The Pirate Bay is one of the Internet’s best playground for people who love content. You can find almost anything (legal) that you want on this platform.
Because this is a torrenting site, you will need some specific skills to have a successful experience. This guide will take you through everything you need to know so that you can have a lot of fun.
Torrents on The Pirate Bay are cataloged into specific categories to make finding them easier for visitors.
You’ll see a handful of primary categories that include Applications, Games, Audio, and Video. Then there are also subcategories for you to consider that you can access with a single click so that you can find the content immediately.
Using the Applications category as an example here, you could choose Windows, Mac, UNIX, handheld, iOS for iPad or iPhone, Android, or other operating systems.
If you don’t have a preference as to the content you want to find, The Pirate Bay offers a Recent Torrents page to find the files you want. That’s one of the best places to go if you’re looking for something new.
There are also top 100 pages for each category, including a 48-hour one that combines all of the menu options so that you can see which files are the most popular downloads on the site.
You may notice a variety of symbols next to the various torrents that are available on The Pirate Bay. These symbols indicate unique information about the file you’re thinking about downloading through the site.
If you see a red magnet next to the torrent, then that indicates the download is accessible through a magnet link.
Green icons indicate that you can stream the torrent using BitLord.
If you see a yellow bubble next to one of the torrents that captured your attention, then that symbol indicates that there are comments about the download that you’ll want to review.
A pink skull might seem like a warning, but that means it is a vetted and trusted torrent.
Green skulls indicate that the file has been available for a lengthy period, reducing the chances that it could be fake content.
Think of the green skull symbol as being VIP content on The Pirate Bay. It’s the best of what is available.
These symbols appear throughout The Pirate Bay in every available category. That makes it a lot easier to spot the best torrents for your preferred content since there can be multiple files available that offer the same thing.
The Pirate Bay often defaults to English because it is one of the most common languages spoken in the world today. Users in countries outside of Europe and North America might receive a different option based on their browser settings, but it is not unusual to need to change the primary setting before searching for content.
You can quickly change the language you see on The Pirate Bay by going to the page that governs this setting. There are several options from which to choose, and more are added continuously as the need arises so that everyone can find the exact downloads they prefer.
You can use The Pirate Bay in Svenska, Dansk, Italian, Portuguese, French, and German – along with many more language choices. There are also specific dialects available, such as Brazilian Portuguese or Catalan.
Once you reach the language page, all you need to do is select the specific option you prefer from the extensive list. After you make the selection, you’ll see The Pirate Bay’s header and footer update to your preference.
If you make an incorrect choice with an accidental click, you’ll still be on the language page. Just choose the language you prefer once again, and the site will update one more time to your stated preference.
Most people use The Pirate Bay for legitimate reasons. Unfortunately, there are some dishonest people, scammers, and identity thieves who use this platform for their own selfish purposes. That’s why it is up to you to determine if a torrent file is fake or requires an extra level of care before downloading.
The best indicator that your preferred torrent file is problematic is that there are seeds available without any comments. Software tools like BTSeedInflator make it seem like a torrent has thousands of users sharing it when that is not the case. Anything with more than 1,000 seeds should have a fair number of positive comments to review.
Some content items have verified release dates that receive independent publishing outside of The Pirate Bay. If you see a file that has a time that’s earlier than what the general public experienced, then there is an excellent chance that it’s a fake file.
You can often trust MKV and AVI files when using The Pirate Bay, but you’ll want to avoid WMV and WMA ones. A majority of the latter ones are problematic. You will want to be careful with ACE, TAR, and RAR files because it is easier to hide codec scams and Trojan-style malware. Think about examining the listed file contents before unpacking or downloading the item.
If you are having trouble getting a torrent to start downloading from The Pirate Bay, then there could be blockage problems that you’ll need to circumvent. Although there is a chance that the platform could be down, it is more likely that your browser has an automatic stoppage preventing you from accessing your content.
Some internet service providers (ISPs) will block your access to The Pirate Bay outright. If you put in the URL correctly and only receive a white screen, then this outcome is likely. You might also receive a warning that the server for the torrenting platform could not be found.
Some ISPs allow you to see The Pirate Bay, but then they block any attempts to download a torrent file. The reason for this issue involves the P2P sharing of copyright-protected content.
If you want to unblock The Pirate Bay, the easiest option is to use a virtual private network (VPN). You can use this technology to dial into a country where the ISP is not blocking the platform, allowing you to access the (legal) content you want to download. Proxy servers and mirror sites provide options that are also worth considering.
You must have a torrent client to download files from The Pirate Bay in almost every circumstance. If you decide to obtain a torrent, the initial file downloads to your computer. It is a small file that doesn’t contain the actual content you want to view.
Torrent files bring information to your computer in small bits from different data locations. There is no way for your computer to understand this process unless you’re using a client that can put the puzzle together for you.
The list of torrent clients is extensive, and many of them are free. Your choices include popular options like uTorrent, FileStream, and ZBIGZ. Some of them only work on specific platforms, so you’ll want to review the specifications first before attempting to download.
You will want to become familiar with the copyright laws in your country before access files that may contain software, music, or movies to protect yourself legally.
Then launch your torrent client. You can drag-and-drop the selected file into the user interface of your preferred option. There’s also an option to double-click the file you downloaded to initiate the execute command. If you’re asked where you want to save the file, then chose a specific folder.
The default saving spot is either in your downloads or on your desktop.
Once you have located a specific torrent that you’d like to start downloading, the steps are a little different from accessing the content than they are for standard files.
You will need to right-click on “Get This Torrent” to begin the process. If you’re using a single-click mouse or touchpad, then a long-click command will access this option. You’ll then receive a URL that you’ll need to paste into your torrent client.
After following those simple steps, the downloading process should begin immediately. If it does not start in 60 seconds, then you’ll want to verify that you pasted the URL in its entirety into your torrent client.
Make sure that you’re running an antivirus program on your computer before, during, and after you download the preferred torrent. Take this safety precaution even if you’re using an Apple product. There are browser-based malware programs that create significant headaches for you if they become active on your computer.
The Pirate Bay gives you the option to have an anonymous download if you prefer, although that is not always necessary if you’re using a VPN to access the content you want.
Some files have the option to play or stream the torrent instead of initiating a full download.
After you download a torrent, it’s only fair that you start seeding it for a while. This process is where you shared the downloaded content files with other users on The Pirate Bay. Their torrent clients will take a few data bits as yours did previously to give them access to the same information.
Unless you follow a process that falls outside of the standard actions of torrent downloading, the seeding process is automatic. You only need to leave the torrent file in your client to let this action take place.
Don’t move or delete the downloaded files to continue the seeding process. You can keep it in there for as long as you like, but consider letting it stay for at least 14-21 days so that the high-quality file can receive the attention it deserves.
If you inadvertently download a fake torrent, then remove it from your client immediately. Make sure that you leave a negative comment on The Pirate Bay for that file so that others can avoid the issue.
You might notice that your antivirus program interferes with the use of your download at times. If you disable the pop-up blocker and still encounter issues, then there might be a problem with the file itself. Consider removing it from your client to prevent seeding errors.
The legality of P2P sharing is something you must understand when using The Pirate Bay. You will find a massive catalog of free movies, TV shows, video games, software, and more on this platform.
It is easy to say that torrents are illegal, but they are not. The Pirate Bay allows for legal P2P sharing. The way to know if what you’re downloading is permissible under the law depends on the copyright status of the item instead of the fact that it is free.
Most movies, shows, music, and software receive copyright protects around the world. If the content has this protection, then it is generally illegal to stream or download the item.
Public domain items are an exception to this rule. Anything that you create or hold verifiable ownership rights on can be shared with The Pirate Bay without a problem.
It is up to individual users to determine the legality of their files. There have been legal encounters in the past between The Pirate Bay and content creators that have led to the site being blocked in several countries. Several lawsuits regarding copyright infringement have gone through the court system.
The easiest way to create a torrent file is to go to the qBitTorrent website through your browser. Most torrent apps give you the option to make one, but this option is ad-free.
Then select a download link for your torrent. Your choice depends on the operating system you are running to support the file. If you’re on Windows, then use the 64-bit installers. Mac operators would want to use the DMG.
Double-click on the setup file to open it. Then install the client. You’re then ready to review a torrent tracker list.
Scroll down the list and copy every URL you find. There can be hundreds of them there, so it may take a couple of minutes. Copy them into the torrent creator for the file you wish to create.
You will want to choose the option to start seeding immediately. If you fail to click that option, then you’re creating a dead torrent. All of the tracker URLs must get put into the appropriate box.
You have the option to include web seed URLs, comments, and source information if you prefer. Then select the Create Torrent button to save the new file. As long as you’re seeding it, anyone should have access to the information you’re sharing.
If you want to upload a file to The Pirate Bay, then you’ll need to create an account first. That means you must provide an email address, username, and password.
Once you have completed the registration process, you will want to scroll down to the footer of The Pirate Bay. Then click on the option to Upload Torrent.
You will then receive a search box that lets you browse for the specific torrent you want to upload. The Pirate Bay gives you an option to name the file if you want it to be something different than what you called the file.
Then select the category for your torrent. There are restrictions on The Pirate Bay about what uploads are possible in each selection. You cannot upload a text file into the music category, so an error message appears if the compatibility is incorrect.
You have the option to upload anonymously even though creating an account is a requirement. Then add tags to the torrent to make it easier to find. A description is helpful because it lets people know what to expect from the file, and then double-check for typos since edits are no longer possible.
Then all you need to do is seed your file for a few days until other users begin seeding it too.
It is relatively common for websites that may facilitate illegal downloads to have periods of forced downtime. The authorities in several countries have taken steps to keep The Pirate Bay offline to users all over the world.
It is equally common to have mirrors with all of the same information from The Pirate Bay available to access. That’s why a total shutdown of the platform is extremely unlikely.
You can try a proxy for The Pirate Bay if the primary URL does not work for you. The alternative address is usually up and running without any problems, giving you the same torrent access as you would receive from the home site.
You have the option to access The Pirate Bay through a VPN if you feel that a country-based or ISP-based blockage is preventing you from seeing torrents. Some of these services support BitTorrent so that you can keep the VPN active when uploading or downloading files.
Some networks don’t support BitTorrent traffic. This outcome creates a download that doesn’t work when you try to access its content. You can get around this problem by using an online torrent client that transfers files using the HTTP protocol.
If you go to the footer of The Pirate Bay, you’ll find a series of wallet addresses for Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. These are available for users who want to donate to the platform to help keep it afloat.
It is an option that has been available for users since 2013. The initial public wallet published by The Pirate Bay brought in 22.574 Bitcoin.
XMR (Monero) cannot be monitored as the other public wallets, so there is no way to know how much The Pirate Bay has collected since it began accepting donations and mining for these tokens. What you do need to know is that the platform will use your CPU power to mine XMR while you’re on the site.
Your usage of The Pirate Bay indicates permission for this action to take place. If you don’t agree to let your CPU be used in this way, then you must install an adblocker that will interfere with your access to some torrents.
The only other option is to leave the site entirely.
The Pirate Bay isn’t getting rich from donations or the mining activities it can generate through CPU use. It should use about 30% or less of your CPU processing power, but you will want to monitor your system’s performance to prevent overheating.
You can download torrent files from trackers if you prefer to use the Tor browser. You shouldn’t torrent over it because it hurts the network. It can also be challenging to get the process right so that you can access your downloads.
The reason why you don’t want to use Tor for The Pirate Bay is that the apps on this browser are known to leak connections. It will do so even if you specify that this action should not take place.
Your better option is to use a VPN to access the torrents you want. Even if you run Tor with a VPN, you’ll need to make sure that there aren’t any downloads left in the queue when you shut off your computer. That will turn the virtual private network off, which means starting your computer up again will trigger the standard connection from the ISP to begin the process.
Some ISPs will shut off your Internet automatically in this circumstance. You might also receive a cease-and-desist letter regarding your activities.
If that outcome happens to you, then do not ignore any legal notices that involve your name or a court date. Default judgments of $20,000 have been granted in the past in file-sharing cases.
Deleting a torrent when you’re finished using it does not follow the same process as a standard file from your computer.
The initial process is the same. You will want to select the file in question, and then hit the delete key so that it goes to your recycling bin or trash can. Some operating systems allow you to bypass that mechanism if you hit the shift key at the same time as the delete to permanently remove the item in question.
Make sure that you review your temporary files folder to ensure there aren’t remnants of the torrent that linger.
Once you empty the trash can or recycling bin on your desktop, you must restart your computer to limit access to the file. Recovery programs could still find and restore the item.
You must also stop seeding or downloading the torrent to remove it from your system. You’ll need to remove the file that initiated the download in the first place. Even then, the only absolute method of ensuring that the information is not obtainable is to overwrite the areas in your storage that held the torrent in the first place.
Before 2014, using The Pirate Bay on a mobile device was almost impossible. Not only did the content look terrible, but torrent access was quite challenging.
The founder of The Pirate Bay described the experience as “crap” at the time.
Now mobile users will automatically redirect to a friendlier version of the site if they’re using a phone or tablet when accessing The Pirate Bay. If you’re using an iOS device, then you won’t be able to download anything unless the device is jailbroken.
If you’re using an Android device, then you can visit Google Play to find a variety of torrent app clients to use. Blackberry owners have the same option to enjoy the various forms of multimedia that are available on the platform.
One of the most exciting ways to enjoy The Pirate Bay from a mobile device is to use RSSBay, which offers a personalized feed that allows their phone to download torrents to their computers remotely.
Since people are uploading an average of 75,000 files per month to enjoy, the mobile improvements to The Pirate Bay make it easier than ever to enjoy your preferred data.
The Pirate Bay gives you the option to stream torrents through the convenience of your computer’s browser today.
It supports Torrents Time, which is a plugin that allows you to access the content from inside a browser. The feature is similar to Popcorn Time because of the fact that portions of the development team are the same.
This feature has moved out of the beta testing stage to become useful for P2P users who want immediate access to content. You might encounter a few issues, such as poor quality or long wait times, but the ease-of-access opens another avenue of enjoyment for users.
The Torrents Time plugin does have limited compatibility. You can use it in Internet Explorer, Chrome, or Firefox on Windows or Mac computers.
When you start searching The Pirate Bay after installing the plugin, you’ll see an option to stream some torrents instead of downloading them.
Streaming files with copyright-protected content puts you in the same legal arena as a download when using P2P options like this one. It is up to you to verify that you have permission to view or use the media in question.
You can download as many files as you want when using The Pirate Bay. This platform does not have user restrictions.
That does not mean you should violate the unwritten rules of the P2P sharing community. People who are always downloading without continuing to seed the files create adverse impacts on platforms like The Pirate Bay. It can make things more difficult for other users who want access to the same content.
You will notice that the traffic levels are quite heavy on The Pirate Bay during specific times each day. The download speeds tend to get better in the hours between lunch and dinner, as well as the overnight hours in your local time zone.
Most of the traffic that The Pirate Bay receives comes from the United States, so international users can see better download speeds during the U.S. overnight time.
If you access The Pirate Bay outside of its peak visitor times, then your ISP might limit your speed because of the amount of data the torrent provides. Many high-speed bandwidth connections are shared by a neighborhood, so you might also want to work outside of the heavy usage periods locally.
The Pirate Bay is a global leader in torrent access because it is one of the oldest continuous providers of this content. Deciding which platform is the “best” in this area is entirely subjective, but there are some definite advantages that you will want to consider when comparing this site to the competition.
The Pirate Bay offers access to one of the world’s largest torrent indexes. You can find rare content on the platform, including items that are more than a decade old. The community is 100% supportive, helping you to check to see if torrents are fake.
Each file offers a robust commentary to let you know if there are positive attributes to your desired torrent.
It provides an uploader system that works reliably, even if there were a couple of days in January 2019 when it was offline.
Most importantly, The Pirate Bay is resilient. People have tried to shut down this site for years without success. That means you can have confidence in your ability to access content or upload new items at a time that is convenient for you.