Type of site
|Torrent index, magnet links provider|
|Dissolved||May 31, 2023|
|Area served||Worldwide (except for blocked countries)|
|Part of a series on|
|Video sharing sites|
|File sharing networks|
|Anonymous file sharing|
|History and societal aspects|
|By country or region|
RARBG was a website that provided torrent files and magnet links to facilitate peer-to-peer file sharing using the BitTorrent protocol. From 2014 to 2023, RARBG repeatedly appeared in TorrentFreak's yearly list of most visited torrent websites. It was ranked 4th as of January 2023. The website did not allow users to upload their own torrents.
RARBG was founded in 2008. Originally conceived as a Bulgarian BitTorrent tracker (BG stands for "Bulgaria" in the name), the website had been serving an international audience since then. According to TorrentFreak, RARBG specializes in English-language "high quality video releases, but lists other content as well, including games, software and music."
The website has been described in 2019 as a "notorious market" by the US trade representative. In 2020, the website was listed as a target of Bulgarian law enforcement.
On 31 May 2023, the site announced its shutdown, citing multiple reasons, including inflation, side effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The full shutdown statement released by the site reads as follows:
We would like to inform you that we have decided to shut down our site.
The past 2 years have been very difficult for us - some of the people in our team died due to covid complications,
others still suffer the side effects of it - not being able to work at all.
Some are also fighting the war in Europe - ON BOTH SIDES.
Also, the power price increase in data centers in Europe hit us pretty hard.
Inflation makes our daily expenses impossible to bare [sic].
Therefore we can no longer run this site without massive expenses that we can no longer cover out of pocket.
After an [sic] unanimous vote we've decided that we can no longer do it.
We are sorry :(
RARBG was blocked in several countries around the world for legal reasons, generally due to its facilitation of copyright infringement. In December 2008, the site remained closed for one week due to legal pressure from BREIN. In 2017, RARBG was filtered out of Google search results following a controversy wherein links to torrent sites were highlighted in Google's "carousel" search results. Due to a lawsuit brought forth against ISP Hurricane Electric by film studios demanding the personal information of pirates, Sophidea VPN, a VPN service operated through Hurricane Electric, blocked access to several torrent sites as of December 2020, including RARBG.
|Country||Date of block|
|Saudi Arabia||2 April 2014|
|United Kingdom||27 November 2014|
|Denmark||27 March 2015|
|Turkey||12 August 2015|
|Portugal||26 October 2015|
|Italy||6 March 2017|
|Australia||18 August 2017|
|Indonesia||10 October 2017|
|Finland||8 June 2018|
|Ireland||18 January 2018|
|Belgium||3 January 2019|
|India||12 April 2019|
|Greece||15 May 2019|
|Netherlands||31 March 2022|