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The Best NZB Search Engines For 2016

by Grey One •

Best NZB Search

In A Nutshell

  • NZB.is is open for public registration. This is currently my top recommended NZB search engine.
  • Update June 2016: I’m taking another look at NZBPlanet which has open registration. This provider appears to have improved their index.

I  still use NZB.su search engine, but it is by invitation only now.

My recommended provider is Usenetserver (speedy, reliable, good retention) — see my article The Best Usenet Providers for more details.

The Details

On the Usenet, an NZB file is the equivalent of a torrent file for Bittorrent. It’s a small text file that points to the media you want — for more info see my introduction to the Usenet article.

Here are my recommendations for the best NZB search engines in 2016:

The Best Public NZB Search Engine: Binsearch

If you don’t want to register on a search site, and just want a basic NZB search — try Binsearch.

This free search works well, but it only displays the unsorted parts of a binary file on the Usenet. Here’s how to use it — type your keywords, then select the checkmark next to all the parts of a media file you want. Then press the “Create NZB” button and you’ll be prompted to download the NZB file. You must make sure you select all the parts of the media file, otherwise your NZB will not work.

Personally, I only use Binsearch as a backup search. The search engines listed below make downloading much easier.

Here are some similar raw indexes: NZBIndex.NL or NZBClub

The Best Free NZB Engines

If you need a better organized, more comprehensive NZB search, try a member-only site. These sites tend to come and go, and they often close their public registrations.

Here are my recommendations:


  • NZB.is: Open registration. Has fully featured index.
  • NZBPlanet: Open registration, seems to be very comprehensive now. The main limitation is that you can only download 10 NZBs a day. With a premium (VIP) membership you can download unlimited NZBs along with API key and VIP only forum access.
  • OZnzb: Open registration. Good index but has an annoying captcha & free accounts limited to 5 searches per day.
  • NZB.su: Comprehensive index (I use this one) — but registration is by invitation only now.
  • DogNZB (open for registration for short periods every few weeks — now open May 2nd)
  • NZBmegasearch (a stand-alone app – here’s a guide to installing it in the cloud)
  • aBook.ws (by invite only — indexes audio books)
  • NZBHangout (newly open for registration but require invitation code)
  • Nzbfriends.com (seems to be the same as Binsearch)

Other Usenet Tips

Before you can start downloading from the Usenet, you need to pay for Usenet access from a provider. You can expect to pay about $8-$20 per month for access. I recommend Usenetserver for  Usenet access, and these are my other recommended Usenet Providers.

The Best Usenet Client: SABNZDb (free)

You’ll need an application to download all your NZB files. My recommended app is SABnzbd (for Windows, Mac and Linux).

Use a VPN

It’s unlikely that you’ll be spied upon when using the Usenet, but it still a possibility. Using a VPN is a straightforward way to conceal your IP address, and ensure your privacy. The best VPNs are those have policies that allow P2P transfers on their servers, like ExpressVPN.

Comments 56

  1. Ty

    Would it be possible to get an invite to abook.ws, please? I love listening to audiobooks. Thank you.

  2. y3kbugsy

    Hello,

    Just like anybody else here 🙂 I really would like to have an invite if possible for NZB.su. I’m using binsearch for a while and http://www.place2home.net (which is a Dutch site) and I really curious about NZB.su.

    Not to suck up (that is not me) but i did found you article interesting. Thank you for taking the time for writing it.

    1. rsdno

      I dont know where the invitations are to get you one or Dognzb or NZB.su please dont do harm like using ID thats not yours tell me what you want its just that Newsgroups were all we had before Windows 95

  3. Zee

    Dear Webmaster. Thanks for the wonderful article. I am new to usenet myself and your articles really help a lot. May I also ask of you an invite to nzb.su? please? Thanking you in advance.

  4. Redusenet

    Dear Webmaster,

    I found your website where you list different Usenet forums for users who are searching for .nzb files. We run a Usenet forum Redusenet.com where users can get only good and verified Nzb files that will be checked manually by our moderators. The forum is absolutely free, will be updated daily and is available after a free registration. We concentrate now on movies, but plan to add games, e-books and software very soon.

    Your URL: https://greycoder.com/best-usenet-indexes/

    And here you can see few screenshots of the forum from inside:

    http://i.imgur.com/9QwNUiz.jpg
    http://i.imgur.com/E0xwt3M.jpg

    Sincerely
    Redusenet

  5. Mike

    Thanks for all the info and great links! Hate to bother but can you toss an invite to nzb.su this way?

    Cheers

  6. Mark

    Thank you for the great article.
    Having used nzbindex.nl for a few years, I recently signed up to NZB.is but interested to see what NZB.su is like. Would it be possible to send me an invite?

    Thanks in advance.

    Mark.

  7. Vins

    Thanks for this great piece of information.

    Is there still a chance to receive an NZB.su invite from you?

    Greetings
    vins

  8. Anthony

    Great Article my search engines have been getting worse. Would love an invite if there are any available. Thanks!

  9. Rob

    Hey great info and NZB.su sounds like a winner as most of the others i use dont cut the mustard.

    Is it possible to get an invite, im very active downloading NZB’s almost daily.

    Cheers

  10. mkb

    I’ve been searching around on how to get an invitation to http://www.nzb.su, but some I’m new to using usenet vs torrents, it’s proving somewhat discouraging to join. Is there a site (other than reddit) for requesting, queueing for a private site?

    The article was great, and helped make sense of what was confusing before.

  11. mingler

    1) you need to maintain at least two, but more like 3-4 search engines. 1 main, one main backup, and 1-2 “desperate” backups.

    Primarily to deal with DMCAs, but there are plenty of times when old content or content posted on obscure groups that may not be indexed by all search engines (There are between 40,000-50,000 “actively” updated groups, and not all of them are indexed by either search engines or providers) fails to turn up on most search engines

    and yes: if you are really desperate, Google is an alternative.

    2) its 2015, and if you don’t have an account on *ONE* of the spotting/posting forums, you are screwed.

    Not all of them are invite only, though the best mainstream one is currently invite only.

    However, that forum has allocated 5 invites to each of its members.

  12. Nigel

    Use nzbindex.nl. Can’t find a way or a setting to get results older than 1100 days. But the usenet servers have retentions of double this. (Binsearch is even worse this way.)

  13. pete

    I have been using this forum for quite a while to find good download progs the forum needs a log-in name and pass the pass must be longer than 8 letters or numbers, this is maybe why he could not get his password accepted

  14. Darko

    Newz-Complex.org – (open registration, excellent search, now requires a email verification & free accounts limited to 25 searches per day – German Releases only)

  15. Bill

    I suspect GingaDADDY.com is not a real search engine. It seems to be a trap to get your e-mail address. You have to register to use the site. However, the password that you enter will never work. So, they have your e-mail and you have no nzb files.

    1. Morbeous

      Gingadaddy is the best NZB site out there. I have been using it now for 3 years and never had a problem

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