In short:. NZB search engines, also known as NZB indexes or indexers, primarily come in three varieties: public no registration , open registration required , and invite-only private. Each index varies in its completeness, ease of use, range of filters, speed, and number of searches allowed per day for free users.
Couchpotato and Sickbeard users will need an indexer that offers an API key, which mostly require registration and sometimes a paid account. NZB indexes are used to find files or parts of files on the Usenet and subsequently download them using a newsreader app. Read up on how to set up a provider, indexer, and newsreader app in our tutorial , and check out our reviews of the best Usenet providers.
Some Usenet indexers are private. They are either invite-only, or providers offer their own indexes to subscribers. If you want an all-in-one provider that offers Usenet servers, a newsreader, and a search engine in a single subscription, then we recommend Newshosting. By default, searches are limited to the most popular newsgroups. The index is updated every four hours or less. An advanced search is also available where you can specify if the search should be limited to to the subject and filename or also the body of the file.
You can search specific newsgroups and sort by date, poster, or subject. NFO files can be viewed in browser before downloading. This returns pre-made NZBs that usually contain all the necessary parts of a file. An advanced search allows you to limit the age, size, poster, and groups, and filter out incomplete releases and posts without. Search results have a few advertisements littered among them, but they are obvious and easy to avoid.
Results were returned quickly. The Newzleech home page brings you straight to the search bar without fuss. In the advanced settings, users can specify which newsgroups to search, the age range of posts, and their minimum and maximum size.
They also appeared almost instantly. On the downside, search results are sorted by age by default and cannot be sorted any other way. Better filtering and sorting would be a welcome addition. If you prefer to browse rather than search, look elsewhere.
Newzleech relies solely on a search function. With it, you get 6, daily API calls. NZBStars is a free, registration-optional search index with plenty of categories and filters to help narrow down you search. Categories and sub-categories are laid out in a sidebar, including videos, books, erotica, audio, games, and apps. Filters and sorting parameters include file type, title, genre, number of comments, poster, age, file size, and pre-made NZB.
The search results are color coded by file type to make sifting through results easier. More results are automatically loaded as you scroll down; no need to click through pages of results. Hovering over a result in the list will display a still thumbnail preview. NZB Stars is relatively new and is about three years old as of time of writing. While we found this to be one of the better no-registration indexes out there, the site does use some pretty intrusive advertising, including banners and frequent popups.
The updates come every 30 minutes or so. Retention is 1, days. The developers created their own backend to find matches to your search. The Sphinx Database takes care of indexing. Search is the main avenue to find NZBs.
You can browse the top newsgroups, but that requires a fair bit of knowledge about where to look. Results are returned with the file name, poster, newgroup, and age. NFO files are linked to when available.
NZB King returns search results very quickly. Unfortunately, there are no filters or sorting options, so knowing what to search for and how is really key. There are no thumbnail previews.
We would only recommend NZBFriends as a last resort. It turns up only a fraction of the search results in our tests, and lacks the option to filter out partial files and posts without. You can sort results by size, newsgroup, and age. Notably missing is the option to limit searches to complete collections, which means you might spend a lot of time sifting through parts of files. You can at least limit results to those that include. Registration with an email is required.
Users get five downloads per day and can search files with up to days retention. Nzbplanet search results can be organized by the number of hits and comments. New NZBs listed since the last time you visited a site are highlighted in blue text.
You can view image previews, cover posters, and text from the. VIP users get full retention, unlimited downloads, watchlists, bookmarks, and can make requests. The watchlist is a particularly cool feature for premium users.
If an NZB you want is not available yet, you can add it to your watchlist and it will be sent to a custom RSS feed when available. Free users can download three times per day. Searches can be filtered according to a number of genres and formats, and then sorted by age, grabs, comments, IMDb rating, IGN rating, size, and views. Notably, the advanced search function does not allow users to limit searches by size or age or to only posts that include. You must also click on a search result to view images and. The site does not log what is downloaded, just how much and how often.
This is my go-to index for general Usenet searches. Registration requires a username, password and email, but the real name fields are optional. When search results are returned, users can read the. Free users are limited to five NZB downloads per day.
Users can search by platform and file type, such as a specific game console, audio format, or video quality. An advanced search includes all the typical parameters: poster, age limits, newsgroup, size limits, and. The first is the option under advanced search to only include NZBs with comments. Comments often signal if the file is complete and indicates the quality. Just download the NZB and go. Our biggest complaint about NZB. A search can take up to a couple minutes in some cases, while a good 30 seconds is normal.
Some ads appear on the site. It bumps you up to 2, API hits and downloads per day. Advertisements are displayed. Free users do not get access to screenshots, pre-data, and other premium services. Retention is set at 3, days across all plans. You may search by category, ranging from console games to books to XXX content. You can, however, sort the results by timestamp, size, number of files, and number of comments and grabs. In our brief test searches were successful with newer content but failed to find older NZBs, even if they were within the retention limit.
Users may also browse NZBs rather than search for them. The categories and sub categories are quite extensive. HTTPS is always used.
Comparitech does not condone or encourage any violation of copyright restrictions. Please consider the law, victims, and risks of piracy before downloading copyrighted material without permission. A VPN masks your IP address and location while also adding a second strong layer of encryption so you can browse the Usenet at ease.
Many VPNs are available. Some Usenet providers allow you to bundle a VPN with your subscription for a few dollars more. We recommend a paid service like IPVanish for top quality speed and security. They have a modern UI and lots of obfuscated releases. Really good looking and fast. NZB Tortuga is open for reg, its never closed. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Your Location:. Your Internet Provider:.
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