List of Usenet Indexing Websites

Martin Brinkmann
Jun 10, 2007
Updated • Jul 20, 2013

There are two possibilities to download binaries from the Usenet. The first one is the most common one. You download the headers of a newsgroup that you are interested in and select the files that you want to download. All of this is done in your newsclient. This method has some serious disadvantages though: you may not search through several newsgroups at once for instance or search for files in a large list of groups.

Usenet indexing sites try to aid users by offering a way to search the contents of many newsgroups at once. They index new posts that appear in the observed groups and offer web interfaces that users can use to search for files.

Most of these indexing sites support the nzb format which has all the information about the files that you want to download. If your newsreader supports nzb you simply double-click the file and all information about the files are automatically added to your download queue.

I know of some users who only work with nzb files and do not download headers anymore. We also have to distinguish between public, private and pay indexing services. While I wont talk about the private services at all I would like to point out that they are usually forums where users share their finds and uploads.

binsearch usenet indexing

A short explanation of the terms "automatic content" and "user content". Automatic content means that all new posts are indexed and can be searched on the site while user content means that users report new files and only those are added to the database.

Working Usenet Indexing Sites

  • (free, automatic content) - probably the best service. Keeps records of more than 6500 groups for 120 days. Advanced search options and the ability to download everything that you like as a nzb. My recommendation.
  • NZB Index is another working Usenet indexing service  that you can use to find files that have been posted on there.
  • NZBid - Seems to use a similar script as Usenet Crawler. Sorts uploads automatically into categories.
  • NZB RSS - Concentrates on TV shows only. You can find shows by name or display the most popular or latest listings instead.
  • Usenet Crawler - The site indexes items based on type. You can browse movies, TV series, books and other categories here, with some even displaying covers for the items found.
  • Yabsearch (free, automatic content) - indexing posts for roughly 100 days. Allows the generation of nzb files.

Non-working, down or retired indexers

  • - indexes more than 2700 popular newsgroups for 45 days. NZB's can be generated as well. Great but Binsearch is better.
  • Mysterbin is a new indexer that works just like Binsearch. You can run regular and advanced searches, as well as browse the top 250 groups right on the page. It is also offering some interesting information about these, like the total indexed size of these groups, or the number of collections they contain.
  • - one of the oldest indexing sites on the Internet. You may take a look at the releases but you can't see the filenames nor download nzb's without paying for the service.
  • Ngindex  - Ngindex has a great interface, probably the best with many information about the newsgroups that they index. Offers nfo previews and more but is unfortunately a paysite.
  • - a user driven website in German with an excellent active community. Lots of nzb files are posted everyday. Mainly interested for German speaking folks.
  • Nzbrus - I can't really say much about the site because I did not register at it. Just wanted to make sure it is mentioned here.

There is also a program called NZB Leecher which lets you search several of the mentioned websites and create nzb's automatically from the results.

Update: Many of the Usenet indexing services are not available anymore as you can see when you look at the list above. Only Binsearch is still alive and kicking, with every other service either having turned into a paysite, invite only, or taken down completely. We have found some alternatives and have divided the list into working and non-working sites now.

The list contains only free sites that you do not have to register at or pay for to gain access.


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  1. ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Doesn’t Windows 8 know that www. or http:// are passe ?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on August 4, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      Well it is a bit difficulty to distinguish between domains and files for instance.

    2. Leonidas Burton said on September 4, 2023 at 4:51 am

      I know a service made by google that is similar to Google bookmarks.

  2. VioletMoon said on August 16, 2023 at 5:26 pm

    @Ashwin–Thankful you delighted my comment; who knows how many “gamers” would have disagreed!

  3. Karl said on August 17, 2023 at 10:36 pm


    The comments section under this very article (3 comments) is identical to the comments section found under the following article:

    Not sure what the issue is, but have seen this issue under some other articles recently but did not report it back then.

  4. Anonymous said on August 25, 2023 at 11:44 am

    Omg a badge!!!
    Some tangible reward lmao.

    It sucks that redditors are going to love the fuck out of it too.

  5. Scroogled said on August 25, 2023 at 10:57 pm

    With the cloud, there is no such thing as unlimited storage or privacy. Stop relying on these tech scums. Purchase your own hardware and develop your own solutions.

    1. lollmaoeven said on August 27, 2023 at 6:24 am

      This is a certified reddit cringe moment. Hilarious how the article’s author tries to dress it up like it’s anything more than a png for doing the reddit corporation’s moderation work for free (or for bribes from companies and political groups)

  6. El Duderino said on August 25, 2023 at 11:14 pm

    Almost al unlmited services have a real limit.

    And this comment is written on the dropbox article from August 25, 2023.

  7. John G. said on August 26, 2023 at 1:29 am

    First comment > @ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    For the God’s sake, fix the comments soon please! :[

  8. Kalmly said on August 26, 2023 at 4:42 pm

    Yes. Please. Fix the comments.

  9. Kim Schmidt said on September 3, 2023 at 3:42 pm

    With Google Chrome, it’s only been 1,500 for some time now.

    Anyone who wants to force me in such a way into buying something that I can get elsewhere for free will certainly never see a single dime from my side. I don’t even know how stupid their marketing department is to impose these limits on users instead of offering a valuable product to the paying faction. But they don’t. Even if you pay, you get something that is also available for free elsewhere.

    The algorithm has also become less and less savvy in terms of e.g. English/German translations. It used to be that the bot could sort of sense what you were trying to say and put it into different colloquialisms, which was even fun because it was like, “I know what you’re trying to say here, how about…” Now it’s in parts too stupid to translate the simplest sentences correctly, and the suggestions it makes are at times as moronic as those made by Google Translations.

    If this is a deep-learning AI that learns from users’ translations and the phrases they choose most often – which, by the way, is a valuable, moneys worthwhile contribution of every free user to this project: They invest their time and texts, thereby providing the necessary data for the AI to do the thing as nicely as they brag about it in the first place – alas, the more unprofessional users discovered the translator, the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, the greater the aggregate of linguistically illiterate users has become, and the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, as it now learns the drivel of every Tom, Dick and Harry out there, which is why I now get their Mickey Mouse language as suggestions: the inane language of people who can barely spell the alphabet, it seems.

    And as a thank you for our time and effort in helping them and their AI learn, they’ve lowered the limit from what was once 5,000 to now 1,500…? A big “fuck off” from here for that! Not a brass farthing from me for this attitude and behaviour, not in a hundred years.

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