A great BitTorrent client is all well and good, but you need a great tracker to get the actual torrent files and stoke the bandwidth-burning fire in your client of choice. Here’s a rundown of five of the most popular options.
A bit of clarification is in order before we share the list of the top five contenders with you. In our call for contenders we asked for you to share your favourite BitTorrent trackers, but we didn’t explain the difference between a BitTorrent tracker and a BitTorrent indexer. The difference isn’t immediately clear to the end user — nor does the difference even matter to many end users — and because we didn’t make the difference crystal clear the votes were a mix of both sites that tracked and indexed and just indexed torrent files.
Since the purpose of the Hive Five is to help readers find tools and the ability to find torrents is more important to the majority of users than whether or not the place they find the torrents is also acting as the tracker for those torrents, we’ve opted to overlook the confusion in an effort to share a list of where Lifehacker readers go to search and download torrent files. The following list contains both true trackers and indexers. If you’re curious about the technical details between a tracker and an indexer you can read up on them here and here.
Have a favourite torrent hangout that didn’t make the list? Have a BitTorrent-related tip or trick? Let’s hear about it in the comments.