Urd – Web-based Usenet binary download manager

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Urd (Usenet Resource Downloader) is a Web-based Usenet binary download manager. It stores the newsgroup information in a MySQL database and aggregates the articles into sets of a single download (e.g. one album or movie). The Web interface can be used to search with regular expressions. It uses its own downloading daemon that has support for scheduling downloads and updating databases. URD can also download directly from NZB files and even create NZB files. Further features include custom scripts, multiple languages, a template based Web interface, support for multiple servers, automatic par2 and unrar support, and an intuitive user interface.

What can and can't URD do?


Use spots
Encryption of newsserver connection (TLS & SSLv2)
Automatically highlight interesting sets based on search terms
Automatically downloading of sets based on search term
Multiple newsserver connections
Save searchparameters
Automatic detection of max. newsserver connections
Downloading newsgroup headers (Xover)
Downloading compressed newsgroup headers (Xzver)
Computing sets from individual articles
Importing sets from RSS feeds
Support for multiple users
Schedule periodic newsgroup updates
Download from an NZB file
Download binary as an NZB file
Periodically check if URD is up to date
Preview function to quickly see .jpg / .nfo files in a set
Cross-site Request Forgery (XSRF) protection
Authentication to newsserver
(Smarty) Templates
Multiple languages (EN/NL/DE/FR/SE)
Multiple newsserver support
Multiple styles (Classic/Blues/Silver/Desert)
User defined scripts can be run after a download completes
Upload to newsservers
Read posts in non-alt.binaries newsgroups
Statistics of user activity

Dont's :

Automatic update to newer version
Automatically install new templates

Install urd on ubuntu

Download .deb package from here .Once you have .deb package double click on it to install this package.


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5 Responses

  1. Sam Adams says:

    People still have access to Usenet? I thought all ISPs dropped that about 5 years ago. Kudos to anyone that still has it. It was a very useful tool.

  2. Troy says:

    Still is a very useful tool, you just have to pay a provider like newshosting or another similar company. You can search newsgroups on sites like binsearch.info and create nzb files for download of whatever you searched for

  3. There is a typo here: URD does not support SSLv2 but SSLv3.

  4. dojero says:

    There remains in the repositories an old program called hellanzb. It’s an excellent Usenet downloader and it already does virtually everything that URD is planning to do. Hellanzb can download from an NZB, of course. But once downloaded, it can be set to automatically run par and then unrar files. In other words, give hellanzb a single command and the nzb file and then wait. When it’s finished, you’ll have a finished, ready to use, downloaded file.

    The only problem with hellanzb is that it hasn’t been updated for a few years. It’s therefore nice that URD is hoping to be a current and maintained software package that does what hellanzb does.

    If you keep the hellanzb daemon running, it will automatically detect when you’ve downloaded an NZB file to its queue and begin immediately with the download. It can open up to (at least) 4 channels for the downloads. And it can access more than one Usenet server at a time.

    Hellanzb is in the Ubuntu and Mint repositories.

  5. @dojero It is not planned that URD does all the above, it in fact is already fully capable to do so. It can also download nzbs, automatically run par2 and rar on them and even download subtitles. It also has a directory to where you can upload an NZB. And then URD can do much more. See the list above under “do”.

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