NZB Sites

Here are some examples of NZB sites currently working and operational:

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File Description

Filename extension .nzb
Internet media type application/x-nzb
Developed by NewzBin
Latest release 1.1 / November 10, 2009; 3 years ago (2009-11-10)
Type of format Usenet extender
Extended from XML
Open format? yes
Website (dead link)NZB File Specification

NZB is an XML-based file format for retrieving posts from NNTP (Usenet) servers. The format was conceived by the developers of the Usenet Index. NZB is effective when used with search-capable websites. These websites create NZB files out of what is needed to be downloaded. Using this concept, headers would not be downloaded hence the NZB method is quicker and more bandwidth-efficient than traditional methods.

Each Usenet message has a unique identifier called the "Message-ID". When a large file is posted to a Usenet newsgroup, it is usually divided into multiple messages (called segments or parts) each having its own Message-ID. An nzb-capable Usenet client will read all needed Message-IDs from the NZB file, download them and decode the messages back into a binary file (usually using yEnc or Uuencode).

The sites that use 'NZB' files, are not actually hosting any content. They're only hosting a file that has the indexed message-ID's on the USEnet servers. If content stored on the USEnet server is in violation of someone's copyright, serving the notice to have it removed at the source would be a best practice. While the indexing sites may hold a search reference to content on a news server, if content on the server is made unavailable--the links to the copyright works are as well.

File format example

The following is an example of a NZB 1.1 file.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="iso-8859-1" ?>
<!DOCTYPE nzb PUBLIC "-//newzBin//DTD NZB 1.1//EN" "">
<nzb xmlns="">
   <meta type="title">Your File!</meta>
   <meta type="tag">Example</meta>
 <file poster="Joe Bloggs &lt;bloggs@nowhere.example&gt;" date="1071674882" subject="Here's your file!  abc-mr2a.r01 (1/2)">
     <segment bytes="102394" number="1"></segment>
     <segment bytes="4501" number="2"></segment>