|Archiving status||Partially saved|
|IRC channel||#archiveteam-bs (on hackint)|
(formerly #isoprey (on EFnet))
isoHunt was a BitTorrent search engine.
Hello, Brave New World
It’s sad to see my baby go. But I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. 10.5 years of isoHunt has been a long journey by any business definition, and forever in Internet startup time. It started as a programming hobby in my university days that has become so, so much more. It’s been a learning experience beyond what I imagined. I’ve done the best I could pushing the social benefits of BitTorrent and file sharing, the searching and sharing of culture itself, but it’s time for me to move on to new software ideas and projects.
isoHunt Shuts Down After $110 Million Settlement With The MPAA
By Ernesto. October 17, 2013.
Torrent search engine isoHunt today announced that it has settled its legal battle with the MPAA for $110 million. The site’s owner has decided to throw in the towel and shut down the site for now, but an application for an appeal at the U.S. Supreme Court is still pending. The MPAA described the outcome of the case as a landmark victory that will preserve jobs and protect tens of thousands of businesses.
For more than seven years isoHunt and the MPAA have been battling it out in court but today the case appears to have come to an end, at least for now.
Both parties have submitted a request to conclude the case and isoHunt founder Gary Fung has agreed to pay a $110 million settlement and shut down the site. 
Initiating Self Destruct
This is it. We are shutting down isoHunt services a little early. I'm told there was this Internet archival team that wants to make historical copy of our .torrent files, I'm honoured that people thinks our site is worthy of historical preservation, but the truth is about 95% of those .torrent files can be found off Google regardless and mostly have been indexed from other BitTorrent sites in the first place. So I might as well do a proper send-off to you dear isoHunt users, before final shutdown sequence on Tuesday. It's been an adventure in the last 10.5 years working on isoHunt, a privilege working with some of the smartest guys I've worked with, and my life won't be the same without it. For what I'm working on next, please look up my blog on Google and follow me there. Because as the Terminator would say with a German accent,
I'll be backkk.
How can I help?
The grab scripts can be found in the repo.It will be made available in the Warrior soon.
Thank you all for helping while isoHunt was still alive. Please join us in other archiving missions. Take a look at our Main Page!
Frequently Asked Questions
Why didn't you just ask Gary Fung for the database?
We didn't want to get Gary involved which may have lead him to more consequences.
Why archive the torrent files?
Archiving the torrent files was not the primary goal. The goal was to archive and preserve the associated metadata onto the Internet Archive.
What's the point of sending them to the Internet Archive?
The Internet Archive is different. Their goal is to preserve. Not delete.
What's up with the "isoHunt resurrection?"
Archive Team is not affiliated with any isoHunt mirror sites and urges visitors to avoid using these mirrors.
I still have more questions.
See Frequently Asked Questions.
IsoHunt archives are located in 3 items:
There are 58657102 files, ≈95% of them are zero-length files, however there are 1155815 .warc.gz and 1013093 recoverable .torrent files in three items (torrent files account for 717 TiB of content). Before unpacking the original .tar.gz files, filesystem capabilities should be considered since it requires large number of inodes (i.e. ext4 has inode limit determined at the creation of FS).
Audit results in JSON-per-row format are placed in isohunt.audit.2016 item, recovered .torrent files in the form of .7z archives are in isohunt.moonshine.2016 item.
Summary page for the audit can be found here
- "isoHunt" at Wikipedia
- ArchiveTeam Works Hard to Avert isoHunt Data Massacre
- isoHunt Shuts Down Early to Block Backup Plan
- IsoHunt Resurrected Less Than Two Weeks After $110 Million MPAA Deal