Using Spotnet

Spotnet is a protocol of Usenet, a system where people spot releases. "spots" contain information about uploaded binaries. The Dutch are very fond of Spotnet so you get a lot of Dutch releases on Spotnet. Spotnet is great and a supplemental source of interesting NZBs (music, ebooks, porn, movies, etc). Thanks to the strong community, you can read and reply to comments concerning a certain release. The comments for the content tend to be non-english but the content is mostly in english and categorized in english (at least in the english filter set I use).

How does Spotnet work?

The database is hosted on Usenet. Spotnet uses tree Usenet Newsgroups:

  • header group: The spot is uploaded to
  • comment group: Comments are stored in free.usenet
  • nzb group: For spots the nzb is uploaded to alt.binaries.ftd

To read them, you’ll need a web-based version of that service (Spotweb) or one of the clients (Newsreader) that works with the Spotnet protocol.

Newsreader: The client is also called 'Spotnet'. There are two well known clients in the community. Spotlite and Spotnet 2.0. I prefer Spotnet 2.0 because it works for me a lot beter. All clients are Dutch programs but Spotnet 2.0 has a English language setting. Spotnet 2.0 has a simple interface for displaying the latest spots and associated nzbs. You can also read and reply to comments concerning a certain release.


Spotweb: Spotweb is a web-based version of Spotnet. Spotweb is a Spotnet implementation in PHP. SpotWeb allows searching, filtering, and viewing of the spots and comments. There are a good amount of Spotweb sites: NZBStars has spotweb for free, there's also NZBServer. NZBFinder provides Spotweb with Elite account.



Spotnet as an alternative to NZB indexers?

Spotnet is providing an alternative to usenet indexing websites (Newznab - nZEDB - Forums), and the NZB format in general. Advantages of using Spotnet:

The biggest advantage of using Spotnet: : It is completely free!

Thanks to a strong community Spotnet is one of the biggest Usenet indexer. Quite big in Holland so you get a lot of Dutch releases. But you can use english filter. Most Dutch people do speak English though so a lot of the content is available in English.

Spotnet 2.0 is very easy. It’s probably one of the easiest newsreader, which is very useful for Usenet beginners.

The database is hosted on Usenet. Spotnet is designed to be immune for website-takedowns. No NZB Site closed by its admin.


How do i get started with using spotnet?

The setup is easy and it is not difficult to configure Eweka with Spotnet 2.0. Once you have it set up, you can use it to view spots and to get the content that you want.

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