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The Best Usenet Client Of 2019

by Grey One •

  • My pick for the best Usenet Client is: SABnzbd (Windows, Mac and Linux)
  • On Android, the best client is PowerNZB, see my review here
  • Another popular client is NZBGet, this client is a bit lighter on system resources than SABNZBd.

SABnzbd: Free Usenet Client

SABnzbd is a great downloading application that uses multiple connections for speed. SABnzbd is free and it’s available for Linux, Macs, Windows and NAS Devices. It runs as a mini web server on your computer. Once installed, you can visit the local URL “http://localhost:8080/sabnzbd/” in a web browser to access the application. You can then click on the “Config” button, followed by the “Servers” tab, and enter your Usenet subscription information.The full “Quick Start” instructions for SABnzbd are here.

If you use the Firefox browser, you can get an extension NZB Unity, which makes sending NZB files to SABnzbd easier (a NZB file contains a pointer to files available on Usenet). You can also set SABnzbd to watch a folder, and start downloading when you drop an NZB file into that folder.

If you use Chrome, you can use this plug-in: SABConnect++

Sonarr: Automatic Usenet Downloader

Sonarr (formerly NZBDrone) is an app that will perform daily automated downloads for you. It’s available for Linux, Windows and MacOS. It can also automate torrent downloads.

Get A Reliable Usenet Provider

If you don’t have a Usenet provider, I recommend Newshosting, see my article The Best Usenet Providers for more details.

Comments 21

  1. Those seem like they are not newsreaders, only binpost downloaders.

    I came here looking for a better newsreader for participating in actual discussions.

  2. Hi there. Could somebody please send me an invite to NZB.to please?
    I would really appreciate it as I need high reseluted german content like Blu Ray’s HD and UHD.
    Thanks much in advance.

    1. Forté Agent is still under active development: http://forteinc.com/

      I’ve been using it since the mid-’80s when I ran a usenet node under Xenix with the old netnews shell-script based nntp server and uucp transfer protocol.

    1. Newsleecher is now free to use, but unfortunately it doesn’t have the speed of other clients. I have a gigabit connection and Newsleecher can barely handle 300 Mbit without choking. I use to use Forte Agent long ago and saw that they have a free trial so tried it again. Same thing.*choke* Grabbit is the same. Right now I am using nzbget and get full gigabit speed.

  3. I used SABnzbd for the last two years and was very happy with it’s performance and intuitive interface. I like the API interface for Couchpotato and SickBeard (although I switched to SickRage). I recently started using NZBGet and I’ve been so happy with it that I think I’m going to stick with it. You should check it out.

    1. Just finished installing NZBGet and I am very pleased. Going to be replacing SABnzb immediately. Thanks for the heads-up.

  4. Newsflash Plus has support for both headers and nzb based downloads. Comes with built-in integration for RSS and Searching (based on Newznab) and system integration. Runs both on Windows and Linux.

  5. What is the best Usenet Reader? Paid or Free. Which is the best? I see free readers. Those are definitely not the best. I see Binreader v1.0 recommended. It has not been updated in years. Who cares about free if it is so far behind?

  6. The best usenet client is NewsReactor. It supports NZB and multi-channel download from a server whereas many clients only make 1 or 2 connections.

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