NZBStars Review

Last Updated: Mar 02, 2021

NZBStars is a SpotNet-based NZB indexer known for its variety of files and ease of use. It is free to use and does not require any registration to access.


NZBStars has a good reputation in the Usenet community, mainly for its decent features and easy-to-use interface. They have been around for several years now but in that span of time they have been marked as a dead site before but are now open again for its members and new Usenet users.


NZBStars indexer runs every 5 minutes and while the site does not offer any RSS feeds, they do have API. The number of groups indexed on their system is undisclosed, but upon checking they have an extensive number of NZB files on their site.

Being a SpotNet based indexer allows NZBStars to search Sickbeard and CouchPotato. It is also compatible with SABnzbd and NZBGet. It has a decentralized system, which means files are not stored on only one server. It also has a spam-reporting feature which gives users a better experience by knowing which files to download and which not to.

They do not have any limitations in terms of NZB files, and you can also get unlimited API calls.

Pricing & Payment Methods

NZBStars is completely free to use and does not require any registration. However, you can donate to NZBStars to keep their servers running and you can do this via credit cards or PayPal.


Their website does not provide any information on retention period but upon checking we found files that go back as far as 4 years, which means they have retention of about 1400 days.


As mentioned, NZBStars uses SpotNet as their indexing software. They are essentially a web-based version of that service. Through SpotNet, they allow users to comment on posts in their system.

While newznab is the more popular platform used by NZB sites, the NZBStars site isn’t that different from that of its competitors. It is also easy to navigate with searches that can be filtered, files that are well-categorized and results that can be checked by genre, sender, age and size.

Technical Details

Over a period of a month, NZBStars has had an average uptime of 98% and a response time of 1580 milliseconds. Other technical information on this site is undisclosed.


NZBStars is a decent NZB indexer, especially for its free access and easy-to-use site. But while they are popular to the Usenet community, they also have some shortcomings such as the lack of support information like forums on their site or contact points despite the sizeable community of users they have. Overall, although they have a good interface and decent features, there might be other NZB sites that would provide better service.


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