Most popular torrent websites in SA

The Pirate Bay continues to top the torrent charts, both internationally and in South Africa

January 6, 2011
Most popular torrent websites in SA

When programmer Bram Cohen released his BitTorrent protocol in July 2001 he may not have realised exactly how big an impact his work would have on both Internet traffic and the way the content industry functions.

A significant portion of Internet traffic is generated by peer-to-peer (P2P) traffic, where users typically share audio and video content such as music, movies and TV shows – an example of the popularity of these services.

To date, the movie and music industries have been unable to effectively battle the widespread use of torrent services – which are closely related to copyright infringement – and many believe that it is a battle which cannot be won.

The Pirate Bay, which is the largest torrent tracker and torrent indexing website in the world, faced particularly fierce legal action from copyright holders which resulted in jail sentences and a hefty fine for the four founders of The Pirate Bay.

The legal action against The Pirate Bay, and even legal threats against individual file sharers, did little to stem the use of BitTorrent services. BitTorrent trackers are not difficult to find and torrent indexing websites remain some of the most popular websites worldwide.

Most popular torrent sites

TorrentFreak released their list of the most popular torrent websites in the world recently, and despite the behind the scenes action against the site, The Pirate Bay remains the most popular torrent site in the world.

The ‘Top 10 Most Popular Torrent Sites of 2011’ as listed by TorrentFreak are as follows:

  1. The Pirate Bay (Alexa Rank: 76)
  2. Torrentz (Alexa Rank: 164)
  3. IsoHunt (Alexa Rank: 194)
  4. KickassTorrents  (Alexa Rank: 289)
  5. BTjunkie  (Alexa Rank: 299)
  6. Demonoid.me (Alexa Rank: 465)
  7. ExtraTorrent.com  (Alexa Rank: 519)
  8. TorrentDownloads.net  (Alexa Rank: 736)
  9. TorrentReactor  (Alexa Rank: 1,088)
  10. LimeTorrents.com  (Alexa Rank: 1,160)

South Africa

According to Alexa, The Pirate Bay is also the most popular torrent website in South Africa. The Pirate Bay is ranked as the 28th most popular website in South Africa, the only torrent tracking website listed in Alexa’s top 100 SA websites.

South Africa’s top 10 torrent sites differ slightly from TorrentFreak’s international list. The following list shows the most popular torrent sites among local users (South African Alexa rank in brackets):

  1. The Pirate Bay (28)
  2. IsoHunt (128)
  3. KickassTorrents (135)
  4. Torrentz.eu (169)
  5. BTJunkie (210)
  6. Demonoid (317)
  7. TorrentDownloads (473)
  8. ExtraTorrent (535)
  9. TorrentReactor (707)
  10. Limetorrents  (806)

South African based torrent trackers and indexers such as Bitfarm and Ninja Central are typically invite-only services which fly under the radar, meaning that they are not as popular as their international counterparts.

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