The Best Usenet Index 2022

Note On Usenet Access

Before you can download from Usenet, you need a provider. Newsdemon is a reliable option. I list all my recommended providers here.

Best Free Usenet Search Engines

Binsearch is a free public Usenet search engine but it’s quite rudimentary. Nzbfriends is another public search.

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:

  • Very comprehensive index — registration is currently open — free search currently disabled — $15 per year for VIP access
  • NZBFinder: Comprehensive index — registration open — 10€ for VIP access — for 30€ per year you get access to the Spotweb index (a supplemental decentralized Usenet index)
  • NZBGeek: Currently requires invitation, fairly comprehensive index. Sometimes has a Captcha on the login page, but otherwise very good. $12 per year or $40 for VIP lifetime access.
  • Open registration. Their search produces good results but somewhat limited index, VIP access costs £8 ($10) per year or £40 lifetime
  • Drunken Slug: This index is said to be good, but I haven’t tested. Registration currently closed
  • NZBmegasearch: an open source usenet index – here’s a fairly technical guide to installing it in the cloud

Combining Usenet Indexes

You can combine Usenet indexes using the program NZBHydra2 — details here. It’s technical but it can make your search more comprehensive.

An alternative to NZBHydra2 seems to be NZBmegasearch. I have not tested it, but here’s a fairly technical guide to installing it.

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 Private Internet Access.

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

109 thoughts on “The Best Usenet Index 2022”

  1. Usenet Crawler has plenty of great features and offers access to a huge number of NZBs. Combine this with a good provider and you’ll never run out of content to download.

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  4. I use PIA on my media server at home, the only complaint I have is that when it’s connected, Plex is unable to automatically connect to my myPlex account. This prevents me and other people I share my Plex server with from being able to discover it. So basically I have to turn PIA off to be able to access my media server with any remote Plex app.

  5. Thats because a system admin goes to those sites every few days and adds all of the links to the blacklist. they also monitor your history so if most of your web traffic is coming from one domain name they will most likely investigate and block the proxy site.

  6. Awesome Post,

    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.


  7. Quick question, Is it safe to pay using a credit card for indexers and news hosting? or is it better to pay buy bitcoin? when I say safe, well I mean if you have downloaded something from newsgroups like movies, having used your credit card to subscribe to newgroups, will that leave you vurlnable to traced by authorities?

    1. When using Usenet, it’s very unlikely to encounter issues like that. But generally, Bitcoin is the most private payment option.

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