FilesTube functions as a metasearch engine, which allows users to look for files in several search engines and databases simultaneously and view the results on a single page. FilesTube searches for its content on file-sharing and uploading services on which users share music, movies, games, e-books and software. The main FilesTube page lists the latest trending files and provides direct links for downloads.
Red-Sky, a Polish company, launched FilesTube in June 2007. At that time, it had a logo that looked similar to that of YouTube. After its successful launch, Red-Sky altered the logo with a new font and a blue file icon as a background. The search engine is available in several languages, including German, Russian and Chinese, and it searches for files on the most popular file-sharing websites, such as Mega.
Although Red-Sky claims it removes copyrighted material from FilesTube, it only does so on request. For this reason, among legitimate offerings, the search engine provides links that allow users to download pirated movies, games, books and other media. Because it offers a way to share pirated material, courts in Malaysia and the United Kingdom have blocked FilesTube. Although it's free to use FilesTube, some features require a paid account.