The Pirate Bay has an .onion address on the Tor network. This network is free to use, and has thousands of relays located around the world. These relays have the task of encrypting and transferring the content across the Tor network, keeping your download private and anonymous. This architecture is being described in the word “onion”, as it resembles the several layers that onions have.
TOR Onions are also URLs. However, they use sequence of letters which are difficult to read together. In this way, they are difficult to track. In addition, they use the .onion extension for identification. This brings advantages, but also disadvantages, as onions can only be accessed via the TOR browser.
Besides, the PirateBay .onion address may vary, so you need to verify it. At present it is http://uj3wazyk5u4hnvtk.onion/ In order to use it do the following:
Step 1: open your Tor browser and paste the .onion address. You will be prompted to the official Pirate Bay site.
Step 2: use the Pirate Bay in the same manner as you use it on any other browser.
Step 3: use a torrent app to download the selected file. However remember that this app is not working over the Tor network, and thus your anonymity and privacy may be compromised.
Note: you will find on the Internet that some PirateBay’s users complain that the access to the site via TOR sometimes gives an error. Remember that the Pirate Bay works as any web site, and thus, it is subject to the many same problems as any other site. Be patient. The guys behind the Pirate Bay have proven to be highly knowledgeable, and they have usually solve the problems in a matter of hours.
BiglyBT is an open source client torrent application. It was created and it is maintained by the same developers that created Vuze. The great thing about this app is that it is ad free. Another advantage is that it is available for the Windows, Linux, macOS, Unix and Android operating systems.
If you want to download and install this application, do the following steps:
Step 1: download the installer from the official site, which is available at https://www.biglybt.com/. It is a good practice to use the official site, as there are many sites that claim to sell this kind of apps, and you will actually be paying for something that should be free.
Step 2: click on the installer program. Read the license agreement, particularly important is the section explaining the data collected. Click on the “Next” button, and select the configurations that you prefer. Let the program run.
Step 3: open the application. You will notice that this app comes with some interesting extra functionality, such as a statistics dashboard, Web Torrent support and an Internet connection checker. In addition, if you are busy, you can remote control your downloads via your Android phone.
Step 4: if you have any questions regarding this app, the great news is that you can consult its wiki, which is available at https://github.com/BiglySoftware/BiglyBT/wiki/ This document is very well written and informative.
Step 5: if you like this app, and want to make a contribution, go to https://www.biglybt.com/donation/donate.php where you can donate in USDs and in several crypto-currencies. Even more so, you can volunteer to donate a cup of coffee to the developers!
Although not very frequently, the PirateBay sometimes uses different logos to celebrate different events. These logos are later stored in the Doodles section and available to all. If you are interested in any of them, or just want to see how they look like, follow these steps:
Step 1: click on the Doodles link available on the main page of the PirateBay. It will prompt you to a page containing a list of different logos that were used by this site on different occasions. They also show the date of usage and sometimes some minimal explanation.
Step 2: if you are interested in any of them, select the one that you like and download it on your machine. Just for courtesy, remember to acknowledge the source every time you use them.
Note: there is a 3D print for the official symbol of the Pirate Bay. However, there aren’t any 3D prints for the occasionally used doodles. If you have the skills and the means, you could volunteer and create a 3D print of any of them and upload it on the Pirate Bay, Physibles section.
WebRTC is an open source project aimed at providing real time communication via simple application programming interfaces or APIs. RTC stands for Real Time Communication. The idea behind it is to avoid the need for specialized plugins or native apps. This project is supported by Apple, Google, Microsoft, Mozilla and Opera, and it is being standardized by the World Wide Web Consortium or W3C, and the Internet Engineering Task Force or IETF.
So, if you are interested in this new and promising technology, do the following:
Step 1: at present there aren’t many browsers behind this technology. However, you could use Safari to exchange files with your peers.
Step 2: run a WebTorrent tracker from a client torrent application, such as BiblyBT.
Step 3: alternatively, you could use an app such as BiblyBT to add existing WebTorrent trackers to existing torrents.