Type of site
BitTorrent DHT search engine, magnet links provider
Available inMultilingual, primarily English
RegistrationNot required
LaunchedJanuary 2011; 10 years ago (2011-01)
Current statusOnline

BTDigg is the first Mainline DHT search engine.[1][2][3] It participated in the BitTorrent DHT network, supporting the network and making correspondence between magnet links and a few torrent attributes (name, size, list of files) which are indexed and inserted into a database. For end users, BTDigg provides a full-text database search via Web interface. The web part of its search system retrieved proper information by a user's text query. The Web search supported queries in European and Asian languages. The project name was an acronym of BitTorrent Digger (in this context digger means a treasure-hunter).[4] It went offline in June 2016, reportedly due to index spam.[5] The site returned later in 2016 at a dot-com domain, went offline again and is now online.[citation needed]. The site has its torrent crawler's source source listed on GitHub, dhtcrawler2.


BTDigg was created as a DHT search engine for free content for the BitTorrent network. The web part of the BTDigg search system provides magnet links and partial torrent information (name, list of files, size) from the database. The returned results are based on a user's text query. BTDigg's DHT search engine links two subjects that are partial information from a torrent and a magnet link, similar to the process of linking the content of a web page with a page URL. BTDigg also provides API for third-party applications.[1]

BTDigg Web interface supports English, Russian, Portuguese languages. Users can customize search results by choosing proper sort order in the web interface. Additional features are search API, API popularity, plugins for μTorrent and qBittorrent clients, Web browser OpenSearch plugin (for Internet Explorer, Google Chrome). API popularity gives a picture of changing popularity for a torrent in the BitTorrent DHT network.

History of BTDigg

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BTDigg was founded by Nina Evseenko in January 2011. The site is also available via the I2P network and Tor.

Date Milestone
31 March 2011 Web plugin to search with one click
4 April 2011 API popularity
9 April 2011 qBittorrent plugin
13 April 2011 new Web design
19 April 2011 showing torrent info-hash as QR code picture
28 April 2011 torrent fakes detection
30 April 2011 detection of torrent duplicates
12 July 2011 charts of the popular torrents in soft real-time
29 July 2011 different sort order
16 January 2012 supporting SSL connections
27 March 2012 showing distributed votes

Advantages and disadvantages

BTDigg provides decentralization of database creation and the ability to show distributed ratings provided by users via μTorrent.[6] There is no guarantee about content because BTDigg does not analyze nor store content. BTDigg is not a tracker because it does not share content; it does not participate nor coordinate BitTorrent swarm. It is not a BitTorrent Index because it does not store and does not maintain a static list of torrents. It does allow the authorities to monitor and record your search terms and downloads[original research?].


  1. ^ a b Ernesto (23 February 2011). "BTDigg, The First Trackerless Torrent Search Engine". Torrent Freak. Retrieved 15 June 2013.
  2. ^ Anthony, Sebastian (24 February 2011). "BTDigg, The First DHT Trackerless Decentralized Torrent Search Engine". Download Squad. Retrieved 15 June 2013.
  3. ^ "BTDigg: A Trackerless Torrent Search Engine". Make Use of. 27 February 2011. Retrieved 15 June 2013.
  4. ^ "About". BTDigg. Archived from the original on 27 May 2013. Retrieved 15 June 2013.
  5. ^ "BTDigg Shut Down Due to Torrent Spam, For Now - TorrentFreak". TorrentFreak. 11 July 2016. Retrieved 22 October 2016.
  6. ^ Ernesto (29 March 2012). "BTDigg Adds uTorrent Ratings To Search Results". Torrent Freak. Retrieved 15 June 2013.