How to download files from

Martin Brinkmann
Mar 8, 2013
Updated • Jan 30, 2015

So, I have been using the Usenet for a very long time and I have seen services come and go rather regularly in that time.

One service that has been there for a very long time is It is a search engine for files that get posted on the Usenet and while veteran users should not have any problems making use of it, users who never came into contact with newsgroups before may like a short introduction on how to use the service.

While it is not really difficult to use, it is important that you meet all prerequisites to successfully do so.

Lets start with the things you need to use

  • You need access to the Usenet. If you are lucky, your Internet provider provides you with that option either free of charge or as an extra to your monthly subscription. Everyone else needs to subscribe to a service like Giganews for a monthly subscription fee. Plans differ in terms of bandwidth that you get per month and the money you pay for that.
  • You also need a news reader. I have been using the commercial Newsbin software for the last decade or so, but there are free alternatives available as well like Sabnzbd. Both support the loading of so called nzb files which is what we need to use Binsearch.

Binsearch as mentioned earlier is an indexing service. The service itself does not host any files and is in may regards just like Google Search, only that it concentrates all its efforts on the Usenet and not the web as a whole.

You can use the basic search which is good for a quick search, or the advanced search which offers advanced parameters like filtering for specific file sizes or searching only in specific groups instead of a popular selection of groups.

Results are always displayed in the following fashion:

Each item that has been found is listed with its name, poster, group it has been posted in and age. To download one or multiple items, simply select them and click on the create nzb afterwards.

This creates a file that you need to load in to your usenet client. The client will do all the rest, download all files listed in that nzb file and depending on the client, unpack the files on your system as well automatically.

The nzb file contains the information where the files that you have selected can be found on the Usenet, and the client uses those information to download those files directly to the computer.

You can also browse a group using the browse newsgroups feature here which may come in handy if you are not looking for anything in particular. You do however need a good understanding of what gets posted in which newsgroup, as contents differ highly depending on that.

There are two additional options that I'd like to address briefly. You can subscribe to the RSS feed of a group you are interested in to receive information about new items once they get indexed by the usenet indexing service. The second feature is the watchlist which you can use to keep track of items that have not been uploaded completely yet.

That's basically all there is to Binsearch. Are you using this service or another one?

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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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