Ask HN: I've Built a DHT Torrent Sniffer and Search Engine. Should I Release?

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  • tribler

    Privacy enhanced BitTorrent client with P2P content discovery

    Sorry for the bad news: it's not going to work.

    Can you filter the 95% spam and dead torrents?

    It's very very hard what you are trying to do. Takes lots of effort to be somewhat usable. It's duplicating Google, withou their monopoly. A few have tried. My university lab has been building a torrent search engine for 17 years and 3 months. Fully decentralised, no servers, no browser, now called Web3. Burning 7 million Euro in tax payer money, building a distributed ledger in Sep 2007. So expect a long road ahead. (our engine:

  • Magnetico

    Autonomous (self-hosted) BitTorrent DHT search engine suite.

    Someone else did this a while back, universe continues to exist.

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  • spn

    Safing Privacy Network

    This is some nice piece of work - will definitely return to read more about the underlying concepts.

    We are working in a similar area with similar problems: Building a new Tor/VPN-like privacy network. See

  • torrent-paradise

    Decentralized DHT search site for IPFS

    There’s also this which has since gone down but remains up on IPFS and its index hasn’t updated since January…

  • Jackett

    API Support for your favorite torrent trackers

    Of course, you can just provide a code for users to run on their own computers, but don't expect that anyone will really use it (maybe just a few people here and there, I really mean it). Everyone, who is really hardcore enough to run something on their computers to obtain torrents will just use Jackett ( It can search through the huge number of torrents, which no local DHT scraping/search engine can provide.

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