When it comes to NZB sites, the times have changed quite a bit since the days of using Newzbin and NZBMatrix. Back then users relied on popular NZB sites to manually pull NZB files. Today the process is far more automated. You simply set up a client like SABnzbd or NZBGet to connect to your favorite NZB site via API to pull your favorite content.
The best NZB sites integrate with SABnzbd, Sonarr, Sickbeard, CouchPotato, etc. and give you plenty of API calls. You will notice that most the sites use Newznab. What does that mean? It has to do with the code behind the scenes. The most popular platforms include Newznab and nZEDb. You will also see a few custom interfaces and Vbulletin sites. We considered the popularity of the site (Alexa ranking), free limits, cost, and VIP API calls to determine the best NZB sites. Regardless of which site you choose, you will still need a Usenet provider to download the content referenced in the NZB file. We use Newshosting and recommend the service to everyone looking for fast, reliable Usenet access.
Best NZB Sites – Updated August 2017
|Rank||NZB Site||Interface||Register||Free||Year||Lifetime||VIP API|
Reviews of the Best NZB Sites
1. Nzbplanet offers direct and API access to 1.3 million NZBs
Nzbplanet (nzbplanet.net) has nearly 107,000 members which is a testament to the quality of the site and the community around it. Members have access to 1.3 millions NZBs across 2,500 days of binary retention. Features include watchlists and a calendar page that tracks upcoming releases. You can sign up for a free account which gives you ad-supported access to the site and up to 5 NZB downloads a day. We recommend upgrading to VIP for a donation of £6 a year or £50 for life. This take away the limits and gives you 5k to 20k API hits.
2. NZBgeek members get API key for Sonarr, Sickbeard, SABnzbd, CouchPotato, etc
NZBgeek (nzbgeek.info) has a very friendly community of users and stands out as a place to hang out and get the most out of Usenet. The website is currently open to new members. You can register for a free account to get acquainted with the site. We recommend upgrading to Very Important Geek (VIG) as soon as you’re ready. The VIG status costs $12 a year and is well worth the donation. Not only will you get access to the VIG forums, but you will also have unlimited API access within your favorite Usenet tools.
3. Usenet Crawler was fully updated in 2017 for a fast, reliable Usenet experience.
Usenet Crawler (usenet-crawler.com) has had its ups and downs in terms of reliability. We’re happy to share that the hosting environment was fully updated in the summer of 2017. The site is no longer using virtual servers. In June it was announced that the site was running smooth and had enough extra resources to triple the user base. That should give Usenet Crawler members a nice boost as the site is performing very well. Free users get 5k API calls and 1k NZB downloads a day with just a few non-intrusive ads. We recommend upgrading to BFF (VIP) status which gives you 50k API calls and 5k NZB downloads a day. That’s five times the amount of regular users. They ask for a $20 donation to upgrade but you can select an amount between $10 and $50. The benefits of the BFF account are the same regardless of how much you choose to donate. Usenet Crawler keeps all the releases and keeps up with the retention of top Usenet providers which is well over 8 years of binaries.
4. DOGnzb is more expensive at $20 a year but the quality of the site makes it a top pick.
DOGnzb (dognzb.cr) became one of the best known NZB sites after the days of Newzbin and NZBMatrix. The site is still very popular but lost some fans when they decided not to honor lifetime accounts for members who previously paid with the expectation of lifelong VIP access. The site also closes to new users at times but we’ve noticed more open registration periods. When you register an account with DOGnzb it will give you access to the website and up to 50 API calls a day. You will need to upgrade to VIP to continue using the service. VIP members get 5k API calls a day and other premium features for $20 a year, $50 for three years, or $75 for five years. You also pay an extra $10 to the third party payment processor which also includes the cost of a t-shirt.
5. GingaDaddy stands out as one of the only NZB sites to offer VIP members unlimited API calls
GingaDaddy (gingadaddy.com) gives user access to over 900k NZBs plus another 160k VIP NZBs. Free accounts are very limited, but for $15 to $17 a year you can gain VIP access. The exact price depends on whether you pay with cred card ($15), Bitcoin ($16), or Paypal ($17). Members with VIP status can use the API key in Sickbeard, CouchPotato, and Sonarr. Support for Couch Potato is coming soon. As you might expect, paid users also have access to a VIP forum and ad-free use of the site. Register for a free account to learn more about GingaDaddy.
The second option is to use a Usenet search engine. As the name suggests, these are more like Google but they specifically search newsgroups. They are constantly indexing Usenet groups for the latest content. All of the sites listed below are open to new users without registration and free to use.
Best Free Usenet Search Engines
|Rank||NZB Site||Retention||Newsgroups||SSL||Adv Search|
Reviews of the Best Free Usenet Search Engines
1. Binsearch provides advanced search features and fast results. You can browse specific newsgroups.
Binsearch (binsearch.info) is our favorite Usenet search engine and the site we’ve turned to first over the years. The only limitation is the maximum age of post. Binsearch lets you search 1,100 days of binary retention. If the content you seek was posted in the last three years then you’re all set. If not you might want to check out some premium options. Visit the Binsearch site and enter a query for a simple search. You can also click on the advanced search link to set the age of post, sort order, file size, and even a specific newsgroup. You can also use the site to manually browse hundreds of newsgroups.
2. NZBFriends let’s you search 1,200+ days of retention across 2,000+ newsgroups.
NZBFriends (nzbfriends.com) will give you access to an extra 100 days of retention over Binsearch. You can search over 1,200 days of binary retention across 2,000+ newsgroups using the site. NZBFriends has indexed over 5 PB of data which gives you access to 7.5 million NZB files. You can connect to the site using SSL but we always recommend a VPN to protect your online privacy. The NZBFriends homepage is well designed. Immediately select among a list of popular keywords and view recently uploaded posts. You can also view the 20 most popular newsgroups and browse through them.
3. NZBIndex is a Dutch search engine with access to 700 days of binary retention.
NZBIndex (nzbindex.nl) is a Dutch search engine with the slogan “we index, you search” and that’s exactly what the site is designed to accomplish. The retention is a bit lower than the other sites in our list. You can search up to 700 days of binary retention across nearly 900 groups. The site has indexed over 28 PB of data. This gives users access to 690 million files in 91 million collections. Retention is higher when you browse some individual newsgroups. We saw several groups with over 1,700 days of posts.
Along with free Usenet search engines, there are a few premium options that give you access to more retention. There are other advantages to using any of the newsreaders listed below. You can search for content, preview, and download from within the client. In the case of Easynews, you can do all three without leaving your web browser.
Best Premium Usenet Search Engines
Reviews of the Best Premium Usenet Search Engines
1. The Newshosting client let’s you search, preview, and download all from one place.
Newshosting (newshosting.com) is the top ranked Usenet provider on our site. A big part of the reason is their popular newsreader. The Newshosting Usenet browser gives you full access to newsgroups. This includes the ability to search for content, preview, and download. All from within the software interface. The built-in search engine will help you find the best that Usenet has to offer. It will also auto repair and extract your downloads. Enjoy all these benefits along with unlimited Usenet and VPN access from just $8.33 a month.
2. TweakNews members have access to UsenetWire with built-in Usenet search engine.
TweakNews (tweaknews.eu) is a Dutch Usenet provider that offers a full package of Usenet and zero-log VPN service from just €7.50 a month. One of the best features is called UsenetWire and is a custom newsreader for TweakNews users. It’s similar in usage to the Newshosting client. The software will connect you to servers in the Netherlands to download from Usenet. Those outside Europe may see a little slow down but the service offers very high completion. Search, preview, and download your favorite Usenet content.
3. Easynews has a web interface. Find, preview, and download newsgroup content in your web browser.
Easynews (easynews.com) is unique in the Usenet industry as they are the only provider to offer a full-featured web interface. It includes all the features that you will find in most newsreaders. This includes the ability to search for content, preview, and download from your favorite newsgroups. You can let Easynews do all the work for you. This is especially good for those new to Usenet. Easynews plans include a specific amount of usage which ranges from 20 GB up to 150 GB of downloads through the web interface each month.
Want more options? Here’s a full list of NZB sites sorted by Alexa ranking.
|NZB Site||Alexa||Interface||Register||Free||Year||Lifetime||VIP API|
|Usenet Crawler||41,000||Newznab||Invite||5k API||$10-$50||50k|
|NZBMovieSeeker||201,000||Custom||Open||3 NZBs||€ 10||none|
|NZB Finder||205,000||nZEDb||Open||5 NZBs||€10-€35||5k-unl|
|The Hive||272,000||Vbulletin||Open||1 NZB|
|Newz Complex||298,000||Newznab||Invite||15 NZBs||$60||1k|
|Tabula Rosa||1,359,000||NNTmux||Open||10 NZBs||$10-$20||2k-5k|
|Town Indexer||2,646,000||nZEDb||Invite||€ 249|