The Best Usenet Indexes (Updated December 2018)

by Grey One •

Please note that before you can download from the Usenet, you need a provider — these are my recommended Usenet Providers.

Best Free Usenet Search Engines

Binsearch is public Usenet search engine but it’s very basic and difficult to use. Newzleech is another public index, but it hasn’t been updated for a while.

If you need a better organized, more comprehensive NZB search, try a member-only site. These sites generally require an invitation for access, but they are often open for public registration — I list the currently open ones below.

Here are my recommendations:

  • NZBGeek: Currently requires invitation, comprehensive index. Has a Captcha on the login page, but otherwise very good. $12 year year or $30 for VIP lifetime access.
  • NZB.su: Very comprehensive index — registration appears to be open now, $15 per year for VIP access
  • Nzbplanet.net: Open registration. Their search produces good results but limited index, VIP access costs £8 ($10) per year
  • Drunken Slug: This index is said to be good, but I haven’t tested. Registration currently open but probably not for long.
  • NZB Tortuga: Registrations open and close daily. This service is new to me, but it looks pretty good — registration is easy when open.
  • Nzbfriends.com: This public search seems to be the same as Binsearch
  • NZBmegasearch: an open source usenet index – here’s a fairly technical guide to installing it in the cloud

The Best Usenet Indexes Overall

NZB.su is the most comprehensive index I’ve found. The service has reliable over the years. Include well organized media information on downloads. Also nice lists of new and popular downloads.

NZBGeek is a full featured index with many nice features on the website. The results are slightly less extensive than NZB.SU, but useful features overall.

How To Get Usenet Access

Before you can start downloading from Usenet, you need to pay for Usenet access from a provider. You can expect to pay about $10-$15 per month for access. See my article The Best Usenet Provider for more details.

The Best Usenet Client: SABNZDb

You’ll need an application to download all your files. My recommended app is SABnzbd (for Windows, Mac and Linux). If you download a lot, consider saving files directly to an external hard drive.

Use a VPN For Privacy

It’s unlikely that you’ll be spied upon when using the Usenet, but it is still a possibility. Using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a straightforward way to conceal your IP address, and ensure your privacy.

You want a VPN that allows P2P transfers on their servers, like ExpressVPN or Private Internet Access.

See all my recommended providers in this post: The Best VPN For P2P.

Comments 66

  1. Hiya, I am really glad I have found this info. Nowadays bloggers publish just about gossips and internet and this is actually irritating. A good site with interesting content, this is what I need. Thank you for keeping this web site, I’ll be visiting it. Do you do newsletters? Can not find it

  2. The indexer with the most modern UI is probably nzbwolf.com

    It has all the obfuscated usenet content for movies and tv shows you need. And their porn section has the best and most complete preview material. I did not find any other site that can compete with their porn section.

  3. I recently found https://nzbhydra.com with a great index and search functionality (only movies, tv and porn). They have a very good preview in their porn section (turn on the image preview settings) – I did not find any other usenet index that offers so many preview for adult scene releases.

    What I personally also like is their default search settings: they show the releases from the last 2 days sorted by number of downloads. So you can check stuff that just came up and is important to other users. Also their search is blazing fast and their UI is totally custom, no newznab script and is good to browse on mobile. Only downside: free accounts cannot download nzb files or use the api.

    1. Agreed Nzbfinder is very well taken care. Any issues I’ve had the op replied fairly quickly and resolved indexer issues and other issues I was having.

  4. Hi there. Could somebody please send me an invite to Abook.ws please? I would really appreciate it as I love listening to audio books. Thanks much in advance.

  5. Check out anonzbs.com also. Free user registration for 3 downloads/day, or $10 for 1 year of unlimited downloads & API calls.

    Speed, simplicity & reliability are the focus. Making is easy to find quality Usenet binaries.

  6. Thank you for providing this information. Is there any chance I could get an invite to abook.ws, please? Thank you very much.

    1. You all should have a look at nzbfinder.ws

      These guys are arond for over 4 years now and operate a smooth operation. They only index HD content and are fast, really fast.

      Thx for the great support and keep up the good work.

  7. I need nzb.su invite. Have waffles.fm invite to trade. Jackturnerinc at hotmail dot com

  8. Thanks for the article! I’ve been looking for an invite to NZB.su for about a year now… 🙁
    Mind tossing out an invite?

    1. Would LOVE an invite to NZB.su Ive got one of the largest Plex servers on the net and would like to expand my downloading capabilities.

      Would be MUCH APPRECIATED!

  9. I am surprised to see nzb.ag not on this list. It has been online in three forms since I joined it a few years back. Very reliable index and admins dont ask for any money at all – no donation no bitcoin nothing, been great. Would recommend it, also it is run by a few of the nn or nzedb guys which is great.

      1. Yeah, we (nzb.ag) have been online in three forms, originally since 2007; opening up beyond a small set of friends in late 2009, switched domains in 2013.

        It went offline briefly, but because overall the remaining indexer(s) weren’t satisfying my need for speed (overall search etc), it came back online in some capacity. I may open it back up for registration; as right now it’s (new infra) being tested by a very small handful of people.

        1. Probably helps to mention there is $0 fee, no donation link, no asks for donations, no limit on API requests. The only ask is to (1) not be an ass (2) dont share your account, considering it’s open to everyone.

          – don’t log IPs

          But we aka the few people who manage it don’t spend time working out new features like sites who charge money. It has one set of goals, stay online, stay indexing, and provide .nzb releases when the crap we want comes out.

          Simple 🙂

  10. Please add NZBFinder.ws to this list as it’s one of the finer indexers out there and has been running for over 2,5 years now.

  11. Are you aware of any apps out there which can help find duplicate movies/shows and then let you select which to delete based on quality, audio capabilities etc?

  12. It was my understanding that a usenet server would hide your IP. Is an additional VPN still needed?

    1. Using a VPN with a Usenet is mostly unecessary. Basically, if you use secure connections to Usenet server, the only thing that your ISP can see is that you are making a secure connection to a Usenet provider. A VPN will mask this secure connection.

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  14. Why NZBgeek is not in the list.. it is far more superior nzbsite among others..
    it is community based with friendly people in it. also great support through chat system or forums..
    it is fast.. especially their new feature geekseek. you can use this feature for auto send to ur sab or nzbget without using sick beard or cp anymore to manage things..

    it has filtered from password or fake…
    it has request section.. which is awesome.

    give it a try and if you registered don’t hesitate to pm me (phenom) for referral.

    1. The provider gives you access to Usenet, you get access all the messages and binaries.

      An indexer allows you to search via keywords, for media or messages on the Usenet.

      A Usenet client is the application that allows you download the media.

  15. PirateNZB – Now Open for Registration
    Visit PirateNZB
    Free User account limited to 10 downloads per day and no API access
    Automatated VIP upgrade for £5 GBP per year
    Enforced SSL
    1500 days backfill and indexing 192 groups
    Previews TV, Movies, XXX and Audio for VIP members
    VIP members allowed 1000 downloads per day and 5000 API hits
    Fake and Passworded releases automatically removed
    16 CPU Cores and over 24GB of RAM used to index Usenet

  16. Another good indexer with api support and everthing you need:


    Top Highlights:
    – api compatible with sabnzbd, nzbdrone, sick, cp and similar
    – respecting privacy: no tracking at all, no ads, no logs
    – updating at least every 15 minutes
    – movies, tv and xxx backfilled up to 1.5 years
    – predb infos, movie screenshots and lots of useful functions

  17. Where can i find scene releases like this SunnyHill-1st_Album_Part.A_Sunny_Blues-WEB-KR-2014-LEV

    1. You’re right, it recently went invite only. However, it’s fairly easy to get in. You can just drop by the chat, read the topic and politely ask for an invitation. Another way is /r/usenetinvites on reddit.

  18. cant belive jttp://nzbplanet.net is not up there, its probibley better than 99% of those above sites?

  19. Hey stay in there ,I think NZBS.org in july 1 2014 is best then Dog and nab.su are tied and are the best but they dont make magic ,they get you better and faster NZBs sometimes but they all do the same but spome are better stick with it and oznzb too ,try reddit a friend got all the ones I mentioned and there are other good sites ,sites cant get too big or they wont exist at all

  20. ive been using nzbplanet.net for over a year now since nzbmatrix went down,i found them loads better than other indexers currently out there

  21. the new version of SABnzbd has just been released and now supports full integration into OZnzb.com ratings and reporting system. Once enabled you can rate all releases downloaded from OZnzb.com and post comments and/or report any problems all directly from inside of SAB. There is also an option to automatically report problems with releases like passworded/encrypted, out of server retention and missing blocks.

    •Upgrade embedded unrar to 5.01 and (partially) support RAR5 format
    •Support for more meta-data in NZB files (to be used in TV Sort)
    •Optional integration with the OZnzb indexer, allows user access to ratings and reporting > * directly from SABnzbd interface.
    •Optional automatic feedback to OZnzb on failed downloads
    •Commandline option –pidfile to set your own PID-file name/path (Unix and OSX)
    •Basic support for X-DNZB-Failure and X-DNZB-Details headers, sent by some indexers
    •Support rate-limiting by (a number of) indexers
    •Special option “warn_dupl_jobs” to suppress/enable warnings for duplicate jobs
    •Special option “flat_unpack” to ignore folders inside archives

    Bug fixes
    •Fix false encryption alarms for some posts
    •Fix issue with OSX Mavericks Notification Center support
    •Fix issues with passwords embedded in file names
    •Support UNC paths in Sort expressions (Windows)
    •Add password entry boxes in smpl and Classic skins
    •Prevent unwanted change of queue order after editing job details
    •Allow Default category to be picked in Multi-Ops

          1. Would you still have an NZB.su invite left? Still looking for one 🙁 want to start with this too. (finalangeljp (at) hotmail.com)

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