In the fall of last year The Pirate Bay took its tracker offline. Luckily, for the stability of the BitTorrent ecosystem several new trackers emerged to take its place. Time for us to provide an overview of the largest public BitTorrent trackers currently around.
The BitTorrent landscape has changed dramatically in the past 12 months. The two largest BitTorrent trackers today didn’t exist a year ago, and the top tracker of last year has shut down. The upside is that all these changes went by relatively unnoticed to the millions of downloaders.
Despite claims that millions of BitTorrent downloads would cease to work if a major BitTorrent tracker closed down, most downloaders today don’t even notice when a tracker stops working. Thanks to technologies such as DHT and PEX central trackers have become a luxury good to some degree.
Indeed, larger torrents with thousands of peers will work just fine without a central tracker. But the majority of torrents out there only have a handful of peers and for these files a central tracker is still an essential part of the downloading process.
It’s therefore good to know that several new players took the place of The Pirate Bay’s tracker when it shut down last year. Below we show a list of the five largest public BitTorrent trackers based on the number of torrents and peers (downloaders+uploaders) they track.
Updated list of public BitTorrent trackers
These lists are automatically updated every day:
- trackers_best (20 trackers) => link / mirror / mirror 2
- trackers_all (112 trackers) => link / mirror / mirror 2
- trackers_all_udp (80 trackers) => link / mirror / mirror 2
- trackers_all_http (22 trackers) => link / mirror / mirror 2
- trackers_all_https (10 trackers) => link / mirror / mirror 2
- trackers_all_ws (3 trackers) => link / mirror / mirror 2
Are you having DNS problems? These lists contain the same trackers but with IP addresses instead of domains:
- trackers_best_ip (17 trackers) => link / mirror / mirror 2
- trackers_all_ip (91 trackers) => link / mirror / mirror 2
- A bot automatically checks the trackers and updates the lists.
- Trackers with the same domain or pointing to the same IP address are removed. Check out the blacklist.
- Trackers are sorted by popularity and latency (from best to worst).
- WebSocket trackers (AKA WebTorrent, ws, wss) are supported by few clients. More info.
- Lists with IP addresses can be shorter because Cloudflare IPs are removed.