Best Newsgroup Client Software

Below is a quick and easy to understand comparison chart about the various popular Usenet newsreaders.

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Newsreader Details
Newshosting Newsreader Newshosting Newsreader
Newshosting's newsreader comes free with Newshosting's Usenet service and while it's not as advanced as Newsbin. It does the job well and has usenet search built in. It's only $10/month for the bundled Usenet service, newsreader and search. Newshosting's newsreader covers all the basics like unrar, unzip and unpar so you can just search for what you want on Usenet and download it. Highly Recommended
Review of Newshosting Newsreader or Visit Newshosting Newsreader
SABnzbd SABnzbd
Sabnzbd is a web based USENET newsreader and will run on Windows, Mac and Unix(or any platform that supports the Python programming language). By itself Sabnzdb is nothing spectacular but when combined with various other open source projects such as Sickbeard, CouchPotato, etc and other NZB sites such as NZBMatrix,, etc then Sabnzb really comes to life and shines. Sabnzbd is a bit complex but if you stick with it you will be rewarded. Highly Recommended
Review of SABnzbd or Visit SABnzbd
NewsLeecher Newsreader NewsLeecher Newsreader
NewsLeecher newsreader is a windows only USENET newsreader with an excellent UI. Newsleecher is offered as a standalone product or as a part of the new NewsLeecher USENET access service. It comes with search features and works on the Windows platform only.
Review of NewsLeecher Newsreader or Visit NewsLeecher Newsreader
Newsflash Plus Newsflash Plus
Newsflash Plus is a free Usenet newsreader for Windows and Linux only. Newsflash offers fast browsing, full download control, it has several useful tools integrated and an embedded Python engine. On the techy side there is an easy API for beginners to hook into and write their own action scripts to do that special processing.
Review of Newsflash Plus or Visit Newsflash Plus
NZBGet is a cross-platform binary newsgrabber for nzb files, written in C++. It supports client/server mode, automatic par-check/-repair and web-interface. NZBGet requires low system resources and runs great on routers, NAS-devices and media players. Very High Quality USENET Newsreader
Review of NZBGet or Visit NZBGet
Newsbin Newsbin
Newsbin is a  specifically designed for downloading binary files from Usenet. There is a one time charge for lifetime upgrades and they have a free trial. If you are serious about Usenet and you want one of the best newsreaders that is constantly being upgraded then you will like Newsbin. (Windows only. Newsbin is especially useful for watching image thumbnails.) Good Recommendation
Review of Newsbin or Visit Newsbin
Mimo Mimo
Mimo USENET newsreader offers optimized search and newsgroup browsing. Mimo is written in JAVA and available for all computing platforms. This is quality product by recognized market leader Giganews. Note: in the last few years 2014, 2015 there have been few updates to Mimo
Review of Mimo or Visit Mimo
GetNZB has some excellent features built into it. The idea of having an all-in-one search and download client is very handy and should make the USENET a lot less complicated for many people.
Review of GetNZB or Visit GetNZB
Unison Unison
Unison is a solid USENET newsreader that is available for Mac OSX only. It is designed for downloading binaries and also reading USENET newsgroups. Use this NZBGet or SABnzbd if you are Mac user. Unison development stopped as of Nov. 2014.
Review of Unison or Visit Unison
Thunderbird Thunderbird
Thunderbird is free, available in all platforms. Its perfect for a free solution for regular newsgroup reading but NOT for USENET binaries - no NZB downloads. You will need something else  if you are downloading binaries.
Review of Thunderbird or Visit Thunderbird
NZBVortex NZBVortex
NZBVortex is a small and efficient NZB client for OSX . It does the job well and the price is right. They have a free version and a paid version. NZBVortex is limited to just NZB files downloads and processing.
Review of NZBVortex or Visit NZBVortex
Forte Agent Newsreader Forte Agent Newsreader

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XNews XNews
XNews is a free usenet newsreader for Windows 9x/NT/2000/XP and non-binary USENET client. Linux users can use XNews. It support for multiple servers/identities and remappable keyboard.
Review of XNews or Visit XNews
Kwooty Newsreader Kwooty Newsreader
Kwooty is a USENET option for Linux user with a solid GUI. You can try it anytime because it is free.
Review of Kwooty Newsreader or Visit Kwooty Newsreader
PureNZB Newsreader PureNZB Newsreader

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NZBDrive NZBDrive
Windows Only NZB downloader emulates a hard drive making it possible for you to stream NZB files and watch videos or listen to music immediately instead of waiting for the complete download.
Review of NZBDrive or Visit NZBDrive
Alt.Binz Alt.Binz

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Mozilla Thunderbird Mozilla Thunderbird

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NZBin Newsreader NZBin Newsreader
NZBin has an attractive interface that makes it easy enough to sort and manage your NZB files.
Review of NZBin Newsreader or Visit NZBin Newsreader
Grabit Grabit
Grabit used to be free and while it was free it represented an excellent choice for a basic NZB downloader. Now that it is paid you are better choosing among some of the better known brands such as Newsbin, Newshosting or Newsleecher for a windows based NZB client.
Review of Grabit or Visit Grabit
HelloNZB HelloNZB
HelloNZB is a JAVA based open source NZB decoder. This is good news if you are on a Mac or Linux and you want to download and expand an NZB file. Recently improved as of October 2013. Check them out.
Review of HelloNZB or Visit HelloNZB
PAN Newsreader PAN Newsreader
Free Linux Newsreader - PAN is currently not being maintained. The last update was in 2012. Pan supports yEnc, offline newsreading, article filtering, multiple connections for USENET newsreaders users and alt.binaries fans.
Review of PAN Newsreader or Visit PAN Newsreader
Groundhog Groundhog
Groundhog is a mobile USENET newsreader, developed for the Google Android platform. It is available in the Android Marketplace. Some details:Interface easy to use on Android touch phones. International charsets support. You can read and post on newsgroup
Review of Groundhog or Visit Groundhog
Unzbin Unzbin
If you are just looking for a NZB down loader that will unrar and run par checking then you will  definitely like Unzbin Its simple, free and looks like utorrent. Its not quite as smooth as utorrent software but considering the price Unzbin is just fine. Unzbin has not been updated in a few years but it is still working well. No longer available as of October 2012
Binreader Binreader
Binreader was a simple, secure and free NZB downloader, providing user-friendly interface. However as of October 2014 Binreader has officially shutdown their website.

Some Usenet Client Tips

  • When considering among newsgroup readers especially for downloading binaries you want to make sure that they support multiple connections, SSL and NZB file processing. Note: All of the newsgroup software clients listed here support downloading binaries with the exception of Mozilla Thunderbird.
  • If you look at each usenet client review page you will see more details in addition to what is here now.
  • Have a look around our  free usenet newsreader client page to help you be informed.

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