In A Nutshell
- Our pick for the Best Usenet Client is: SABnzbd (Windows, Mac and Linux)
- On Android, the best client is PowerNZB, see our 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 Subscription
If you don’t have a Usenet subscription yet, see our recommendations in this article.