How to search for torrent files on Mac

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Even in 2017 downloading torrents for many people is restricted to a couple of web sites such as thepiratebay.org and some local torrent tracker. And if, for some reason, required torrents are not found there, a novice Mac 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 2017 and I will share my top 5 torrent-sites list.

Contents

  1. Torrents search software (the easiest way)
  2. Using Google
  3. Special search engines
  4. My top torrents-site list

Torrent search software


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)

install torrent search software

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

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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.

How to search torrents on Google

There are 2 ways to search for torrents in Google:

  1. Use a command to specifically tell the search engine what kind of files you are looking for.
    For example:
    • inception filetype:torrent
    • interstellar filetype:torrent
    • another one bites the dust filetype:torrent
  2. Use an entire list of commands to find files of all types.
    For example:
    "muse" last modified mp3 "index of" -html -htm -php -asp

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.

Top 5 torrent search engines list 2017

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.

1. Torrentz

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.

2. Toorgle

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.

3. 1337x

In their own words, 1337x was started to fill the gap in quality conscious torrent ad free websites. They moved from .org domain onto the .to domain. This resource offers an extensive database of movies, games, TV series, and software.

4. iDope

This website has a clean and neat interface and has a mobile version. This tracker promises not to show pop-up ads and not to track its users’ IP addresses. It’s said that it has been created in tribute to KAT.

5. Torrents.me

This torrent website specializes in movies and music in English and Spanish. This website searches multiple popular trackers and gives you a lot of search results to choose from. This website encourages a VPN usage for torrent downloading, which may be hectic to do, but is a good protection option. Torrents.me is fast and has a lot to offer. Definitely one of the best torrent resources.

Best torrent sites list 2017

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.

1. The Pirate Bay

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:

  • Films
  • Music
  • Games
  • TV shows
  • E-books
  • Audio books, etc.

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.

2. TorrentDownloads

TorrentDownloads is active for several years and has a no-nonsense index that offers torrents to millions of users constantly. Like many websites of this type, TorrentDownloads is blocked by ISP in some countries. It has a big database, high-quality content, and boasts with a very straightforward torrent detail page.

3. SeedPeer

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.

4. Zooqle

Zoogle is the source of more than 1.5 million of verified torrent files that has new additions every day. Think more than 1265 TV series with 128 000 episodes, over 30 000 movies, and over 15.5 million files! Zoogle is great at categorizing, you’ll quickly realize where to look for the content with its neat organization.

Torrent search software for Mac
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