In an ideal world, every user of the Pirate Bay would have access to it 24/7. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case, which is why you have ‘mirrors’ of the site. This article details what a mirror is and whether or not a Pirate Bay mirror has exactly the same files as the main site.
What is a Pirate Bay Mirror?
A mirror is a ‘duplicate’ of a website. It can be a complete replica of the site or a ‘partial’ mirror that only hosts certain content. The Pirate Bay was founded in 2003 and its ‘mirror’ dates back to 2010. The site is a torrent search engine.
Torrents are a form of a file that can be downloaded from a host website (or via a peer-to-peer network). Files can be anything from music, films, eBooks, or software. The Pirate Bay hosts links to download files via torrents. It offers a free service as well as a paid service.
Are Pirate Bay Mirrors the Same as The Main Site?
The short answer is no. The long answer is that they are very similar, but they can have missing content. A partial mirror will only have a portion of the files that are available on the main site. A complete mirror of The Pirate Bay will have the same number of files as the main site.
The main reason for this is that the hosts of the mirror site will often remove torrents that are no longer online on the main site. This is to save bandwidth and prevent hosting costs from spiraling out of control. A more serious matter is that there is a risk that a mirror could be taken down if it is being used as a replacement for the main site.
A site like The Pirate Bay is used by millions of people every day. If its servers are taken down, there will be millions of people looking for a new way to download torrents. That’s where Pirate Bay mirrors come in.
Why Do You Need Pirate Bay Mirrors?
If the files on Pirate Bay mirrors are not the same as the main site, then why do you need them at all? There are a few reasons for this. If you are trying to download a file using a mirror, but the main site is down, then you need a mirror to be able to download. If you are trying to download a file and you have a slow connection, then a mirror may be faster and more reliable.