Why Is TorrentHound Down?



Torrent users are finding that TorrentHound is now down. (Flickr/Keith Williamson)

If you’ve tried to visit TorrentHound lately, then you’ve likely noticed that the website is shut down. The site is now renamed “Torrenthound.com – farewell.” Is the service gone for good? What happened?

Here’s what you need to know.

In July, KickassTorrents was taken down and now TorrentHound is gone too. But TorrentHound didn’t shut down because of a specific lawsuit like KickassTorrents did. The site’s operators decided it was time to end the service.

TorrentFreak reported that the site’s operators voluntarily decided to take down the site permanently. The site had been running since 2007 and had millions of visitors every month, although it wasn’t nearly as popular as The Pirate Bay. TorrentFreak received an email from the site’s founder that just read “Finito.” The site’s home page now just shows the following:

torrenthound down


Here’s what the site used to look like before it shut down:

(Internet Archive/TorrentHound)

(Internet Archive/TorrentHound)

If you click on the link that reads “tfw you close your torrent site without explaination” you see the following video:

Crazy guy- Why are you closed? Why?Crazy guy yells outside Toronto mall, "Why are you closed?!".2010-07-01T01:49:42.000Z

It looks like TorrentHound may not be providing an explanation for why they’re shut down. It’s likely due to concern about pressures facing KickassTorrents and other sites. However, TorrentFreak reported that it wasn’t likely TorrentHound faced the same legal issues that took down KickassTorrents, since the site’s homepage linked to alternative torrents like bittorrent and The Pirate Bay. We’ll post updates to this story as we learn more about what happened to TorrentHound.

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