How to edit an .nzb file so that you only download certain parts or files from it.

// 21st Jul '09 How to edit an .nzb file so that you only download certain parts or files from it.

If you're with Newzbin or any other nzb indexing site that provides a way to download a nzb for specific files from a larger nzb file then this guide may not be needed as that will always remain a faster way of doing things. However, if you're stuck with an nzb in which you want to see what it links to, or only download certain files from within it then read on..

Of course, in most cases if you're doing the 2nd option it is much faster to simply add the nzb to your Usenet client and then delete the files you do not want to download from the queue. However, if that is not an option or you simply want to see what the nzb file downloads exactly then here is a step by step guide to view and edit the contents of an nzb without adding any files contained to a download queue.

Step One

Download the nzb file and install NZB Editor

First off, we'll need an nzb file to work with - so grab one from wherever you like and save it to a known location on disk. You will then need to download and install NZB Editor (only available for Windows)

Step Two

Open the file and view/edit away

Click the large "Open" button in the bottom left, navigate to the nzb file you would like to edit and click Open once again. NZB Editor will load the file you selected and show the files it contains pointers too in the left hand window. Simply click on the file you would like to edit (or hit delete to remove it from the nzb) and you can edit all the properties of that file in the right hand pane. You can edit such things as the author, date, subject of the post, the newsgroups the file is posted to and the individual parts of the file along with their "msgids" (message id's - the unique id's applied to each header).

Step Three

If you edited, save the edits by clicking 'save' or 'save as'..

This in itself it fairly self explanatory: if you want to save over the file you opened, hit save; else, click 'save as' to save to a new nzb file. And you're done!

djm posted by djm
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  1. irk
    Posted Nov 17th, 2009 at 10:11 a.m.

    install more software? no thanks I don't want more registry bloat/fragmentation

    A nice, stand alone text editor works perfectly

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  2. Posted Nov 17th, 2009 at 12:11 p.m.

    For you it does, for someone who's going to open up the file in Notepad and not have a clue what to do when they see raw XML, it doesn't. This covers those cases :)

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  3. Posted Apr 6th, 2011 at 20:04 p.m.

    The NZB editor is no longer available at that link. Any idea where one can find it. All the results in Google lead to that same link in some way or another. Or any alternatives?

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  4. jcym
    Posted Dec 13th, 2011 at 17:12 p.m.

    As of 14th Dec 2011 It's available here;

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  5. Posted May 9th, 2011 at 20:05 p.m.

    A wise neuter joins with neither, but uses both as his honest interest leads him.

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  6. Posted May 9th, 2011 at 20:05 p.m.

    Years following years steal something every day, at last they steal us from ourselves away.

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  7. Freon
    Posted Aug 31st, 2011 at 22:08 p.m.

    Too bad this editor is no longer available; the site has been hijacked by malware distributors. I am looking for a way to see the total sizes of binary files in an NZB before deciding which file(s) to download. I can read the XML, but don't want to add up the sizes of the individual parts by hand (duh). Do any newsreaders import NZB files and display the file sizes without starting the downloads automatically? Grabit doesn't seem to have this option.

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  8. jcym
    Posted Dec 13th, 2011 at 17:12 p.m.

    AS of 14th Dec 2011 you shold be able to get it from here;

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