of the program – Adobe Photoshop 2021. The average download speed is more than 5 mb/s.

Search results for Adobe Acrobat Pro on LimeTorrents
Search results for Adobe Acrobat Pro on LimeTorrents

The latest version of the program – Adobe Acrobat Pro 2020 Multilingual. The average download speed is more than 5 mb/s.

TorrentGalaxy

TorrentGalaxy home page
TorrentGalaxy home page

A popular torrent site with a huge database of movies, TV series, music, anime, video games and programs. A friendly interface and a convenient search with filters will make working with this site pleasant.

Special features of the site:

  • there are both torrent files and magnet links;
  • registered users can leave comments;
  • convenient search by category;
  • verified users are marked with the Trusted icon;
  • the ability to sort search results by the number of sids and liches, file size, time of addition;
  • a detailed description of the distribution kit with instructions for installing and hacking protection is provided;
  • the distribution package size, version and release date, operating system and interface language are displayed.
Search results for Microsoft Office 2021 on TorrentGalaxy
Search results for Microsoft Office 2021 on TorrentGalaxy

The latest version of MS Office with an activator program is available. The average download speed is more than 4 mb/s.

Search results for Adobe Photoshop on TorrentGalaxy
Search results for Adobe Photoshop on TorrentGalaxy

The latest version of the program is available – Adobe Photoshop 2021. The average download speed is more than 4 mb/s.

Search results for Adobe Acrobat Pro on TorrentGalaxy
Search results for Adobe Acrobat Pro on TorrentGalaxy

The latest version of the program is available. The average download speed is more than 4 mb/s.

Kickass Torrents

Kickass Torrents search page
Kickass Torrents search page

This popular torrent site was blocked by the authorities several times and went offline, but was revived again under a new domain name. In the daily updated database of the site you will find countless movies, TV series, anime, games and programs.

Special features of the site:

  • provides both torrent files (for registered users only), and magnet links;
  • the most user-friendly search engine;
  • the ability to sort search results by file type, by the number of sids and liches, file size, time of addition;
  • a description of the distribution kit is provided with instructions for installing and hacking protection;
  • the distribution package size, version and release date, operating system and interface language are displayed.
Search results for Microsoft Office 2021 on Kickass Torrents
Search results for Microsoft Office 2021 on Kickass Torrents

The latest version of MS Office with an activating program is available. The average download speed is up to 5 mb/s.

Search results for Adobe Photoshop 2021 on Kickass Torrents
Search results for Adobe Photoshop 2021 on Kickass Torrents

The latest version of the program – Adobe Photoshop 2021 Pre-Activated – is available. The average download speed is up to 5 mb/s.

Search results for Adobe Acrobat Pro on Kickass Torrents
Search results for Adobe Acrobat Pro on Kickass Torrents

The latest version of the program is available. The average download speed is up to 5 mb/s.

Nyaa

Japanese torrent tracker Nyaa
Japanese torrent tracker Nyaa

Japanese torrent tracker, the most popular among anime fans. You can also find music, books and software on the site. The site’s interface is multilingual, but Chinese characters are often used in the names.

Search results for Microsoft Office on Nyaa
Search results for Microsoft Office on Nyaa

Only Microsoft Office 2016 – 2019 with an activating program is available. The average download speed is less than 1 mb/s.

Description of the Microsoft Office 2016-2019 Pro Plus [Build 12624.20320] + Activator file
Description of the Microsoft Office 2016-2019 Pro Plus [Build 12624.20320] + Activator file
Search results for Adobe Photoshop on Nyaa
Search results for Adobe Photoshop on Nyaa

The latest version of the program – Adobe Photoshop 2021 Multilangual – is available. The average download speed is less than 1 mb/s.

Search results for Adobe Acrobat Pro on Nyaa
Search results for Adobe Acrobat Pro on Nyaa

Only the old, the 11th version of the program – Adobe Acrobat XI Pro 11.0.7 Multilanguage – is available. The program is not downloaded due to the lack of seeds.

As you can see, the choice of programs on Nyaa is small, the number of leeds is small. Conclusion – this torrent site is not suitable for searching and downloading software.

01Torrent

01Torrent home page
01Torrent home page

Torrent site with a large catalog of movies, TV series, music, programs, video games and anime.

Special features of the site:

  • only magnet links are provided;
  • a detailed description of the program is provided with instructions for installing and hacking protection;
  • file sizes are specified;
  • search by keywords;
  • serious drawbacks:
  • advanced search cannot be performed;
  • the search results are displayed in random order;
  • there is no information about the number of “live” seeds and leeches.
Search results for Microsoft Office on 01Torrent
Search results for Microsoft Office on 01Torrent

Only few versions of Microsoft Office 2019 with cracks or activating programs are available, but the best results were not in the top, I had to scroll down the page. The average download speed is 3 mb/s.

Search results for Adobe Photoshop on 01Torrent
Search results for Adobe Photoshop on 01Torrent

The Portable version of the program appeared in the top – Adobe Photoshop 2021. The average download speed is 3 mb/s.

Search results for Adobe Acrobat Pro on 01Torrent
Search results for Adobe Acrobat Pro on 01Torrent

Adobe Acrobat Pro DC 2019 appeared in the top results. The average download speed is 3 mb/s.

Conclusion: a bad search service makes this torrent site unsuitable for downloading software.

TorLock

TorLock search page
TorLock search page

A popular torrent site. More than 8 million active giveaways. A large selection of movies, TV series, music, anime, video games and programs.

Special features of the site:

  • torrent files are provided;
  • file sizes are specified;
  • a detailed description of the distribution is provided, sometimes with installation instructions;
  • convenient search by keywords;
  • the ability to manually sort search results (by the size of the distribution, by the time of addition, by the number of sids and liches).
Search results for Microsoft Office on TorLock
Search results for Microsoft Office on TorLock

The latest version of the Office – Microsoft Office 2019 – is available, including in the form of ISO files with an activator program. The average download speed exceeds 4 mb/s.

Search results for Adobe Photoshop on TorLock
Search results for Adobe Photoshop on TorLock

The latest version of the program – Adobe Photoshop Pre-Cracked 2021 – is available. The average download speed exceeds 4 mb/s.

Search results for Adobe Acrobat Pro on TorLock
Search results for Adobe Acrobat Pro on TorLock

The latest version of the program – Adobe Acrobat Pro 2020 Multilinguage – is available. The average download speed exceeds 4 mb/s.

Zooqle

Zooqle – torrent site with an extensive library
Zooqle – torrent site with an extensive library

Until recently, it was one of the most popular torrent sites in the world. But due to numerous blockages, the traffic to this site has significantly decreased. Now, from many countries, you can only visit the mirrors of this site: zooqle.unblockit.li, zooqle.unblocked.mx, zooqle.unblocked.krd and others. Despite the bans and temporary departures offline, the site continues to be quite popular due to its extensive library.

Special features of the site:

  • magnet links are provided;
  • only registered users can leave comments;
  • simple search with the ability to sort search results by the number of sids and liches, file size, time of addition;
  • the distribution package size, version and release date, operating system and interface language are displayed;
  • there is a detailed description of the contents of the distribution.
Search results for Microsoft Office 2021 on Zooqle
Search results for Microsoft Office 2021 on Zooqle

The latest version of the Office is available – Microsoft Office 2019 with the activator program and installation and activation instructions. The average download speed exceeds 1 mb/s.

Search results for Adobe Photoshop 2021 on Zooqle
Search results for Adobe Photoshop 2021 on Zooqle

The latest version of the program – Adobe Photoshop 2021 – is available. The average download speed exceeds 1 mb/s.

Search results for Adobe Acrobat Pro on Zooqle
Search results for Adobe Acrobat Pro on Zooqle

The latest version of the program – Adobe Acrobat Pro 2020 – is available. The average download speed exceeds 1 mb/s.

RARBG

RARBG is the popular torrent tracker
RARBG is the popular torrent tracker

A popular torrent tracker. It was founded in 2008. A lot of movies, TV series, music, video games and programs. Unfortunately, both Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop with Adobe Acrobat are missing from the distribution. Therefore, we did not test this torrent tracker for speed.

Legit Torrents

Legit Torrents allows you to download software legally
Legit Torrents allows you to download software legally

On the Legit Torrents torrent site, you will find only free, legally distributed software. You can download anything from here and completely openly, without fear of sanctions and reprisals.

Is it legal to download software from torrent sites?

Downloading licensed software from torrents is absolutely illegal and is prosecuted by the legislation of most countries. For example, if you are a resident of the United States, then for this offense you face a fine of up to $ 150,000 and a prison sentence of up to 5 years. However, in addition to licensed programs, there is free, freely distributed software, for downloading which you absolutely do not face anything.

How to download files safely?

First of all, take care of your anonymity. You risk a lot if you start using torrents without encrypting traffic and without hiding your real IP address. First, law enforcement agencies will immediately be interested in you, which potentially threatens a large monetary fine and even a prison term for copyright infringement. Then your Internet service provider will drastically reduce the data transfer speed or even disconnect you from the Internet. Finally, there is a high probability of becoming a victim of extortionate scammers who will easily establish your identity by IP address. To protect yourself from all these threats, use the services of a good VPN provider. A good VPN-provider is the one who:

  1. will not prevent downloading files from torrents;
  2. protects the client from all threats of loss of anonymity, has an emergency shutdown function, automatically blocking DNS query leaks and IPv6 leaks;
  3. has a privacy policy that guarantees the preservation of complete anonymity.
Remember that a VPN will not protect you from viruses and other malicious programs that may be inside the downloaded distribution.

Therefore, download games and programs only from reliable torrent trackers with a good reputation. Reliable torrent trackers have a large number of registered users who leave reviews about downloaded files, and active moderation that detects and removes malicious files from the distribution. Never deal with little-known torrent trackers with a dubious reputation! In any case, always scan all downloaded programs and games with an antivirus before installing.

We recommend that you read the complete information on safe use of torrents.

Why do users choose SwitcherryVPN?

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FAQ

1.Where to download software distributions in iso format?

1.Where to download software distributions in iso format?

.iso-file – this is an archive that completely copies the file structure of a certain CD or DVD, for example, a software distribution. Most often, iso files are used to create an installation disk (or an installation flash drive) of the operating system. iso files can be found on all major torrent trackers.The iso files

The screenshot shows the search result for the word windows on the torrent tracker thepiratebay.org. The arrows highlight the iso files.

2.Are torrent clients compatible with Windows (7-8-10)?

2.Are torrent clients compatible with Windows (7-8-10)?

Without exception, all popular torrent clients can run under modern versions of Windows. On the web, you can find old versions of some torrent clients that will work perfectly even on Windows 98 and Windows XP.

3.Are torrent clients compatible with macOs (Catalina и Big Sur)?

3.Are torrent clients compatible with macOs (Catalina и Big Sur)?

The new versions of macOS Catalina and Big Sur support only 64-bit applications. Most popular torrent clients have a 32-bit architecture and therefore will not work on modern versions of macOS. Some users install a virtual machine on a 64-bit macOS that allows you to run 32-bit applications, but in this case, the stability of the programs is not guaranteed. While there are few torrent clients that are fully compatible with 64-bit versions of macOS, the best one is – Folx.

Folx Torrent Client Interface
Folx Torrent Client Interface

Also the latest versions of the Transmission and Deluge torrent clients work perfectly on 64-bit macOS

4.Are the torrent clients compatible with Linux (Ubuntu, Mint)?

4.Are the torrent clients compatible with Linux (Ubuntu, Mint)?

Yes, most of the popular torrent clients, including qBittorrent, Deluge, Vuze (if there is a Java Virtual Machine), work on various Linux distributions.  Transmission is part of Linux distributions, both Ubuntu and Mint.

5.How dangerous is it to download from a torrent without a VPN?

5.How dangerous is it to download from a torrent without a VPN?

A user who does not take any measures to maintain his anonymity when downloading files from torrents will inevitably be subjected to repression by the authorities. The easiest punishment will be to turn off the Internet. In many countries, a user faces a fine or even a prison sentence for illegally downloading licensed content.

6.Is a torrent safer than a direct download?

6.Is a torrent safer than a direct download?

You can safely download music or movies from any source. But, downloading from a torrent a distribution containing one or more .exe files, the user is always at risk of getting a virus or other malicious program. Therefore, it is always safer to download software or a game from the official website of the manufacturer. However, software manufacturers do not provide their software distributions with a crack file 😉

Author: Nicolas Cuts

Product Managers at SwitcherryVPN. Have 5 years background in management and marketing. I never stop learning!

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