The Best NZB Search Engines For Usenet 2020

Binsearch is public Usenet search engine but it’s very basic and difficult to use.

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 sometimes open for public registration.

Here are my recommendations:

  • Very comprehensive index — registration is currently open – $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 an 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 a 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 it. Registration currently closed
  • NZBmegasearch: an open source usenet index – here’s a fairly technical guide to installing it in the cloud

The Best Usenet Indexes Overall 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 another good index with many nice search features. The results are slightly less extensive than NZB.SU, but difference is probably not relevant to most people.

Get Usenet Access

Before you can start downloading from Usenet, you need to pay for Usenet access from a provider.

  • I recommend using a provider like Newshosting (speedy, reliable, servers in US, Netherlands, Germany), $10 per month for 30 connections., includes a VPN

See my article The Best Usenet Provider for more details.

A Solid Downloader: 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.

125 thoughts on “The Best NZB Search Engines For Usenet 2020”

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  2. Looks like another one just bit the dust: NZB.IS is down since Nov-20.
    The German NNTP crackdown a couple of weeks ago seems to have ripple effects worldwide, the binary Usenet is finally being killed for good.
    It was fun while it lasted; enjoyed it for almost THIRTY years!!!

    1. I have not been able to use nzbclub for at least 6 months if notlonger.Now it says coming soon and It worked. I also used but they have gone downhill. I used to find nearly everything but not anymore. I then used binsearch to find what nzbindex not shows anymore.No idea why. But of course now binsearch is not working. Error 502 bad gateway. To me it seems they (anti piracy groups) are winning.

  3. Hi everyone, new to this site.

    I’d appreciate if someone can send me an invite to

    Thanks in advance.

  4. Hello again … just thought I would renew my request for an invite to I would love to be part of the community.
    Thanks for the consideration.


  5. Thanks for taking the time to post this. Last time I used newsgroups, I used Forte Agent newsreader and WinRar over a ISDN connection 🙂

  6. I would appreciate an invite as well would prefer both but either or will work. I have been having a lot of issues with my indexers lately.

  7. hi

    nice artiocles , would it be possible to send me an invite for ?
    i would appriciate it very much

    thank you for your help

    season greetings

  8. Hi Webmaster, Like some of the other comments on here I would be very grateful if there is a spare invite available to I have been using private Torrents with a seedbox for many years, but have recently been encouraged to start using Usenet I have now signed up to Newshosting and SABnzbd, but am struggling to find an good open NZB search index site and as comes so highly recommended but is invite only I would be very happy to get an invite to join if I can. Many thanks

  9. I too use binsearch quite often … as I have a limited # of searches it does very well for me. Today though, 4 Oct’16, am having trouble getting into the site. I will try the last one you recommended, nzbfriends, to see if they can meet my search needs.
    Oh yes, I might as well ask for an invite to as everyone else is. With so many asking I doubt you will have anywhere near enough to satisfy all of us, so in advance of being told no more are available, I will thank you anyway! Nice of you to do any of the requests at all!
    Thanks again,

      1. Hi. I’m new to usenet and NZBs too. Your site really helped a lot on getting started. May I also get an invite too to (

    1. Is it possible to get a invite to webmaster? I have been using Usenet for up to 1yr now, and NZBGeek, and NZBPlanet are just not cutting it. I believe they are losing members, and activity is down on forums. It would be greatly appreciated for invite. Thanks in advance!


  10. Hello,

    Just like anybody else here 🙂 I really would like to have an invite if possible for I’m using binsearch for a while and (which is a Dutch site) and I really curious about

    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. I dont know where the invitations are to get you one or Dognzb or 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

  11. 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 please? Thanking you in advance.

  12. 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 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:

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


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

    Thanks in advance.


  14. Hey great info and 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.


  15. I’ve been searching around on how to get an invitation to, 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.

  16. 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.

  17. Use 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.)

  18. 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

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

  20. I suspect 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. 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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