With HelloNzb you can download (binary) files from Usenet servers via NZB index files. The software is based on Java and can thus run on many platforms (tested on Windows and Linux). Automatic archive verification via PAR2, automatic RAR archive extraction, built-in yEnc- and UU-decoding. Portable, no installation required.


  • Download from Usenet Servers via NZB files
  • Java-based, runs on multiple platforms
  • Built-in web server for remote access (BETA)
  • Automatic archive check via PAR2 and MultiPAR
  • Automatic RAR archive extraction
  • Extract RAR archive while files are being downloaded
  • Built-in yEnc- and UU-decoding
  • Support for parallel downloads from alternative Servers
  • Support for secure connections via SSL
  • Support for multiple connections and server authentication
  • Localization (English, German, Dutch, Turkish, Greek, French)
  • Drag'n'Drop of NZB file(s) into the HelloNzb window
  • Small footprint and portable, no installation required
  • Optional download speed limitation
  • Optional computer shutdown after all downloads have been finished
  • Optional system tray icon in taskbar

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  • Excellent work on this. I never expected to have such a hard time finding a good desktop usenet client when I switched to Linux (I don't like browser-based clients). Very thankful to have this. It works great

  • HelloNZB is free and, though it’s rather simple, it does get the job done. It even has a web server built into it, so you can access the program remotely, if you wish. It has other features built into it that make it surprisingly versatile, considering that it costs nothing and does a lot of what some paid options out there will gladly charge you for.. More detail at usenetreviewz.com/hellonzb-review/

    1 user found this review helpful.
  • Excellent for manual downloading binaries!

  • Small, portable and easy to use. Pity it stores the password in the windows registry in plain text though. Doh!

  • This software is: - easy - light - effective - portable So I rate it 5 stars.

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Dutch, English, Turkish, German

Intended Audience

End Users/Desktop

User Interface

Java Swing

Programming Language