Here are our top 5 USENET search engines followed a list of all USENET search engines as of December 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
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.
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.
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.
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
NZBKing uses a sophisticated pattern-matching algorithm to make it easier to find NZB post that you are interested in.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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!