The Best NZB Search Engines For 2014

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In A Nutshell

Update: 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).

Overall, the best Usenet provider is Astraweb (see my article The Best Usenet Provider for more details).

The Details

On the Usenet, an NZB file is the equivalent of a torrent file for Bittorrent. It’s a small text file that points to the media you want — for more info see my introduction to the Usenet article.

Here are my recommendations for the best NZB search engines in 2014:

The Best Public NZB Search Engine: Binsearch

If you don’t want to register on a search site, and just want a basic NZB search — try Binsearch.

This free search works well, but it only displays the unsorted parts of a binary file on the Usenet. Here’s how to use it — type your keywords, then select the checkmark next to all the parts of a media file you want. Then press the “Create NZB” button and you’ll be prompted to download the NZB file. You must make sure you select all the parts of the media file, otherwise your NZB will not work.

Personally, I only use Binsearch as a last resort. The search engines listed below make downloading much easier.

The Best Free NZB Engines (That Require Registration)

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:

  • Nzbplanet.net (open registration, search produces good results but comprehensive as the invitation-only NZB.su for example)
  • OZnzb (open registration, excellent search, now requires a email verification & free accounts limited to 5 searches per day)
  • BinNZB indexes about 2.000 newsgroups with 11 million Nzb files. It is updated every 5 minutes with new Nzb files. They run no ads, no registrations, the site is fully free.
  • NZBmegasearch (a stand-alone app – here’s a guide to installing it in the cloud)
  • aBook.ws (indexes audio books)
  • DogNZB (open for registration for short periods every few weeks — not currently open as of April)
  • NZB.su (one of the best indexes, but registration is by invitation only now)
  • NZBHangout (newly open for registration but require invitation code)
  • Nzbfriends.com (seems to be the same as Binsearch)
  • nMatrix (private registration — not currently open)

Other Usenet Tips

Before you can start downloading from the Usenet, you need to pay for Usenet access from a provider. You can expect to pay about $8-$20 per month for access. I recommend Usenetserver for  Usenet access, and these are my other recommended Usenet Providers. I also recommending getting a back-up block account from a provider like Astraweb.

The Best Usenet Client: SABNZDb (free)

You’ll need an application to download all your NZB files. My recommended app is SABnzbd (for Windows, Mac and Linux).

Use a VPN

It’s unlikely that you’ll be spied upon when using the Usenet, but it still a possibility. Using a 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.

Comments

  1. Bishop says

    How can Astraweb be “the best” with terrible rates and connections like this:

    Plan Price Quota Rate Limit Connections

    Unlimited $10/Month Unlimited 10 Mbit/s 20

    Pay-by-Download Plans

    25 GB $10 Once-Off 25 Gigabytes Unlimited 50
    180 GB $25 Once-Off 180 Gigabytes Unlimited 50
    1000 GB $50 Once-Off 1000 Gigabytes Unlimited 50

    Really? Newsdemon is $10 a month, unlimited download, 50 connections.

    • says

      Hardly anyone needs 50 connections, and Newsdemon apparently stretches the truth about their unlimited downloads. I read reports like this about Newsdemon:

      I’ve been seeing enough of this recently that I don’t doubt that Newsdemon is indeed cutting people off who hit an unwritten cap. I’ve been using them for years with no problem but my use is much much lower than yours.

      It’s disappointing that they are doing this after advertising unlimited service with no caps which they apparently have no intent of holding themselves too. Instead they are cutting off users after breaking an unwritten rule, and not being honest with the user about the reason for it. The whole thing is very sleazy and dishonest, and this kind of behavior coupled with that accounting issue that happened a while back where users were having their payment dates moved up a couple days every month, essentially losing days they had paid for, has revealed them to be a company that I can no longer recommend to anyone.

      I’m sure if you read over their TOS they have some clause in there stating they can terminate your account for any reason with or without cause, and since they’ve refunded your money there isn’t much basis to claim you’ve been harmed by their action… it’s just so sleazy.

      The silly thing is they probably could have been honest and just advertised whatever their real cap is and people would still use their service at the lower prices they offer. There was no reason for them to lie.

      • Jerakeen says

        Well, I use Newsdemon and I would definitely class myself as a heavy user and I’ve had no problems with them.

        True, they’re not as fast as someone like Giganews but they’re under half the price.

        • says

          Newsdemon lacks customer support – for example, they couldn’t even respond to my request to test their service. From July 5th:

          Your information has been submitted for further evaluation. You will be notified soon via email

          Then no follow up…

  2. Bill says

    I suspect GingaDADDY.com 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.

  3. Darko says

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

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