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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > The Pirate Bay Called to Move Away From .torrent Files

The Pirate Bay Called to Move Away From .torrent Files

The Pirate Bay Called to Move Away From .torrent Files

Added: Wednesday, November 24th, 2010
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Right To Share
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
It has been already a year that The Pirate Bay surprisingly announced they were shutting down for good. The torrent index of the famous website remained online, but the move meant that millions of TPB users had to either look for some alternative trackers or rely on some trackerless technologies in order to keep sharing their torrents. Finally, the team of The Pirate Bay proposed to move away from .torrent files at all.


A BitTorrent tracker called “The Pirate Bay” was launched 7 years ago by a group of Swedish friends. The website soon became the world’s largest BitTorrent tracker, accounting for coordinating the downloads of over 25 million peers. The tracker has been boasting the title of “the world’s largest” for long 5 years, but now it no longer applies to TPB. Exactly a year ago the tracker was shut down for good, with its team explaining that central trackers had become obsolete.

Actually, the Pirate Bay argued that BitTorrent trackers are no longer relevant because of existing technologies like DHT and PEX. That’s why it suggested to move away from .torrent files at all and replace them with offering Magnet links.

In fact, the average torrent users never noticed the change, as dominant position of TPB as a tracker has been taken over by OpenBitTorrent and PublicBitTorrent. Besides, even now .torrent files are still available on the world’s largest tracker.

However, the most interesting was to see the reaction of the others. Although last year few torrent clients could boast support for Magnet links, after TPB’s call the situation changed fundamentally. For example, the applications like Ktorrent, Transmission, and BitComet all introduced support for Magnets since then, while those that already offered such support spent much effort on optimizing their implementation.

The trend was followed by the operators of other torrents trackers, with almost all of the larger sites soon adding Magnets. Moreover, in the very beginning of the current year even the first Magnet-only torrent index was launched, getting a name “TorrIndex”. Seems like the suggestion of The Pirate Bay hadn’t been in vain. Besides, the TPB’s team was right – large torrents with many peers can work just fine without a central tracker, due to new technologies like DHT and PEX. The only problem is that the smaller torrents with just a few peers still need it.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article

November 24th, 2010

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Date:  Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Comments (6) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2010-11-24 23:51:03)
bigup16 avatarthanks for this read sam interesting to know that every one still adds trackers to thier torrents there lol :)

posted by ET lover (2010-11-25 01:09:32)
SyKoTiK avatarI have never once grabbed a file using Magnet links, and I don't know why TPB was ever so popular. Its trackers were constantly down and it was very difficult to locate anything of quality on their site. Personally, I'm glad TPB is gone. I'm sick of people adding their dead trackers to torrents only for me to have to manually remove them.

posted by (2010-11-25 03:35:22)
FACOTIME avataryeah tpb trackers where always dead all the time, thats why i came to et becuase et has the best trackers and the best torrnets on the net longlive et

posted by (2010-11-25 04:53:01)
sebaygo1 avatarSaM, are there any plans for ET to begin including magnet links for the torrents that are indexed here? I don't know how much effort it would take to implement that, but I would like to see it.

posted by (2010-11-26 17:06:03)
citi100rider avatarDoes it mean TPB is going to shut down? Poor TPB. It was the first tracker that I knew.

posted by Blocked (2010-11-28 22:54:51)
No avatarNo, TPB is here to stay. It just indexes other torrents with their respective trackers!!!!!

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