Best Free Usenet Clients
Below we have listed the most popular free usenet newsgroup readers. There are a few others out there but the free newsgroup reader list below is the best of the best.
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,Newzbin.es, 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
| 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
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
| 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
Review of PureNZB Newsreader or Visit PureNZB Newsreader
Review of Alt.Binz or Visit Alt.Binz
| Mozilla Thunderbird
Review of Mozilla Thunderbird or Visit Mozilla Thunderbird
| CouchPotato 3.0
CouchPotato has a big following and is regularly updated and improved. It lets you get the most out of a USENET subscription by eliminating the need for you to search for binaries over and over again when they haven’t been released yet.
Review of CouchPotato 3.0 or Visit CouchPotato 3.0
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
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
Binreader was a simple, secure and free NZB downloader, providing user-friendly interface. However as of October 2014 Binreader has officially shutdown their website.
In addition to the free usenet reader list above, it should also be noted that alt.binz (a popular binary Usenet newsreader with two versions) is somewhat free. That is, the first version of alt.binz is free so technically it is a free usenet newsreader but it is limited in nature. Really instead, alt.binz is donation ware and you have to pay a small fee to receive the full fledged and improved version.
Some other free usenet news readers are not listed because they are very outdated and not even worth your time especially if you are looking to download binary files.
Essentially if you want something free and you are going to participate in only discussions and not binary downloading then Mozilla Thunderbird is the perfect free Usenet news reader. It is available for every platform – Windows, Mac and Linux and despite a few tricky and hard to understand parts, is a very good piece of software. Check out our review of Mozilla Thunderbird here.
Note: Mozilla Thunderbird is not as frequently updated as the Firefox web browser but still it is updated often enough and is a decent client.
Finally, If you are interested in downloading binary files from Usenet and you want something free then essentially you have just a few choices
- SABnzbd– this is a web-based program which means that SABnzbd installs it own web-server and the user interface is web-based. SABnzbd is making lots of improvements and continually developing and improving their software.
- Binreader – Top free and very easy to use client for Usenet we would put it ahead of SABnzbd but SABnzbd has so much community support and is much more flexible.
- Grabit -decent Usenet software for windows. We prefer Binreader in the free category but make up your own mind. There are other Usenet newsreaders available which I would recommend if you start to spend a lot of time download from Usenet
- Unzbin – good NZB file down loader similar to u torrent in the speed, usefulness and coolness. Only for NZB downloading
So in conclusion, give these free ones a try and remember, if you really get into Usenet be sure to check out our list of best paid Usenet newsreader software.