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HelloNZB Review

HelloNZB is a Java-based and free (open source) piece of software for binary USENET downloading. Currently, HelloNZB is in version 1.2.4, which has made some significant improvements over its previous versions.

HelloNZB is not to be confused with HellaNZB which is a python Usenet / NZB decoder that has currently only developed on an “as needed basis”

HelloNZB Features

Let’s examine some of the core features this lightweight piece of software offers:

  • Available on several platforms (Windows, Linux, Mac, Solaris, etc) due to its Java-based core
  • Uses NZB files for downloads
  • Multiple simultaneous connections are supported and server authentication is supported as well
  • Drag-and-drop of NZB files into HelloNZB interface is provided
  • Localization – available in many different languages
  • Optional features such as download speed limitation and automatic computer shutdown after all the downloads have been completed
  • no installation is required
  • SSL supported
  • Automatically UnRARs files as they download, saving time
  • Automatically moves files to a directory of your choice
  • Checks password-protected RAR files for the password in the post title


HelloNZBpreferencesThe first time the program is started, the user will encounter the HelloNZB preferences window where all the required server settings should be entered. Further, there are some other options available, such as language settings, behavior while loading NZB files, etc.

It is not required to enter this information immediately, but the user is encouraged to, as the program will not be functional until the basic server and login information is entered. Once this information is provided, the program’s extremely user-friendly interface enables the user to start using it without digging through the instructions. There have been quite a few improvements made to the interface over time, so be sure to get the latest version if you have an older one.

HelloNZB supports SSL, so you can download your NZB files without worrying about anyone intercepting or choking off the speed of your download.



HelloNZB has some great features in it, particularly since the release of 1.2.4. It takes care of UnRARing files for you as they download and that can cut down on a lot of time. It also has consistently been improved as newer versions have been released, which is a very good sign for any project out there.

This is a worthwhile program to check out. The Java-based design means that anyone can use it and it’s free, so it’s definitely worth installing and trying out, at the very least.

Also be sure to check out our list of top Usenet NZB/ Newsreaders for quick recommendations / overviews.

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