The Best Free Usenet Search and NZB Sites - July 09


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With the invention of the nzb file format by Newzbin - .nzb files have gained torrent like status within the Usenet industry. They allow a user to retrieve specific files from specific groups without first downloading all the headers from within the group. Here are a few sites where you can download the files for free.

If you're not sure what nzb files are yet, we'll be doing an article on how to use them soon. Till then, for all those in the know, here is a compilation of the latest usenet search and nzb sites split into 2 categories: those that require registration and those that do not.

No registration required

Registration Required

Payment Required

There's no doubt there are good free versions around, but for a tiny amount a week with Newzbin you can get a really quality service with lots of added features. Sign up is closed however, so if you get a chance to get an invite in to Newzbin - make sure you jump on it.

If you know any more or indeed better sites, please leave a comment and we'll update this list accordingly (will be posted every few months, so subscribe to our feed/twitter).

Want to try out these NZB sites for free?

You'll need a usenet provider for that, lucky for you the 3 quality providers below are all offering free trials:

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  1. Oscar
    Posted Aug 23rd, 2009 at 14:08 p.m.

    Could add too as it’s close to newzleech.

    And there are also a really big dif­fer­ence in search results.

    I’m using FTD a lot and search by file name. Bin­search really sucks when it comes to search­ing par­tial names. Like when you have releaseCD1.rar/releaseCD2.rar bin­search often fails show­ing both sets even if you only search for “release”.

    also has a good index.

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  2. Posted Aug 23rd, 2009 at 20:08 p.m.

    Thanks Oscar, we’ll be updat­ing the list soon for Septem­ber so your recom­mend­a­tions soon — there’s so many out there now it’s hard to keep track :) We’re plan­ning to be a bit more descript­ive about them next time round — rather than just clump­ing them in to two dif­fer­ent categories.

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  3. Usenet Guy
    Posted Nov 10th, 2009 at 20:11 p.m.

    Newzbin isn't all it is cracked up to be. I just use the free part of my account. Everything on there could be found with free services. Don't bother wasting your time.

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  4. Posted Nov 11th, 2009 at 09:11 a.m.

    Indeed, but you're paying for the ease of use. And at 25p a week or whatever pitiful amount it is, it's well worth it.

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  5. Usenet Guy
    Posted Nov 13th, 2009 at 17:11 p.m.

    @ usenetshack

    "'s well worth it."

    I have found that using a free service like Merlins Portal actually has more releases and are usually posted before they show up on newzbin.

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  6. Posted Nov 13th, 2009 at 18:11 p.m.

    Yup, and it has more retention than Newzbin which only has 200-240 days at the mo.

    It's just the fact that Newzbin is programmed well, it's a custom written bespoke site which is brilliant to use and not piggybacking of some rubbish forum software which makes everything hell to get through. I am severely biased being a programmer myself but if I was going to code an NZB site, it would end up exactly like Newzbin.

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  7. Usenet Guy
    Posted Nov 14th, 2009 at 01:11 a.m.


    Yea their interface is really well done. I would agree with you there. I really think they should go the donation route though and open up the site to everyone.

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  8. Honchoman
    Posted Dec 8th, 2009 at 03:12 a.m.

    Newzbin is great for automating things with it's superb search and rss but it's impressing me less and less as reports take longer, the amount of passworded content appearing and the good content that disappears due to takedowns. Also the totally stale retention. 240days is bad nowadays, and I really hope they upgrade that soon. That will be what kills newzbin for me. Still, it's pretty great and I'm hoping that after the whole court thing is over things will change a bit.

    For free indexing sites I really like and Both return great search results for me, They also have retention over 300days. I end up using nzbindex most because i prefer it's interface.

    I think, in your next post like this you should include some more info about retention and your own findings regarding spam results and partial name searches, etc.

    Btw I love this site. You provide valid info seemingly without bias. Oddly i havn't seen anything so 'good' in regards to usenet before

    Preview comment is broken.

    Thanks, Me

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  9. Posted Dec 8th, 2009 at 12:12 p.m.

    I have to agree with the current state of Newzbin, they seem to currently be stuck between a rock and a hard place and I have noticed lots of reports going "missing". Luckily the raw search is still incredibly powerful. Here's hoping the court case will sort things out once and for all, we'll definitely be covering it.

    This post was meant to be a monthly thing but unfortunately time has evaded us recently, I will be sure to update it soon and stick some extra data in here and there.

    Cheers for the kind words by the way, really makes it worthwhile; I have to say staying thoroughly unbiased is one of the hardest things to do, especially when the bills still have to be paid but we sincerely do our best and will always say if we feel this has been compromised in anyway.

    As for the comment preview, it's working for me, I'm going to test in other browsers later, what error do you receive? Thanks for letting us know, for future things like this I've just added a feedback tab on the left where you can report issues, put in requests etc.

    Cheers honcho.

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  10. Neil
    Posted Dec 19th, 2009 at 14:12 p.m.

    Check out It's not finished yet but it looks like newzbin are about to release there raw and condensed search for free.

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  11. Posted Jun 22nd, 2010 at 17:06 p.m.

    I use It a wicked site.

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  12. Ogies
    Posted Feb 23rd, 2011 at 01:02 a.m.

    Hi, i see that you use I tried to log on but see it is on invite only. If you are still a member, would you mind sending me an invite pls.

    e-mail [email protected]

    Tx in advance Cheers

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  13. Steve Kalbach
    Posted Jul 13th, 2010 at 11:07 a.m.

    Need to update your site. Merlin's has been gone for over a month and today NZBMatrix has also gone done.

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  14. Oscar
    Posted Jul 13th, 2010 at 16:07 p.m.

    Merlins is closed but NZBMatrix is still alive here.

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  15. Posted May 6th, 2011 at 16:05 p.m. lets you generate an RSS feed based on search criteria which you can then load in Sabnzb+ or any other program that supports downloading based on a RSS feed (or just if you want to keep track an manually add the NZB's whenever the RSS feed gets updated)

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  16. Posted Jun 24th, 2011 at 16:06 p.m.

    Personally for me is the best. It has all the functionality and the best feature I like there, is that you can donload files after search directly from with web browser. You don't have to download and store all those NZB files.

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  17. TaylorGift
    Posted Dec 4th, 2011 at 03:12 a.m.

    If you want to sample the delights of usenet for free I suggest you visit

    No CC or crap, just free downloads.

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  18. NZBVote
    Posted Jan 16th, 2012 at 22:01 p.m.

    Hi, I hope you dont mind me posting this? I just thought you may all wish to know about this so you can get in early :)

    I hope you can take the time to register your NZB site on the all new NZBVote site. Don't get left behind others have already registered and are getting ahead on there votes.

    Its very quick and easy to register just click here and add the few details required:

    Thanks and i hope to see you on there soon :)

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