1337x Torrents: Lifehacks, Proxies, Alternatives [2021]

Updated: July 19, 2021 July 19, 2021 By Dean Chester

1337X Title

Recently, cases of blocking torrent sites have become more frequent. Another domain, 1337x, has also gone offline. I decided to create a page on CoolTechZone.com with a constantly updated list of 1337x mirrors. Additionally, I publish some lifehacks and alternatives in case of a complete shutdown of the site.

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I started writing this article when the main domain of the site 1337x was down. Then, about a month later, the domain was up and running again.

But did its torrents work during the down?

Fortunately, yes. Thanks to proxies. The site was not interrupted. You just had to use a different URL.

But where can I get the current proxy 1337x?

You can of course use a search and find domain lists. But I came across the fact that, firstly, these lists are often not actual. And secondly, they list not only verified official mirrors but also there are fake fraudulent addresses.

Below I will publish all current 1337x domains, and also suggest trying some alternative torrent sites that are somewhat better than 1337x. You will also learn how to create private proxies in 2 clicks yourself and find out what lifehacks are for this torrent platform.

⚠️Do you know or guess about the risks of torrenting (real fines and subpoenas), don’t want to have problems with the law, but want to do it 100% safely?

Then always use a VPN for safe torrenting. It's simple and fast.

At the bottom of the article, you can find the list of the three best VPN services that I use and test personally, and which are guaranteed to hide the addresses of the visited sites from the ISP and encrypt the transmitted and received data without the possibility of interception or analysis. Also, you will not be able to identify the visited resources.

WARNING:
The article has a research nature and doesn’t call for copyright infringement or otherwise breaking the law. Before downloading torrent files, please make sure that they are in the public domain and that their use isn’t copyrighted.

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What are 1337x, its pros and cons

1337x is one of the five largest and oldest multi-niche sites (according to SimilarWeb) that distribute torrents (torrent site). It combines tens of thousands of shared files in a P2P network.

The site has a user-friendly interface and is more convenient than most competitors due to the improved layout and the presence of library sections which contain collections of films and TV shows.

I should also note the more advanced sorting of materials than other torrent sites. With 1337x, you can search files by genre, year, and movie score.

1337x was founded in 2007 and didn't have much popularity until 2016 when Kickass Torrents went offline.

The graph shows the change in user interest in 1337x as measured by Google Trends.

Interest chart for 1337x according to Google Trends

Why is the site so popular now?

I associate this with an attractive modern design and sophisticated functionality. When working with 1337x, there is no confusion and there is no need to go to search engines to find materials by any criterion. Everything can be conveniently done right on the site.

Visualization of search results and libraries also plays a significant role. The torrent pages have short and detailed annotations, screenshots, and technical information: format, codec, bit rate, frame rate, and more.

1337x is a lot like YIFY, the most visited torrent site of 2021. It also places a lot of emphasis on visuals and a departure from the classic textual model of sites like The Pirate Bay.

Main advantages of 1337x:

  • Convenient visualization.
  • A large number of own torrents.
  • Sort search results by genre and production year.
  • Trending Torrents section.
  • It has been working since 2007.
  • No ads.
  • There are links to other popular torrent sites

Disadvantages of 1337x:

  • Sorting in libraries doesn’t work.
  • There is no division by genre in the Music section.
  • Low user activity (few seeds) in the XXX section.
  • Not all links to torrent sites are up to date.

Proxies/mirrors of 1337x

Below are the official and some unofficial 1337x proxies. All URLs are tested for being fraudulent and found completely safe. I will also tell you how to create your own unique proxies that cannot be found on the Internet.

Public official proxies 1337x (the list is regularly updated):

  • 1337xto.to
  • 1337x.tw
  • 1337x.am
  • 1337x.gd

Private proxies 1337x:

You can also create your own proxy in 1 minute using free Web Proxy services.

For example, sitenable.com can be used. It creates workable mirrors by adding ads. But it's fast and free.

For security with any proxy, use a VPN. This will hide your IP address and mask your traffic. On the proxy side and the 1337x side, no one can determine and save your location.

To create a proxy, you need to enter the URL address you want to connect to in the term. Here's an example:

Click OK and the service itself will open the RARBG website on the new domain.

An example of creating a private proxy 1337x

1337XTO.TO   

This is the main domain of the 1337x site. Has been working since 2018.

This domain replaced the domain that Google blocked and excluded from the results of its search platform. The incident occurred due to a complaint from copyright holders.

1337x.to is now consistently available in most countries. If it doesn’t work for you, try other domain names from the list.

1337X.TW  

One of the main proxies 1337x. In December 2020, it was temporarily disabled but later appeared online.

Before that, it was considered a stable fallback address of 1337x.

Domain registered by Jack Ma, located in China.   

1337X.AM

The mirror on the 1337x.am domain has been working steadily since 2019. During this time, there were no problems with its availability. If you are choosing a verified official proxy 1337x, then this is a good option.

The owner of this domain isn’t available.

1337X.GD

Another stable address is 1337x. This proxy has been online since 2019 and hasn't been down yet. I checked it for signs of tampering and found no sign of fraud.


Best 1337x alternatives

Comparison of alternatives to 1337X

What if the main domain 1337x.to isn’t available, mirrors don’t open, and private proxies don’t work?

In this case, most likely your ISP has blocked all proxies and only a VPN will help. A virtual private network allows you to reliably hide visited domains and, most importantly, make BitTorrent protocol indistinguishable from regular https.

Read more about VPNs in the Best VPNs for Torrenting article or at the end of the article.

If 1337x shut down for technical reasons, then use good alternatives, some of which are no worse.

How do I find a good alternative to 1337x?

I analyzed the top 25 torrent sites and selected the 5 most suitable 1337x replacements. All the sites below have good traffic, which guarantees a lot of seeds. And most importantly, they are all focused primarily on video content.

1. YIFY/YTS
YIFY/YTS logo

  • Number of visitors: > 70 million per month
  • Topics: Movies, TV shows, Series
  • Maximum number of peers: > 10.000
  • Number of torrents: > 1 million
  • Year of foundation: 2010

YIFY website

This is by far the best video torrent site of 2021. YTS perfectly combined convenient functionality similar to the functionality of a streaming site and torrents. I don’t know of a more user-friendly site.

Everything you need is here. You no longer need to turn to third-party resources to find information about the movie, reviews, and ratings of IMDb and Tomato.

The site is made so well that it can be used on Android TV with the torrent client installed.

In confirmation of my words, I will say that YTS is the most visited torrent resource according to SimilarWeb. About 70 million users per month on the main domain yts.mx alone!

2. The Pirate Bay
TPB logo

  • Number of visitors: > 30 million per month
  • Topics: All
  • Maximum number of peers: > 6.000
  • Number of torrents: > 1 million
  • Year of foundation: 2003

The Pirate Bay website

The oldest popular and currently operating torrent site, The Pirate Bay is arguably the largest repository of torrents. However, it is still very popular, which has a good effect on the number of seeds.

This is its main advantage.

But there is also a drawback. The site's functionality and design are outdated. It is inconvenient to use it to search for video materials. You have to look for information on the Internet, and only then download files from The Pirate Bay.

But despite the drawback, the site remains very popular and its traffic has grown significantly over the past year.

3. RARBG
RARBG logo

  • Number of visitors: > 40 million per month
  • Topics: All
  • Maximum number of peers: > 7.000
  • Number of torrents: > 1 million
  • Year of foundation: 2008

RARBG website

RARBG can confidently be called one of the best torrent sites in 2021. It is a popular platform that isn’t only used by millions of people to download files but is also the #1 torrent site for torrent search engines.

RARBG is interesting for its large selection of torrent materials:

  • Movies,
  • XXX,
  • TV Shows,
  • Games,
  • Music,
  • Software,
  • Non XXX,
  • Trailers,
  • Box Office.

It will become a good alternative to YTS due to the huge number of torrents with high seeds, although it is inferior to it in terms of convenience.

In my opinion, the site is oversaturated with ads and asks for captcha input too often.

4. EZTV
EZTV logo

  • Number of visitors: > 18 million per month
  • Topics:  TV shows
  • Maximum number of peers: > 3.000
  • Number of torrents: > 500k
  • Year of foundation: 2005

EZTV website

This is the best torrent download site for TV shows. Perhaps there is no other resource on the Internet that would have collected such an extensive collection of TV programs, Live TV in recording, classic shows of the 20th century and the latest reality shows.

Pros of EZTV:

5. Nyaa
Nyaa logo

  • Number of visitors: > 40 million per month
  • Topics: All anime
  • Maximum number of peers: > 5.000
  • Number of torrents: >300k
  • Year of foundation: 2005

Nyaa website

If you love anime, then this torrent site is the perfect substitute for 1337x. Only Nyaa has such an extensive collection of anime torrents and everything related to it.

You will find materials in the original Japanese language here, as well as translations into English and other languages, subtitles, music, pictures, and even software.

The site is great not only as a 1337x replacement but also for sharing.


Lifehacks for 1337x

In this section, I want to share with you some of the tricks you need to know when using 1337x.

Additional features during registration

Everything that is described in 1337x reviews concerns public content and a set of functions available without registration. But you can significantly improve the user experience if you register at 1337x.

Functions available after registration:

  • Chat
  • Uploading
  • Bookmarks

Registration at 1337x

At the time of this writing, it is impossible to register on the site using direct links from the menu. The Register and Login links redirect to another site that has nothing to do with 1337x.

But I found out how to get around this and register successfully.

I was unable to register from the US. For successful registration, you need to use a VPN to spoof your location. Having connected to Ukraine, I successfully completed the registration process in one minute. Read more about VPN in the following chapters.

 

Correct registration page 1337x

Successful registration at 1337x


Torrenting safety rules

Due to the presence of copyrighted files on torrent sites like 1337x or YIFY Torrents, distributing them without the permission of the copyright holder leads to prosecution and real fines.

How to safely use 1337x alternatives and other similar websites?

  1. Protect traffic from your ISP.
  2. It is necessary to ensure complete anonymity using a VPN.
  3. Activate protection against malicious addresses in the VPN app.
  4. Launch torrent client or open magnet links only when Kill Switch is on (see below in the description of VPNs).   

Top 3 VPNs for torrenting

No matter what the laws are in your country, always use a VPN for torrenting. VPN technology allows you to completely legally hide the IP address, hide the addresses of visited sites, change the host country, and encrypt the transmitted data.

This is necessary in order not to leave traces of torrenting in the logs of your Internet provider and the logs of torrent sites.

Below are the 3 best VPNs for torrenting and torrenting sites in 2021. I recommend using professional services with a subscription to services. If you can't afford such a service, then try free VPNs for torrenting. They have many limitations, but in some cases, they can replace classic VPN services.


1. Surfshark is a Strong Budget VPN

Surfshark VPN for torrent sites

  • P2P / torrenting support: Excellent
  • Privacy Protection: High
  • Price: From $2.49 per month
  • Supported platforms: All OSs
  • Logging: Doesn’t keep logs

Watching movies downloaded from torrent sites is easy and convenient. Most often, having tried it once, people become regular users of such resources. So my first VPN was Surfshark.

It is the cheapest service I know and is guaranteed to work reliably with torrents using technology with the highest security standards.

Surfshark will be of interest to you if you subscribe for 2 or more years. This is a real opportunity to save money.

I have been studying and testing this provider since 2108 and confirm that it has developed rapidly over the years. In the past year alone, it tripled its server count.

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The best offer for torrenting
 

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2. NordVPN is a Strong Universal and Cheap VPN

NordVPN for torrent sites

  • P2P / torrenting support: Excellent
  • Privacy Protection: High
  • Price: From $3.30 per month for 2-year plan (2021 Summer promotion)
  • Supported platforms: All OSs
  • Logging: Doesn’t keep logs

I like NordVPN even more. But it's not as good as Surfshark on a long-term subscription.

But if we are talking about a subscription for a year, then you will not find competitors of this level. NordVPN's annual plan is cheaper than any competitor of this high level I know.

That being said, NordVPN apps have an important advantage. VPN connections are significantly faster than Surfshark or ExpressVPN, which I'll discuss below.

It seems like a small thing, but in real use, the connection speed and minimal processor load make torrenting a lot easier.

I  use NordVPN more often than other services, precisely because it is fast and discreet.

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Connect to a fast and affordable VPN
 

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3. ExpressVPN is a Super Fast Premium VPN

ExpressVPN for torrent sites

  • P2P / torrenting support: Excellent
  • Privacy Protection: Ultra High
  • Price: From $6.67 per month
  • Supported platforms: All OSs
  • Logging: Doesn’t keep logs (confirmed)

For those who love everything premium, I recommend ExpressVPN. This service is both the fastest (data transfer speed can reach 150 Mbps and above) and the most confidential. It has VPN servers in 94 countries and apps for all OSs and platforms.

That being said, installing ExpressVPN apps is easy. After registration, a letter is sent to your mail with a link to a special page of their website, where with one click, without the need for authorization, you can install apps for Windows, Mac, Android, or iOS.

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Connect to a premium VPN
 

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Conclusion

After studying 1337x, I understood why it is so popular although torrenting is gradually giving way to cheap streaming platforms.

I tried to describe all the nuances of its work and told about useful lifehacks, provided fallback URLs, and suggested alternatives of the highest level.

If you have comments or questions on the topic of the article, if you have your own experience of using 1337x, write comments under the article. I will read and, if possible, answer you.

Dean Chester.

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Dean Chester
Cybersecurity and online privacy expert and researcher. He's been published on OpenVPN, EC-Council Blog, DevSecOps, AT-T Business, SAP Community, etc. Dean has been testing VPNs for 8 years.

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7 user reviews for 1337x Torrents: Lifehacks, Proxies, Alternatives [2021]

mustavalkeaa's picture
Did you know 1337 is leet

Did you know 1337 is leet upside on a calculator? :)) I didn't know, that's funny. As for the site, my favorite one for sure. It is a good alternative for other torrent site, TPB for example when it's down or you're too lazy to look for proxies, but I really hate its search. But it's a good torrent site when you just want to quickly download a movie for an evening, for example.

Paul's picture
I also had some errors and

I also had some errors and lags with this torrent some time ago, so I switched from 1337x to rarbg for a moment. Decided to try 1337x once more and gave it a chance, now everything is fine, and the site is absolutely stable. Thanks for the tips, definitely gonna try out some of them.

trentemoller's picture
At first sight, seeing all

At first sight, seeing all these popup ads redirecting me to god knows where, I thought it's some scam site, but it turned out to be a really good one with a nice range of stuff. Also, they fixed this issue with ads and now it's one of my favorite torrents. A tip: check the uploader, if they have a long history of uploads, then they are safe. If anything, check the comments. I used AIOSearch before, but it stopped working so that's how I found 1337x.

monochrome's picture
The 1337x is good, really

The 1337x is good, really lots of content, almost every new tv show can be found here, but I hate their search, so wonky. There are no comments on any uploads, too, though it would be really useful. However, it's one of the most stable torrents for me, I've been using it for a couple of years and it's nice to know there's a place you can find what you need. Thanks for the proxies list, didn't know about it. Can't say 1337x has got lots of troubles with working, but I've copied it just in case.

sarang's picture
Thank you for this article.

Thank you for this article. It was quite useful to get all the advantages and disadvantages. Finding a site for torrenting can be very tricky. Even the most popular torrent sites are being shut down really quickly. There also are torrent sites that offer low-quality torrent files, fake torrents etc. In such a case, for me, 1337x has always been the best torrent site for safe downloading in terms of its safety and reliability.

JSTK-'s picture
hide vpn legally

This torrent site is an illegal one browsing through which becomes a crime in Deutschland, India, and many other countries. Users are recommended not to use this site and visit the legal alternatives. 1337x is one of the user-friendly platforms to watch and download leaked content. Use VPN if you want to hide the IP address legally and download content from torrent websites. If you're ready to pay $6.67 per month I recommend you ExpressVPN.

powerrain's picture
1337x

I've been using 1337x for three years already, I think, it's one of few sites where you really can get any film or TV series you want. I didn't use it for downloading any programs though, I usually try to buy a license. They had some issues with pop-up ads or redirecting to other sites the most of which were pure scams, but now it's gone. Or maybe it's just my AdBlock... Whatever. Also, I recall it being down a couple of times, I couldn't even visit the main page. I guess it was because of the updates or something.