There are quite a few deep web directories that feature a wide range of sites on the deep and the dark web. They are used to find marketplaces, chat rooms, social networks, etc. on the dark and deep web. Some of the directories feature hundreds of thousands of links.
Deep web directories are the sites that have an arranged list of links to other sites on the deep web. They often have some sort of structure in terms of categories and subcategories. In most cases, dark web directories let website developers and webmasters inquire to include their sites in the directory, and then authorized editors to analyze those inquiries prior to adding those links. In other words, every link should be checked and made sure to meet the requirements of directory validity in order to get on the list.
Web directories are also often referred to as link directories. They are mostly used as guides to other sites on the deep web. Along with the links and their names, you can often find a short description of each of them. So, you generally know what to expect from this or that website before loading it.
Deep web directories appeared some time ago. It was basically a reaction to users’ need for finding the websites of interest, depending on their needs and purposes when surfing the deep and dark web. While there are directories that include links to all sorts of sites, there are also thematic directories that are focused on particular types of topics.
Deep web directories can be divided into the following directories:
- Payment directories. In order to include a link, the site owner has to pay. These directories are very advantageous to publish links on because the lower amount of links guarantees more visits;
- Free directories. These allow publishing links for free. Nevertheless, they don’t care about positioning, so it’s pretty much a hot mess of all kinds of links;
- Directories by registration. Although these directories are free, it’s necessary to register, submit a website, and wait for approval;
- Reciprocal directories. These directories are free, but require webmasters to either include their links to their sites or create a link that provides advantages to both parties;
- Directories by bids. This type of directories is a bit new to the web, even the deep and dark web. The positioning on these directories depends on the price paid in an auction. So, the more you pay, the better the position.
List of Deep Web Directories
Below is the list of some of the most popular deep web directories that are going to be immensely used in 2021. It’s important to note that this list is meant for ‘educational purposes.’ Since the sites in the list are deep web directories, they may involve various types of content that you may found offensive or that can be directly illegal.
OnionDir is a directory of services that features a list of .onion links that is updated on a daily basis. Some of the links published on this darknet site are illegal, so make sure to read the description of each site before loading it to avoid any possible trouble.
This directory website features a daily updated list of deep web and darknet sites. Like the previous directory, it includes links to sites with illegal and offensive content.
Onion Crate is a large directory with the dark web and deep web sites. Make sure to read the descriptions and note cloned hostname notifications.
This is one of the newer deep and dark web directories. You can search for the needed domains using keywords and key phrases.
Onion Directory is a relatively small directory with deep and dark web links. However, it features categories and allows adding your own links to the list, if you want to.
The Hidden Wiki is the oldest and one of the largest deep web and dark web directories out there. The links available on this site are categorized into sections and have short descriptions.
This deep web directory features over 4 thousand deep web and darknet sites. The links are updated on a daily basis.
TorLinks is basically an alternative to The Hidden Wiki. The only difference here is that TorLinks is moderated.
An extensive dark web directory. In order to use UnderDaug, you will need to register and log in. You can post your sites, too.
Darknet Links is a dark web directory that lets you search for dark web links and deep web NNTP postings.
HSmon is a deep wen and dark web directory that provides links to a wide range of sites on the dark web. Users can submit their own links to the directory.
Some Deep Web Search Engines You Might Want to Check
While deep web and darknet directories are an important thing on the dark web, they’re not enough. People have gotten very used to such Clearnet solutions, as Google and Bing search engines. Well, the deep web has its safe search engines that don’t track users and don’t store data from sessions. These search engines help users to find whatever they need on the deep and dark web.
DuckDuckGo is known on the Clearnet, as well. It is famous for not tracking users and is often used by users that care for their privacy instead of Google. And, as the legend goes, it has become one of the largest search engines on the dark web due to its anonymity features. Moreover, it is the default search engine in the Tor browser.
Torch is basically short for TorSearch. It is the oldest search engine on the dark web. It indexes over 1 billion pages, which is really something for a dark web search engine. It doesn’t track users and it doesn’t censor any sites. You can basically access any type of data available on the deep and dark web using Torch.
Recon was built by Hugbunt3r – one of the notable Dread members, a prominent dark web service. This search engine is basically a deep and dark web market database that can be searched by users for whatever products they need. It also features individual profiles for shops and sellers, including mirror links, uptime percentage, ratings, and the like.
Ahmia is known for its similarity to Google in terms of browsing darknet links in a regular browser! Of course, you would need Tor in order to access them, but you can at least see their description. But the link is still a .onion link. Ahmia also categorizes the links and provides usage statistics. Users note that it’s very simple to use while it provides sophisticated functionality. Moreover, Ahmia makes sure it interface is user-friendly and lets its user add new links to its database.
notEvil is another simple dark web search engine that takes an example from Google. It even seems to have taken its name from Google’s old motto: “don’t be evil.” This search engine provides its users with a wide range of options in terms of search that they can choose from: links, titles, or both of them at the same time.
Candle appeared just a few years ago. Its developers have obviously been drawing inspiration from Google. It not only tries to imitate the user-friendliness and simplicity of that of its Clearnet counterpart, but it also features a large database of indexed websites that grows by the day.
Haystak claims to have over 1.5 billion web pages in its database. This pretty much puts it in the same weight category as other large dark web search engines. However, you should note that most of the links aren’t functioning but it’s not because the site doesn’t care about its users – hardly anything lasts for a long time on the darknet. You can also enable a premium version by ordering it via a contact form available on the site.
Kilo is one of the search engines on the darknet that was particularly designed for this segment of the Internet. The site was launched very recently – just at the end of 2019. This search engine is used by cybercriminals as a platform for finding answers to their shady inquiries, look for various darknet services, and hire the right people to do straight-up illegal things. The only issue with it is that cybercriminals seem to be the target audience of Kilos, so don’t expect to find a lot of stuff non-related to all the suspicious darknet activity.
Whatever you do with these deep web and darknet directories and search engines, don’t ever forget about your privacy and data security. Install a VPN, get the Tor browser, stay low, and don’t post any real information about yourself anywhere. And make sure to not get into any even seemingly illegal activity because you never know when you’re going to get busted.
Go to one of the deep web search engines, such as Torch or Amia, and type in ‘directory.’ The results will include deep and dark web directories.
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