The Best Usenet Indexes Of 2014

The Best Usenet Search Engines 2014

In A Nutshell

Before you can download from the Usenet, you need a provider — here are our recommended Usenet Providers for 2014.

If you need a basic NZB search try Binsearch — this public search engine is a easy to access, but basic.

If you need a better organized, more comprehensive NZB search, try a member-only site. These sites tend to come and go, and they often close their public registration.

Here are my recommendations:

  • OZnzb (open registration — quickly becoming the best NZB index out there, now requires a email verification & free accounts limited to 5 searches per day)
  • Nzbplanet.net (open registration, search produces good results but not quite as comprehensive as others)
  • NZB.su (one of the best indexes, but registration is by invitation only now)
  • DogNZB (open for registration for short periods every few weeks — now open May 2nd)
  • NZBmegasearch (a stand-alone app – here’s a guide to installing it in the cloud)
  • aBook.ws (by invite only — indexes audio books)
  • NZBHangout (newly open for registration but require invitation code)
  • Nzbfriends.com (seems to be the same as Binsearch)
  • nMatrix (private registration — not currently open)

A new one with open registration: http://www.nzbhangout.info

The Best Usenet Index Overall

OZnzb is quickly becoming the best NZB index. You may wish to opt for this service since the registration is currently open to everyone. The only catch is that free accounts are limited to 5 searches per day. This limit is removed if you pay $16 per year for VIP access (100 Downloads / 1000 API Calls per day).

Before you can start downloading from Usenet, you need to pay for Usenet access from a provider. You can expect to pay about $10-$20 per month for access. I recommend XLned (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

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. The best VPNs are those have policies that allow P2P transfers on their servers, like Private Internet Access. See all my recommended providers in this post: The Best VPN For P2P.

Comments

  1. says

    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.

    http://sourceforge.net/projects/sabnzbdplus/files/sabnzbdplus/0.7.17/
    Features
    •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

  2. italianbruv says

    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

  3. says

    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

  4. craig says

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

    • says

      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.

  5. says

    Another good indexer with api support and everthing you need:

    nzb.is

    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

  6. says

    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

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