Unless you have hundreds of accounts at various private trackers, you’re most likely missing out on the majority of what is being released (leaked) from the scene. Even so, it’s been estimated that 90% of scene releases don’t make it to BitTorrent at any level; whereas IRC, Usenet and even eD2k offer much more variety for those who seek out hard-to-find scene stuff. If you’re looking for something specific, dupecheck and preDB websites contain a wealth of information for the latest 0day and 0sec releases.
What is a Dupecheck site?
A dupecheck (or duplicate checker) is an automated repository of validated scene releases. Some dupecheck sites pull their listings from various private IRC predb (pre database) bots, #addpre channels and other sources. Reputable PreDB sites may go much deeper into the scene, and index releases found through a combination of topsites & nukenets.
What can a Dupecheck / PreDB website do for you?
Typically, most dupecheck sites don’t offer direct downloading, specific links or even torrent files. You’ll need your own sources to find the releases (if you don’t have scene access, private trackers are a good start). The main feature of dupecheck sites is that most will offer .NFO files that accompany each scene release. Not only do you get an official release name (which is extremely helpful for searching), but often a serial number will also be viewable in the NFO for a software title (when applicable) - so viewers can avoid using risky serial/crack sites.
PreDB, Scene & Dupecheck Sites
You’ve probably come across similar lists akin to the one below. FSF has cleaned it up for 2010, and added our own short synopsis for each.
Sept. 23rd, 2010
All sites/services listed below have now been updated.
http://pre.scnsrc.net — Very promising new preDB from SceneSource. Hundreds of daily additions in all release categories. Features include: NFO files (downloadable or viewable), release size & file count, advanced search, video/audio info, .sfv files. Update: ScnSrc now has a new URL for their dupecheck up at http://www.dup3.me.
http://www.sceneforce.com — Excellent site; offers a comprehensive list of more than 3 million entries! Release categories can be browsed (of course), and there’s also a neat feature to view all releases put out by the same scene group (by clicking the group name attached to the end of each release). Tons of other features are also available, especially for those who signup & login at SceneForce.
http://orlydb.com — One of the longest running preDB sites on the ‘net. Lacking extras, there’s no .NFO files - but nukes are clearly outlined as well as file count/rls size.
http://prescene.com — Good indexer of pred releases, whose source comes from a private #addpre channel which is a relay of nukenets & other pre sources. Many of the releases have DDLs (direct-downloading), too!
http://nfohump.com — Not quite as thorough as a preDB, but still formidable. Has NFO files and search links to public trackers and binsearch.info.
http://layer13.ath.cx/?p=pre — Also known as g2×3k’s Pred.Mirrors, they also offer rudimentary torrent races as witnessed in their trace link. Also provides related IRC services @ irc.totalirc.net in channels #pre, #tracers and #tracers.spam.
www.thepiratelog.com — The Pirate Log is a hidden gem for releases - even has torrent and NZB searching for each release. Users who register can apply filters for highlighting specified releases for each filter.
www.doopes.com — Excellent dupecheck site with every category imaginable, with thousands of releases added daily. While there aren’t any NFO files to view, the customized filtering options are top-notch.
www.NFOogle.com — Very cool NFO and release search utility! Pulls results from pre.scnsrc, nfohump, vcdq, doopes, theisonews, etc.
www.predb-scene.com — Cool new predb that contains all the latest announced releases, as well as archived ones. Visitors can search directly or browse by sections (MP3/0DAY/XViD, etc.) and genres (Dance, Comedy) and even by release groups. When available, NFOs are viewable directly onsite, as well as rls nfo (# of files, size). Decent search, too - although only 30 results are shown (with no option to peruse the next 30 results).
http://m2v.ru — Interesting pre database; releases are displayed in a category listing whilst the 10 most recent entries are displayed for each. Also has a nifty RSS feed for each section - handy if you’re waiting on a particular release title (especially for games/console since they have 5 distinct categories).
http://hdrls.com — PreDB for Hi-Def (HD) movies & TV releases. Only the past 30 ‘new’ releases are shown for either category, although their onsite search function is quite thorough.
http://dupe.sabeln.org — This dupecheck has origins all the way back to 2001, perhaps earlier. The database is divided into 4 release categories (sections) although 3 out of 4 are quite outdated without any new releases indexed since 2008/2009. The Console section appears to be the only one kept current.
http://nfodb.com — NFO-file/release database for 0day (appz) only. Has other scene categories but none are kept up-to-date. Also has links to ‘cracks’ for such said releases; use these external link at your own risk.
http://pre.zenet.org — A web mirror of their IRC pre channel. Displays the last 100 releases (about an hour’s worth of data). There are no extras as seen on other preDbs, although there is a functional search feature.
http://exs.no-ip.org — A database of video & TV releases (DVDR, XviD, x264) for extreme sports; including motocross, automotive, ski, surf, skateboarding, etc.)
www.dvdrfixes.com — As the URL suggests; fixes for DVDR releases.
http://www.w0day.org — Newer site, not much activity.
Console / Games Sites:
www.logic-sunrise.com/releases.html — French site with a large list of 11,700+ console-only games releases. Site is a little confusing; users who are looking to browse a console section for known releases must first click on a main menu (ie ‘XBOX 360′ at the top), then click the appropriate Releases link which will appear on the left side.
www.ludibria.com — Console games NFO database with official scene releases only. The site is a little tricky to navigate through to older entries - you’ll need to click on a category and select a date range. By default, categories only show releases for the current month.
www.abgx.net — ABGX’s main goal is to provide NZB files (through their IRC) for the purpose of allowing visitors to download the actual full working games via Usenet - but the site also doubles as a very good source of info for newly-released games. Additional details are included for each title (scene name, pre-patched Y/N, region, etc) - to view these see the game database for each category, ie - X360 Game Database as displayed in the left sidebar). Users can search the database and then generate a command to request the corresponding NZB file through the appropriate IRC channel.
www.pocketheaven.com - DB for handheld releases (NDS, PSP, GameBoy). Site includes some neat extras; including toplists, RSS feeds, and a tools section.
www.xbins.org — XBOX and XBOX360 tools & utility releases only.
http://gbatemp.net — GBA, NDS and Wii releases. TIP: The higher the release number, the more recent the release.
Music / MP3 Sites:
www.mp3kingz.org — MP3 release site with NFOs and official scene release names; has a handy Archives section with calendars and alphabetical listing of release groups. Sister sites include www.0daykingz.org (for 0day, apps, imagesets & other spam) and www.pornkingz.org.
http://nfodb.net.ru — More than 277,000 music releases are indexed. NFO files are both viewable in proper ASCII and downloadable. Can also be found on IRC in rizon.net (channel #nfodb - hotlink here).
www.technorocker.info/tracks/TR/ — Not so much of a release site, but worth mentioning anyways. Albums, webrips & singles for techno, trance, house etc. are available as download links from RapidShare, ZippyShare, etc.
http://nfo.sigsegv.ru/nfo/ — D&B music release site; not a lot of content and hard to browse.
Other / Localized Sites:
- — http://nldupe.net [Dutch] - Indexes video releases (DVDR, MDVDR, Bluray as well as local TV episodes from the Netherlands only).
- — http://www.swenews.info [Swedish] - Very popular Swedish preDB. Also displays the trace (torrent race) times of trackers for each release.
- — http://www.swecheck.net [Swedish] - Contains mostly video content (DVDR & TV releases) but also has some local music/MP3.
- — http://www.nfos.de [German] - Popular Deutsch release database since 2003.
- — http://www.xrel.to [German] - Blog-style layout rather than a traditional Db.
- — http://nfo-base.de [German]
Public IRC Pre Channels & Websites
• Members of a Pre-Channel are notified about new warez/scene releases as they are released. This is of particular benefit to Couriers (Racers) and Release Groups as well as torrent sites interested in uploading Scene Releases for their members as fast as possible.
• Pre-Channels commonly announce when a release is Nuked or UnNuked. (Releases are “Nuked” when a release does not meet Scene Standards).
• Pre-Channels provide a search facility that allows users to find out if a release exists, when it was released, and if it has been nuked. This function may also be used by release groups to avoid dupes (duplicates).
• Pre-Channels are also used for Topsites to measure how fast they received the release, otherwise known as the pretime.
• If a Pre-Bot does not include an elaborate filter to disallow certain words and characters, it can be annoying when defaced with spam.
Looking for a list of public ‘pre’ channels? Try this search:
- Website: http://omgwtfhax.net
- Server: irc.omgwtfhax.net
- Ports: 6660-6669 (non-SSL); 6697, 7000, 9999 (SSL-only)
- Channels: #pre, #pre-spam, #pre-search, #trace, #trace-chat (and a variety of category-specific channels - #pre-games, #pre-movies, #pre-music, etc)
- Hotlink: irc://irc.omgwtfhax.net
- Website: http://www.corrupt-net.org
- Server: irc.corrupt-net.org
- Ports: 6666-6669 & 8067 for standard clients; 6697 & 7000 for SSL enabled.
- Channels: #pre, #Pre.Spam, #Pre.Search (may also have a tracer channel)
- Hotlink: irc://irc.corrupt-net.org
- Website: None
- Server: irc.p2p-net.eu
- Ports: 6666 - 6669 | SSL Port: 6697, 7000
: #pre, #Pre.search, #Pre.spam, #Pre.Nuke, #Tracers, #tr.chat, #Tracers.Spam
- Hotlink: irc://irc.p2p-net.eu
Visitors require voice (+v) in order to use !search and other command (!cmd) functions in certain IRC channels. As far as we can tell, this isn’t free nor automatic.
- Website: None
- Server: irc.pirate-net.info
- Ports: 6667 | SSL: 6697
- Channels: #pre, #pre.spam, #search, #pre.info, #tracers, #tracers-spam
- Hotlink: irc://irc.pirate-net.info
- Website: http://pre.scnsrc.net
- Server: irc.link-net.org
- Ports: 6667 (7000 for SSL)
- Channels: #scnsrc, #ScnSrcPre, #precheck
- Hotlink: irc://irc.link-net.org
- Website: http://www.spidernet.org
- Server: irc.spidernet.org
- Ports: 6667-6669 (non-SSL); 6697 for SSL
- Channels: #pre, #pre-stuff
- Hotlink: irc://irc.spidernet.org/pre
- Server: irc.zenet.org
- Ports: 6667 - 7000 (non-SSL); 6697 for SSL
- Channels: #pre, #prechat
- Hotlink: irc://irc.zenet.org/pre
- Server: irc.p2pirc.org
- Ports: 6667 - 6669 (non-SSL); 7000 & 7001 for SSL
- Channel: #pre
- Hotlink: irc.p2pirc.org:6667/pre
Other IRC Channels:
- #tvrip.se on EFnet
- #dvdr.se on EFnet
- #xvid.se on EFnet
- #console.se on EFnet
- #NFO on EFnet
- #isonews on EFnet
- #vcdquality on EFnet
- #dnbforces on EFnet
- #RiPS.LV on After-All
- #xRel on WiredIRC
- #nfo-base on insiderZ.DE
Dead / Dying / Offline PreDbs:
— Since the middle of April, 2009 - ZeroSec launched their own preDB which is very thorough, and currently lists more than 150K indexed releases from 3,500+ scene groups in just their first 4 months (updated from August 23, 2009). There are no .NFO files to view, but there’s a ‘mouseover’ feature to show the release size and number of files. [**Update**
2010-02-28: Offline permanently. Their PreDb stopped indexing new releases on January 5th, 2010 as the site was falling apart anyways]
http://0daycheck.eastgame.net/0day — Chinese (and English) site that shows (some) current 0day releases. While there are no NFO files to view, the official release names are left intact (with release group), and there are handy links to each software vendor’s website. TIP: Use the ‘quicksearch’ box for title/group searching, and the calendar on the right sidebar to switch between days. [**Update**
2010-09-23: This one used to be much better than it is. At last check, the only way to browse the pres is to use the Categories]
http://0day.ugia.net — Contains 0day rip release information dating back to 2002. Almost all of the releases contain NFO files that are viewable as images or ASCII. Ugia offers RSS feeds for any of your conducted searches, and will keep you informed when new releases become available (in the subscribed feed). Aside from direct searching by release name [Adobe], users can search Ugia in the following format: by date [date:2009-01-06] and release group [group:scotch]. (NOTE: The database is continuously updated, but there’s a lag from days to weeks for current releases to be shown). [**Update**
2010-09-23: Now offline]
http://www.0daynews.net — Lately, we haven’t seen much new here, but they have an impressive collection of releases. There’s no NFO files, plus you’ll need to conduct specific searches for the site to show any relevancy - search results are limited to a maximum of 150. [**Update**
2010-09-23: at last check, this site had no traffic and no releases. Presumed to be abandoned]
www.wrestlingdupe.com — You guessed it: A dupechecker for wrestling, boxing, MMA, UFC. [**Update**
2010-09-23: Site is now offline, but may have moved over to http://wdupe.j0ker.net]
www.mp3-list.net — Excellent site for the latest music releases; literally hundreds of new daily additions. There’s a ‘premium’ option for direct downloading, as well. [**Update**
: Site has now vanished]
http://dupe-hq.info — Amazing dupecheck database! While there are no NFO files displayed here, Dupe-HQ’s main attraction comes in sheer volume with over 1,000 releases added daily. Categories (MP3, XXX, TV, 0Day) are easily browsable, as are the release groups. There’s even an RSS feed - although you’ll never be able to keep up with it at these numbers. [**Update**
www.console-releases.net — Tracks only new game scene releases for Wii and XBOX (360), but done rather well. Each release has a GameFAQs link, an NFO file and an in-game screener. [**Update**
: Site is now offline]
http://d0pe0r.1go.dk — General dupecheck information and database site for dupecheck services - both online and off. Billed as “The most complete dupechecker list on the net”. [**Update**
: Appears offline]
www.presourcedb.com — Very thorough predatabase and nfo search engine. Listings are continuously updated, with specific release info for size of releases, # of files, nuked/not nuked, categories, RG names, & nfo/sfv/m3u links. [**Update**
http://pre.scenedb.org — Has been indexing scene releases dating all the way back to November, 2007. Releases can be sorted & filtered through categories, genres and even by scene group. While NFO files aren’t available for everything, the release size & number of files is also listed next to each entry. [**Update**
2010-09-30: Now offline.]
http://releases.mp3-tunes.nl — Not a whole lot of new stuff being added lately. (Site Offline?)
A lot of nice info in this article. Very informative for helping someone get into the IRC world.
Thanks for mentioning ScnSrc ’s preDB and IRC, we need more people at our IRC
Great article sharky (again… and again ) - I haven’t been using websites for pre/dupe/nuke checking for a long time but the tip about obtaining serials is great, something I hadn’t thought of yet, thanks! There’s definitely some interesting looking new sites for me to check out.
For simply checking if scene releases have occurred or if they have been nuked it’s easiest (and most current I’d assume) to use IRC pre chans
Wow, FSF is the most amazing news site, i’ve found in the last years.
All the Kiddies sit watching lame news on TorrentFreak, haha. Good for us here, more performance…
As always, nice and REALLY interesting article, thx a lot FSF!
Hope your Website will bring us the best news for a LONG LONG time!
very appreciative, already sittin on a few of these but there are a couple i havent heard of
/me high fives
Everyone knows that irc.p2p-net.eu #tracers and #pre are the ones that are relayed to everyone elses, nothing beats irc.p2p-net.eu. the largest, fastest, most accurate, pre channel ever conceived.
lol @ above comment
Anyone got a ICTorrent invite?
Been using EXDesi for a while, pretty good site.
lol @ NB (noob)
anyone remember the site with ??pirate?? in it
thanks for info
I wonder if sometimes isnt better to just look in the topsites for the releases you are looking, let say zerosec (they have NFO and thus validated scenes) instead of the predb and dupecheck sites. I guess the advantage is the number of releases, anyway wich ones are fastest, the scene release blogs or the predb and dupes?
PD: Great article, thanks! (same think as unforgiven)
Pi TASARIM Says:
lol @ above …
Found a prebot for ICQ & Jabber:
just msg the bot with !help to see a full list of avaible commands. working great!
not a dupe site, but ok: http://www.hearsay24.com
for HD releases http://hdrls.com/
Scene Database Says:
I’ve just opened a website listing all releases in livetime (0sec). How can I list it here ?
Thx, keep on doing a great job!
Another very nice and famous site, although it lags a few bugs atm..
This is the original console-news.org site wich has been online since 2001.
you can put on the list this Italian (non English) PreDB ?
is news predb
hi upate http://www.predb-scene.com/
oh yes very good predb
search very good videoinfo nice
oh very nice http://www.predb-scene.com/
nfo sfv videoinfo very number one site predb
Extremely thankful to you have been looking for this for a very long period of time ….and finally extremely thankful to u ….
yes very nice site
Is it down ? I can not access to the site for several days.
not enough funding
does anyone know a PRE dababase Site WITH NFO’s (ASCII-Style and Pic)?
predb-scene.com was great…. but its still down…since weeks.
OrlyDB is great… they have ALL Release listed… but no NFO’s…. hmm
http://layer13.it.cx/?q=&a=search&p=pre is good… but there are NOT all release listed (80%?)
Please anyone help!
@PRE-FAN do you collect nfo files? would share
me to nfo ect.. please contact me
The best site for Scene release game here :
PS: you can Download and Share Links …