Search Or Browse One Million Public Domain Legal Torrents In The Internet Archive

Justin Pot 15-08-2012

the internet archiveBrowse and download over one million public domain movies, audiobooks and live concerts using BitTorrent. It’s all thanks to The Internet Archive, who you might know as the organization behind the Wayback Machine The Wayback Machine - Browse The Internet Of Yester-Yore Read More . They’ve started adding torrent files to their massive archive of public domain files, all of which are hosted by two different Archive servers alongside the usual seeders and peers.


Put simply, BitTorrent is now the fastest way to download files from The Internet Archive’s massive collection of completely legal files.

Bittorrent is frequently seen as a piracy tool, and not without reason. However, there are also legal uses for the peer-to-peer technology. Linux fans frequently use BitTorrent to download their favorite distro and there are various sites out there for downloading legal torrents How to Find Legal Torrents Online: The Best Sources Here are all the best online sources to find legal torrents. With these, you can download lots of content for free! Read More . The Internet Archive added over one million more legal uses for Bittorrent overnight last week when it announced their new torrent files. Just because this stuff is public domain doesn’t mean you won’t find something you like.

Not sure how to use Bittorrent? Check out our free BitTorrent guide The Torrent Guide for Everyone This beginner's guide is a great introduction to peer-to-peer file sharing with BitTorrent. Get started with torrent downloading in a safe and responsible way with our tips here. Read More  – it explains the basics.

Finding Legal Torrents

Ready to explore what the archive is offering? Simply head to the Archive’s BitTorrent page for an overview or to the Archive’s hotlist to see the most popular downloads.

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If the file you check out is audio or video you’ll be able to access it entirely in your browser. This is a great way to check the quality of the file before you commit to downloading, or to simply enjoy the file without downloading.

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Ready to download the file? You’ll find plenty of options below the preview, but we’re focusing on BitTorrent today. You’ll find it near the bottom, clearly labeled:

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Open that torrent file with your BitTorrent client of choice and the download will begin. Remember – seed generously!

Legal Movie Torrents

Looking for a movie? Head to the Archive’s feature films collection. From there you can search for movies.

Do not expect recent Hollywood blockbusters – all the movies you’ll find here are in the public domain, meaning most are black and white and many are silent-era. Still, the films of Charlie Chaplin are timeless and old science fiction films are unintentionally hilarious, so there is more than enough to explore here.

Legal Audiobook Torrents

Do you prefer to lean back and listen to a good book? There are over 5,000 high-quality audio versions of literary classics for you to discover, all from the Librivox Catalog.


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Head to the Archive’s audiobooks page to get started. You’ll like what you find.

Download Live Concerts Legally

If you’re a music fan this is potentially the best part of the site – a massive collection of fan-recorded concerts, all from bands that allow non-commercial taping and distribution. The collection, maintained by the eTree community, offers over 100,000 recordings – so you’re bound to find something you’re into, and again – it’s all completely legal.

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As with other sections of the site you can easily preview the files to ensure the audio quality is to your tastes. Check out the live concert offerings now and start exploring.

Download Old-Fashioned Radio Shows

Whether you want to share classic shows with family who remember them or experience some history first-hand, The Internet Archive offers you access to over 2,000 radio shows from the Golden Era. Check out the Archive’s collection of old-time radio shows.


John Gilmore, founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, puts it best:

“I supported the original creation of BitTorrent because I believe in building technology to make it easy for communities to share what they have. The Archive is helping people to understand that BitTorrent isn’t just for ephemeral or dodgy items that disappear from view in a short time. BitTorrent is a great way to get and share large files that are permanently available from libraries like the Internet Archive.”

The Internet Archive is showing us what BitTorrent can do to make the world better, by giving us access to classic examples of our collective global culture. Take advantage of it.

And again: seed generously. It saves The Archive bandwidth costs and lets you contribute to the project in a small way.

What’s the best thing you’ve found while exploring The Internet Archive’s torrent offerings? Share with the world in the comments below!

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  1. Keith Swartz
    October 22, 2012 at 5:24 am

    This sounds like a GOOD deal! Guess I'll head that way.

  2. xbalesx
    September 2, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    Open and free is always a good thing. Going to start flipping thru these to see what I can find...TY

  3. Mikki McNatt
    August 22, 2012 at 5:33 am

    Sounds like a good service, guess I’ll have to try it out

  4. Elijah Swartz
    August 16, 2012 at 12:04 am

    I wonder why The Night of the Living Dead is up there. I thought those Disney and some others were responsible for extending copyright 95 years after publication. My guess is that they didn't renew their copyright.

    This post lend me search what movies and cartoons are available to the public domain. Over at, they have some old cartoons such as Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, Popeye, Caspar, and Looney Tunes (Bugs Bunny, Donald Duck, etc).

    I also found a copy of Beyond the Mind's eye which was a collection of ground breaking animation of the early 1990's along with music. I liked it along when I was a small child. I had a copy of it oh VHS, but it's gone now. I found another copy of it online, but it's nice to know it's at I'm downloading the 2.5GB iso image to see if the quality is better than what I have. The speeds are going at around 500-600kbps which is quite fair being free and for something I presume to be rare. Here's the link if you want to see what ground breaking animation from 1990 looks like. My inner 5 year old still likes it lol.

  5. Juan Carlos Espinosa Agudelo
    August 15, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    Sounds like a good service, guess I'll have to try it out :)

  6. Richard Borkovec
    August 15, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    Already found "Night of the Living Dead" in 1080p quality, so I'm sure there's tons of great old movies like that in there. Hopefully the infamous "War of the Worlds" reading is in the radio section!

  7. Richard Borkovec
    August 15, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Awesome! I'll definitely be going through those to see what gems are hidden in there.

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