Copyright stifles culture and artistic expression. Enforcing copyright only protects corporations and publishers, not actual authors and artists. File sharing and the copying of digital files ("digital piracy") is not theft. Die mad if you disagree.
I try to only list things I've tried/am familiar with.
See also my creative resources page.
Other useful lists, repos, and sites
- /r/Piracy megathread
- /r/FREEMEDIAHECKYEAH wiki
- Awesome Piracy
- Data Detox Kit
- Dig Deeper
- [.onion] The Hidden Wiki
- Web Oasis
unfortunately, there are no good choices here. there are only personal preferences and lesser evils.
that said, If you use Google Chrome you have brain damage. it's a massive piece of shit software that barely functions as a web browser and the only thing it's good at is collecting as much of your personal information as possible. This includes your search history, usernames and passwords (your fill-in login information is stored on their servers), mouse input, keystrokes (aka keylogging), and your FUCKING BANKING INFORMATION. It also listens and collects the information you say in real life. it's literally malware and I cannot believe it's so widely used.
- firefox is better than chrome (especially in the customization category), but be aware that it is not as a private as you think it is. Waterfox has been sold to an ad company (system1). don't bother with it either.
- Bromite - chromium-based mobile browser
- LibreWolf - fork of firefox. has no phoning home/telemetry and comes with ublock origin installed. no windows build. looked promising but its future is questionable.
- Otter Browser - open-source, lightweight web browser designed as an aesthetic successor to opera 12 (the last version before opera changed its engine to blink, the same engine used by google chrome).
- Pale Moon - originally an open source fork of an older version of Firefox, but has since created its own engine. devs are real poopyheads, though.
- Ungoogled Chromium - Chromium sans Google integration. pick this if you prefer chrome's functionality and feel.
Browser addons and customization
- PrivacyBadger, NoScript, and Ghostery are basically useless. Don't bother.
- Extensions that advertise themselves as VPNs / proxies are sketchy as fuck. Use an actual VPN service.
- /r/FirefoxCSS - customizing Firefox's UI
- Archiveror - adds a button to save webpages to archive.is, archive.org, and other sites
- Buster - captcha solver
- Decentraleyes - prevents websites from doing content delivery through third-parties
- Firefox Containers - keep cookies seperate, in different profiles
- HTTPs Everywhere - encrypts all connections and communications
- I Don't Care About Cookies - removes website popups that ask for permission to keep cookies
- Stylus - open source alternative to Stylish. create/install userstyles to customize websites.
- uBlock Origin - adblocker
- ViolentMonkey - manager to install userscripts, which have their own section below.
- WebRTC Control - allows one-click disabling of WebRTC to prevent IP leaking
eBooks, academia, and manga
- Armaell's Library - light novel manga
- AudioBookBay - audiobooks
- Calibre - eBook management
- eBooks Category on Mobilism - ebooks
- KissManga - manga
- Library Genesis - ebooks
- MangaDex - manga
- SciHub - scientific articles and papers
- The Trove - archives of tabletop RPGs
- ZLibrary - ebooks
- 10MinuteMail - disposable email service
- Cock.li - Yeah, it's mail with cocks.
- CTemplar - free (requires an invite code) or paid. doesn't store IPs. anonymous. can be paid with Monero. has a .onion link. open source.
- Disroot - free or paid. doesn't store IPs. logs are only kept for 24hours. VPN/Tor allowed. pro-activist. also has a few other services, including a cloud, temporary file hosting, chat client, pastebin, and more.
- Mailbox - costs about ~$1 a month, encrypted, and powered by green energy. you can also make a few email aliases.
- Mailfence - free or paid. encrypted. based in belgium.
- Posteo - costs about ~$1 a month. encrypted, powered by green energy, and doesn't require personal info.
- ProtonMail - free, encrypted, and open source. based in Switzerland.
- RiseUp - free (requires invite code), anonymous, encrypted, has a .onion link, alias creation, and no logs. pro-activist.
- Thunderbird - open source email client by Mozilla
- Tutanota - free, encrypted, open source, and powered by green energy
- 123TV - live tv
- 4anime - anime
- 720pStream - live sports
- 9Anime - anime
- Allspark.tv - tv/movie stream
- Anime8 - anime
- AnimeKaizoku + AnimeKayo - anime DDL links
- AnimeRam - anime
- AnimeToon - cartoons and anime
- AnimeVibe - anime
- Aniwatch - anime
- azm.to - movies
- Batflix - movies + tv shows
- Best Sport Streaming - ranks free sport streaming services
- CrackStreams live sports
- Cricfree - live sports
- Crocovid - stream search engine
- DaddyLive - live sports
- DramaCool - Asian tv shows
- Dramago - Asian tv shows
- Footybite - live soccer
- gDriveMovies - movies
- gDriveTV - tv shows
- GogoAnime - anime
- IHaveNoTV - dcoumentaries
- Jellyfin - self-hosted media streaming
- KimCartoon - cartoons
- KissCartoon - cartoons
- LiveTV - live sports
- LookMovie - movies
- MamaHD - live sports
- MovieFiles - generates DDL links for movies hosted on public Google Drives
- NOXX - tv shows
- nyaa.si - anime torrents
- ololo - stream search engine
- OnionPlay - movies + tv shows
- P4Pirate - stream search engine
- Pluto.tv - live tv
- RobinHood - live tv
- SportsHD - live sports
- StageDork - musicals
- Toonova - cartoons
- Twist.moe - anime
- USTVGO - live tv
- UstreaMix - live tv
- VideoSpider - stream search engine
- VIPBox - live sports
- WatchAsian - Asian tv shows
- WatchSeries - tv shows
- WatchSeries2 - tv shows
- WCOForever + WCOStream - cartoons and anime
- YayPonies - my little pony
- YourSports - live sports
File sharing, downloading, and management
- 7Zip - open source file archiver and folder compressor
- Box - cloud sync that can sync over 100k+ files and support both special characters in file names and file paths longer than 256 characters. Free account has 10GB.
- Cryptee - encrypted, anonymous doc + photo cloud storage. free or paid.
- Google Drive direct download generator
- MEGA - end-to-end encrypted cloud storage. free personal storage option is 15GB.
- pCloud - Swiss-based cloud storage that offers a one-time lifetime payment
- RipMe - album/video ripper
- Sync - encrypted cloud storage. free personal storage option is 5GB.
- youtube-dl - downloads videos through the command line from youtube and other sites. use youtube-dl-gui or youtube-dl-helper if you don't want/know how to use to use the command line.
Gaming, emulation, and ROMs
- /r/CrackWatch - new cracked games releases
- Awesome Game Remakes - open source remakes of games
- CDRomance - ROMs and ISOs
- Citra - 3DS emulator
- CreamAPI - DLC unlocker for Steam
- CS.RIN.RU - gaming forum
- Fitgirl Repacks - games that have been compressed to save space
- GOG - DRM-free game store
- Humble Bundle - pay-what-you-want game bundles, with control over where your money goes.
- My Abandonware - old PC games
- ROMsMania - ROMs
- Romulation - ROMs
- Vimm's Lair - ROMs
- Hexchat - IRC client
- Signal - more secure than Telegram (Telegram does not encrypt data by default). also works as an SMS alternative.
- Telegram - encypted messenger. you can also send any files of any size.
- Stealthy - end-to-end encrypted messaging app and decentralized with blockchain.
Mobile apps and phone-related
- F-Droid - FOSS android app store
- Mobilism - mobile app forum
- NewPipe - open source YouTube frontend app
- YouTube Vanced - modded YouTube app
- Cash.app - banking and money transfer
- Liberapay - Patreon alternative
- Monero - decentralized and untracable cryptocurrency
Music and audio
- 1Gabba - downloads for hardcore, habber, and adjascent genres.
- Airsonic - self-hosted music streaming
- Cirrus Retro - retro video game soundtracks
- CMDFM - radio
- Deezer - music streaming for $10 a month.
- FunkWhale - self-hosted music streaming
- Hikari no Akari OST - Japanese music
- KHInsider - video game soundtracks. Use VGMLoader to bypass download restriction.
- JetSetRadio - radio with the visual style of its namesake
- listen.moe - jpop and kpop radio
- MOOVAL - move playlists and tracks between different streaming services
- MP3Juices - mp3 search engine
- Musgle + Jimmyr - searches file indexes for music
- MusicBrainz - an open music encyclopedia that collects music metadata and makes it available to the public
- Music for Programming - radio
- Napster - music streaming for $5 a month
- Nightwave Plaza - vaporwave radio
- Poolside FM - radio with a nice visual aesthetic
- Project 2612 - Sega Genesis VGM rips
- Nuclear - music streaming from multiple free sources
- Slider - music search engine
- Spotify - music streaming for $10 a month
- Tidal - artist-owned hi-fidelity music streaming that claims to properly pay artists. has exclusive content and first dibs on concert and meetup tickets. $10+ a month.
- VGM Rips - retro video game soundtracks
- Winamp - my preferred desktop music player
- YTMP3 - YouTube to mp3.
- WebOasis Radio - stations with different genres
- Zophar - video game soundtracks
- Freenet - free software which lets you anonymously browse and publish "freesites" (web sites accessible only through Freenet).
- I2P - anonymizing network similar to TOR.
- Onion routing - can be implemented with Tor, the entrance to the Dark Web
- Zeronet - open, free and uncensorable websites using Bitcoin cryptography and BitTorrent network.
- The Eye - massive; mainly has a solid collection of ROMs.
- ODCrawler + FilePursuit + opendirectory-finder + lumpysoft + palined + lendx + mmnt + NAPALMFTP - searches open directories and file indexers.
- MegaSearch - search engine for finding content hosted on MEGA and a few other hosts
- Ubuntu has Amazon ads and data leaks by default. Don't use it or anything based off of it.
- Debian - GNU/Linux distro
- Fedora - GNU/Linux distro
- LineageOS - Android distro
- Parrot - Debian-based and fully sandboxed
- PureOS - open source and very clean.
- Tails - live OS
- Qubes - OS that uses xen-based virtualization
- Replicant - Android distro
- Whonix - live OS based on Debian and Tor
- DuckDuckGo - claims to care about its users' privacy, but not really. hosted in the US.
- Ecosia - powered by green energy. every search raises money to go towards planting trees. not very private.
- Ekoru - powered by green energy. every search raises money to go towards cleaning the environment.
- Privado - hosted in France
- Qwant - hosted in France
- Searx - open source proxy for search engines
Security and privacy
- Have I Been Pwned? - check if your data has been caught in data leaks
- KeePassXC - open source password manager
- PRISM BREAK
- Surveillance Self-Defense
- That One Privacy Site
- Diaspora - Google+/Facebook alternative
- Friendica - decentralized Facebook alternative
- Invidious - YouTube frontend
- JustDeleteMe - guides on how to delete your accounts on different sites
- Keybase - encrypted messaging, file sharing, and git
- Mastodon - decentralized, federated, open source microblogging service
- PixelFed - open source, federated Instagram alternative
- Write.as - open source and privacy-based writing/blogging platform
- archiveteam - archiving the internet
- CrackWatch - news and updates on game cracks
- FREEMEDIAHECKYEAH - general piracy
- invites - invite links for websites and services
- OpenDirectories - unprotected server indexes
- OpenSignups - when private trackers temporarily allow public signups
- trackers - discussion of public and private torrent trackers
- You don't really need antivirus software. Just use common sense and Malwarebytes.
- CPU-Z + GPU-Z - monitoring of your CPU and GPU
- Revo Uninstaller - program uninstaller. Gets things the default Windows uninstaller doesn't.
- ShareX - screen capture and file sharing.
- ShutUp10 - Windows antispyware tool
Text editors and office
- LibreOffice - open source office suite
- OpenOffice - open source office suite
- Notepad++ - open source code editor
- Simplenote - note-taking app
- Zoho - cloud office suite
Torrenting & trackers
- Always use a VPN when messing with torrents.
- Do not use μTorrent.
- 1337x.to - public tracker
- Deluge - bittorrent client
- EZTV - tv show torrents
- isohunt - public tracker
- mgnet - magnet URL shortener
- nyaa.si - public tracker for anime torrents
- Peerflix - stream torrents
- Popcorn Time - stream torrents
- qBitTorrent - bittorrent client
- RARBG - public tracker
- Root - tracker proxy
- SkyTorrents - search engine
- snowfl - search engine
- SolidTorrents - search engine
- torrent.nz - magnet search engine
- YTS - movie torrents
- remove web limits - bypasses scripts that prevent selecting, copying, right-clicking, etc.
- Handbrake - open source video file conversion and metadata editing
- OBS - open source video recording and livestreaming software
- Mullvad - no log VPN that doesn't require personal information to make an account. Can be paid with Bitcoin.
- ProtonVPN - service by the same people behind ProtonMail.
- 30 Seconds of Code
- Awesome CSS
- Awesome HTML5
- Brick - Google Fonts alternative
- CSS Protips
- Hover.css - hover effects
- JsDelivr - CDN
- Leon's CSS - css effects
- Njalla - privacy-focused domain registration.
- Porkbun - privacy-based domain registration.
- style-my-tooltips - custom tooltips
- W3Schools - tutorials and references