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The Best Blocklists To Use When Torrenting

Note About Blocklists

Blocklists only provide a modest level of protection against snoopers — you can read all about their limitations here. For better privacy, you can use a VPN while torrenting.

A blocklist is simply a list of IP addresses to block when torrenting. Typically, these lists consist of the IP addresses of known snoopers or malware providers.

Most of the good bittorrent clients support blocklists – for example Transmission or uTorrent.

Where To Find Blocklists

Bitsurge Blocklist

The Bitsurge list is a list of “anti-torrent” group. It was created for the Transmission torrent client but it can be used with any compatible client.

I-Blocklists

I-Blocklist has a good selection of blocklists, but many are now “subscriber-only” ($10 / year).

The “dbl.oisd.nl” Blocklist

The list was found on Reddit. It is intended to block Ads, Mobile Ads, Phishing, Malvertising, Malware, Spyware, Ransomware, CryptoJacking.

It is my take at creating/maintaining “The Best Blocklist”.

You should not have to whitelist things, it’s that good.

Note: This blocklist is a domain blocklist and should never be used as the only list in an adblocker that uses adblock rules (such as uBlock Origin).Blocks ✋

BlocklistDescriptionUse withDownload
Main listDomain name listPi-hole, (Blokada users; use mobile hosts version below, because of this.)1 2 3 4 5
Main list (hosts-format)Identical, but prefixed with “0.0.0.0” Some software needs the list to be in this “hosts-file”-formatWARNING: Using it directly as your OS’s hosts file might cause problems due to it’s size!1 2 3 4 5
Main list (ABP format)Identical, but in Adblock plus formatAdguard Home RECOMMENDED!1 2 3 4 5
Mobile (wildcards)Handpicked mobile/android/iOS lists, combined with some great other lists. This focuses primarily on mobile ads/malware.Adguard Pro iOS, [software that also blocks all subdomains of the listed entries, hence; ‘wildcards’]1 2 3 4 5
Mobile hosts (non-wildcards)Identical to previous, but in “hosts-format” and for use with sofware that doesn’t support wildcard blockingBlokada, AdAway1 2 3 4 5

1 = Main server. Mirrors; 2 & 3 by DurableNapkin, 4 & 5 by okz5289

Notes:

  • The mobile lists are a subset of the main list. The main list already contains all domains the mobile list has.
  1. Pi-hole users should check out Adguard Home instead. (Supports: CNAME blocking / Adblock-style blocklists and my personal reason why I switched: blocks all subdomains (to blocked domains) by default!! Pi-hole needs every damn subdomain listed separately; inefficiënt, insecure!)
  2. Keep default lists enabled. If you (for whatever reason) decide you don’t like them, you can always disable them later.
  3. Use the uBlock Origin browser add-on. I recommend using it next to to a network wide DNS blocker (such as Pi-hole or Adguard Home) anyways. (uBlock Origin Blocks youtube ads, hides ad-placeholders, etc)
  4. Youtube app ads you say? Mobile (Android) users: Check out Vanced or Newpipe

Using Multiple Blocklists

Adding multiple blocklists to Transmission is tricky, here’s how to do it:

  1. Copy the URL lof blocklist
  2. Open transmission -> preferences -> peers
  3. Paste the url into the URL bar and click “update” (download should be visible)
  4. On mac finder bar (no program selected) click on “go” -> “go to folder”
  5. Enter ” ~/Library/Application Support/Transmission
  6. Select the blocklist folder *(notice that there is only one “blocklist.bin” folder? That is the blocklist of the current URL that you pasted into Transmission. Transmission will always make this file the generic URL updated .bin file) You don’t want that unless you plan on just having one blocklist.
  7. Click and drag the blocklist out of the folder and onto your desktop! Rename it “(any name) blocklist.bin”
  8. Rinse and repeat for the other blocklist URLs you wish to use from the site. (i used 6) And also, whenever you finish with however many URLs you use, close Transmission before going to step 9.
  9. After you have done this for your desired blocklists (making sure each has a different name before the affix “-blocklist.bin”, then go back to the blocklist folder (step 4 & 5)
  10. Click and drag each renamed ” -blocklist.bin” file (on ur desktop) back into the folder.
  11. Open up transmission, select “window” -> “message log” (click on the bottom left of that window and select “info” instead of “error” or “debug” and look at the status of your peer block list. It should say on the right-hand side: peer blacklist “level 1blocklist.bin” has 213046 inquiries (ip addresses) and so on so forth- for the other blocklists you may have added

Comments 11

  1. John’s bitsurge biglist is now dead which sucks

    If anyone knows of a list for Peer guarding or in.gz file format please post.

  2. How do I add one of these blocklists to Transmission? I tried right click and selecting “copy link location” and pasting it into Transmissions blocklist URL. It starts to download but then I get an error message saying:

    “Download of the blocklist failed. The specified blocklist file did not contain any valid rules.”

    Any advice? Thanks

  3. Wonder what kind of wood that deck she’s standing on is made of? Oh no not another sleepless night.

  4. “It is a sexy girl…I like it.”

    Why would this be relevant and why do we think we are so “civilised”?

  5. I think the title image is great, it exemplifies how much attention one must be paying to see that it’s not a direct link at all. Just staring off into the sunset, clicking blindly.

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