Best Usenet Search Engine Sites


Here are our top 5  USENET search engines followed a list of all USENET search engines as of April 2018. Please note we make a distinction between USENET search engines and NZB sites.

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 2018

Top USENET Search Sites ( List updated  April 2018 )

# Name Details Rating
1UsenetServer Search nzb site
  • Search USENET quickly
  • See if content is available
  • NZB and Zip files returned
  • Subscription Required
4.5 Stars
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Custom
Open
2Binsearch Review nzb site
  • NZB file creation
  • SSL website access
  • RSS support
  • 1000 Days of Retention
4 Stars
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Custom
Open
3Newzleech Review nzb site
  • Simple and Easy Interface
  • Free Searches: No Limits
  • Rapid USENET Search Engine
  • Indexing over 850 groups.
4.5 Stars
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Custom
Open
4NZBIndex Review nzb site
  • Tag clouds to help w/ ideas
  • RSS search feature
  • Up to 250 results per page
  • See Popular Searches
4 Stars
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Custom
Open
5NZBKing Review nzb site
  • Fast Searches
  • Sphinx Database Backend
  • OK content
  • Good Uptime
4 Stars
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Custom
Open

Top 5 Open NZB Sites in Detail


1st place - UsenetServer Search

UsenetServer Search
UsenetServer Search nzb site

Pros

  • NZB and Zip files returned
  • See if content is available

Cons

  • Subscription Required

UsenetServer has significantly improved their Global Search with version 2.0. You are now able to search their entire retention range and may be a bit more convenient than some of the other common ways that people find content on USENET. It gives you an NZB of whatever you find that you want to download.

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2nd place - Binsearch

Binsearch
Binsearch Review nzb site

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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3rd place - Newzleech

Newzleech
Newzleech Review nzb site

Pros

  • Simple and Easy Interface
  • Free Searches: No Limits

Cons

  • Only 850 groups indexed

Newzleech , a popular NZB USENET search engine hosted in Russia, offers free access to over 1500 days of binary Usenet posts. You can search through particular newsgroups or search 850 of them at the same time.

Newzleech returns search results quickly. They offer free searches with no limits and a VIP level: only $6 a year with unlimited NZB downloads and 6,000 API calls daily.

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4th place - NZBIndex

NZBIndex
NZBIndex Review nzb site

Pros

  • RSS search feature
  • Tag Clouds

Cons

  • Quick Takedowns

NZBIndex maintains a database of 1000 days of USENET message headers on average. Popular groups often go up 100 plus days higher.

Using NZBindex enables you to quickly search and create NZB files. NZBIndex is one of the top Usenet search engine presently. And to give you some starting ideas they show commonly searched for terms on their homepage

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5th place - NZBKing

NZBKing
NZBKing Review nzb site

Pros

  • Pattern-matching algorithms
  • Fast Searches

Cons

  • Limited Content

NZBKing uses a sophisticated pattern-matching algorithm to make it easier to find NZB post that you are interested in.

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Working USENET Search Sites as of Apr 2018 sorted by popularity

NameQuick StatsMore Detail
NZBIndex Review Alexa: 99999999
Status:Open
Price: Free
Custom
  • Tag clouds to help w/ ideas
  • RSS search feature
  • Up to 250 results per page
Binsearch Review Alexa: 99999999
Status:Open
Price: Free
Custom
  • NZB file creation
  • SSL website access
  • RSS support
NZBFriends Review Alexa: 99999999
Status:Open
Price: Free
Custom
  • 1,200 days of retention
  • 8 million NZB files
  • Rapid Search Results
NZBStars Review Alexa: 99999999
Status:Open
Price: Free
SpotNet
  • Dead Site
  • Was a SpotNet Indexing Site
  • Fast Searches
UsenetHub Review Alexa: 99999999
Status:Open
Price: Free
Custom / GetNZB
  • Indexing for fast search
  • Mobile responsive search
  • Similar to Easynews
BiNZB Review Alexa: 99999999
Status:Open
Price: Free
Nginx + xslt
  • 1,995 newsgroups indexed
  • 11 million NZB files indexed
  • Using RIAK - Distributed Database
UsenetServer Search Review Alexa: 99999999
Status:Open
Price: Free
Custom
  • Search USENET quickly
  • See if content is available
  • NZB and Zip files returned
NZBKing Review Alexa: 99999999
Status:Open
Price: Free
Custom
  • Fast Searches
  • Sphinx Database Backend
  • OK content
Newzleech Review Alexa: 99999999
Status:Open
Price: Free
Custom
  • Simple and Easy Interface
  • Free Searches: No Limits
  • Rapid USENET Search Engine

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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