Best Usenet Search Engines 2019

Here are our top 5 USENET search engines followed a list of all USENET search engines as of December 2019. Please note we make a distinction between USENET search engines and NZB sites.

Top USENET Search Sites (List updated December 2019)

# Name Details Rating
1 UsenetServer logo
  • Search USENET quickly
  • Scan & See Content Available
  • NZB and Zip files returned
  • Subscription Required
4 Stars
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2 Binsearch logo
  • NZB file creation
  • SSL website access
  • RSS support
  • 1000 Days of Retention
4 Stars
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3 BiNZB logo
  • 1,995 newsgroups indexed
  • 11 million NZB files indexed
  • Using RIAK - Distributed Database
  • Cloudflare Server Caching
4 Stars
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4 UsenetHub logo
  • Indexing for fast search
  • Mobile responsive search
  • Similar to Easynews
  • Filter Adult Content
4 Stars
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5 NZBFriends logo
  • 1,200 days of retention
  • 8 million NZB files
  • Rapid Search Results
  • 2,000 Groups Available
4 Stars
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In addition to a USENET search engine or an NZB site to find content you will also need a USENET newsreader and USENET provider. See our lists for our top recommended USENET newsreaders and our top recommended USENET Services for 2019


Top USENET Search Sites detail (List updated December 2019)

First Place - UsenetServer

UsenetServer Search Review
Pros
  • Simple and Easy Interface
  • Free Searches: No Limits
Cons
  • Only 850 groups indexed

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Second Place - Binsearch

Binsearch Review
Pros
  • NZB file creation
  • RSS support
Cons
  • Quick Take Downs

Binsearch is free and allows searching of 1000 days of binary USENET data. Binsearch indexes every binary newsgroup however the default search is limited to the top 500 groups.

While they may lack some fancy features such as RSS feeds and a search tag cloud, They do offer very reliable service and quick searches and of course the ability to create NZB files from your search result.

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Third Place - BiNZB

BiNZB Review
Pros
  • 1,995 newsgroups indexed
  • 11 million NZB files
Cons
  • Outdated Content

BiNZB is a search engine for USENET network. BiNZB indexes the most popular newsgroups for newest binary posts making for an easy USENET search.

BiNZB has made some interesting technical choices such as using a distributed database and cloudflare caching for maximizing the responsiveness of their website.

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Fourth Place - UsenetHub

UsenetHub Review
Pros
  • Fast Searches
  • Visual Content Preview
Cons
  • Limited Content
UsenetHub is sponsored by GetNZB. The service doesn’t have very many files added to it yet, but they are adding files on a daily basis and it is a new service, so some flexibility in this regard is merited.

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Fifth Place - NZBFriends

NZBFriends Review
Pros
Cons

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All Usenet Search Sites as of December 2019 ranked

Name Quick Info More Detail
UsenetServer Search Review Status:Open
Price: Free
  • Search USENET quickly
  • Scan & See Content Available
  • NZB and Zip files returned
Binsearch Review Status:Open
Price: Free
  • NZB file creation
  • SSL website access
  • RSS support
BiNZB Review Status:Open
Price: Free
  • 1,995 newsgroups indexed
  • 11 million NZB files indexed
  • Using RIAK - Distributed Database
UsenetHub Review Status:Open
Price: Free
  • Indexing for fast search
  • Mobile responsive search
  • Similar to Easynews
NZBFriends Review Status:Open
Price: Free
  • 1,200 days of retention
  • 8 million NZB files
  • Rapid Search Results
NZBIndex Review Status:Open
Price: Free
  • Tag clouds to help w/ ideas
  • RSS search feature
  • Up to 250 results per page
NZBKing Review Status:Open
Price: Free
  • Fast Searches
  • Sphinx Database Backend
  • OK content
NZBStars Review Status:Dead
Price: Free
  • Dead Site
  • Was a SpotNet Indexing Site
  • Fast Searches
  • Offline
Newzleech Review Status:Dead
Price: Free
  • Simple and Easy Interface
  • Free Searches: No Limits
  • Rapid USENET Search Engine
  • Offline
NZB Club Review Status:Dead
Price: Free
  • Dead site
  • Filter and Sort Searches
  • Only Top 300 Groups Indexed
  • Offline

Some of these USENET search sites are slightly complicated especially if you are not used to USENET and don’t have a techie background. (Remember though USENET does have 2 big advantages: privacy and high speed downloads)

Anyways, if you are interested in USENET but a bit technically intimidated then check out our Best NZB site list as NZB sites tend to be easier to use.

How Do I Use USENET Search Sites?

There is so much data being added every second that searching USENET search to rapidly find what you are looking for can be difficult. We talk a little about how to quickly search USENET in our article there and give you some pointers. USENET search sites can seem a bit intimidating, especially since many USENET search sites are designed for functionality and not for looks. In other words, if you’ve never used anything more complicated than Google, USENET search sites might seem overly complex, but they’re really not.

UsenetServer’s search site is our top rated USENET search site but, since not all of our readers will have a membership to that site, Binsearch, which is free, will also provide an additional example. In this example, we’re going to search for “sports car.”

First, enter the text in the search field, as you would on any other search engine, and hit the “search” button to execute the search.

Usenet Server Search Example

You can see in the screenshot below that the results are a bit different than what you’d expect from a regular search engine. In addition to the title of the file we have the groups, posted by, completion(which determines availability) , date (sooner is typically better) . Note that:

  • The group, a.b.d.f, seems to be one that would have the type of binary you could be looking for. The first part of the group name ( a.b of the text a.b.d.f) stands for alt.binaries
  • The parts of the file are listed, 29, meaning it’s not just a spam listing, which do show up on USENET search engines
  • The date, 163 days, is pretty old, demonstrating why we always list retention times on our USENET provider reviews

Take all of these things together and the listing seems good. To download the NZB, you’d tick the checkbox to the left of the listing–right after the number “1”–and select “Create NZB” from just below the “Results” heading. This will make an NZB file that you can use to download the binary in any of our recommended newsreaders. Hint: Just click on the NZB file and, more likely than not, your computer will know which program to use to download the binary to which it points. Just want a program to do that? We have a list of the best newsreaders; any one of them is a good option.

Still Confused?

NZB sites might be a bit easier for you to use if you’re not quite ready to jump into full-fledged USENET search sites yet. You can use our list of the Best NZB Sites to find out more about them.

If you need more help , you can see our page on How to search USENET, which gives more detailed instructions.

Remember don’t get discouraged. USENET is actually very simple to use. Some of the resources, such as USENET search sites, can seem overly complex, but play around with them for a while and you’ll get the hang of it very quickly. Once you do, you can enjoy better privacy than bit torrents offer, and download speeds that put bittorrent and everything else to shame!

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