Best Free Usenet Clients

Last Updated: Jun 18, 2019

On this page we have listed the top 5 free USENET newsgroup newsreaders followed a list of all the free USENET newsgroup newsreaders that are to be found currently. We also make a list of the best USENET newsreaders (some are free and some are a one time fee).

In addition to USENET newsreader software you will need a USENET provider ( See our Top 5 Recommended USENET Providers for 2019 and some place to find content most easily done via an NZB site (recommended) or USENET Search Engine.

Top 5 Free USENET Newsreaders 2019

# Name OS Details
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WindowsLinuxMac
  • Multi Platform Newsreader
  • Bundled USENET service
  • Quickly Scan Header Files
  • Good USENET Search
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WindowsLinuxMac
  • Multi Platform
  • Lots of extensions
  • NZB Downloader only
  • Excellent User Community
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WindowsLinuxMac
  • Fast and Many Platforms
  • Small Memory Footprint
  • Constant Development
  • Par Check and Repair
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WindowsLinux
  • Linux and Windows only
  • Good for reading news
  • Good for NZB downloads
  • Highly Configurable
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Linux
  • Linux only NZB Downloader
  • Multi-server support
  • Built-in YEnc and UUEncode
  • Automatic file repair

Details on the Top 5 Free USENET Newsreaders 2019

First Place - Newshosting Newsreader

Newshosting Newsreader Review
Pros
  • Quality Software
  • Search USENET newsgroups
Cons
  • Monthly Fee

Newshosting's newsreader comes free with Newshosting's Usenet service and has usenet search built in. It's less than $10/month for the bundled Usenet service and search.

Newshosting's newsreader is available on Windows, Linux and MacOSx and covers all the basics like unrar, unzip and unpar. Just search, click and download. Alternatively just double click on an NZB file to get it working

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Second Place - SABnzbd

SABnzbd Review
Pros
  • Multi Platform
  • Lots of extensions
Cons
  • No USENET Headers

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 Sabnzbd is nothing spectacular

However when combined with various other open source projects such as Sonarr and other NZB sites then Sabnzbd really comes to life and shines. Sabnzbd is a bit complex but if you stick with it you will be rewarded.

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Third Place - NZBGet

NZBGet Review
Pros
  • Fast and Multiple Platform
  • Small Memory Footprint
Cons
  • No USENET headers

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. Quality USENET Newsreader but limited to NZB downloads only

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Fourth Place - PAN Newsreader

PAN Newsreader Review
Pros
  • Stable and Highly Configurable
  • Windows and Linux Versions
Cons
  • No MacOSX version

Free Linux Newsreader - Pan supports yEnc, offline newsreading, article filtering, multiple connections for USENET newsreaders users and alt.binaries fans.

This newsreader is most likely to appeal to those who have been on USENET for a long time, who appreciate the look of a classic newsreader interface and who need very little hand holding

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Fifth Place - Kwooty Newsreader

Kwooty Newsreader Review
Pros
Cons

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Five things to consider when choosing a free USENET newsreader

  1. Search Ability – some USENET newsreaders such as Newshosting Newsreader come in with a free built in search mechanism whereas other USENET newsreaders only download NZB files and are not able to search USENET in any way. Whatever choice you make you will need to have a plan for how you are going to find the content you want. If you don’t search within your USENET newsreader then you would need to search USENET via NZB sites or a USENET search engine.
  2. OS Compatibility – Many of the USENET newsreader currently are platform independent such as Thunderbird, NZBGet and SABNzbd, be sure to check our list to quickly verify whether the newsreader you are interested in works with your intended platform.
  3. Easy of Use – some USENET newsreaders are easier to setup than others. One of our top recommendations, Newshosting really doesn’t get any easier – just download and run the installer and you can search by group or by search term. Easynews is also another very easy choice. While Newshosting Newsreader and the Easynews Webapp are free only if you signup for their USENET service, remember you will need to pay for USENET access in almost all cases. Only a few limited exceptions for completely free USENET access exist.
  4. Headers vs NZB Compatibility – In some cases you will want to download the latest USENET headers or message subject headings from a USENET newsgroup to see what is being posted. Not all browsers support the downloading and browsing of USENET headers. Some USENET newsreaders such as NZBGet and SABNzbd would be better called NZB downloaders as with these USENET newsreader you are not able to easily scan the latest message headers in a USENET newsgroup. In some cases you might not need this nor be interested in the ability to download USENET headers as you might be using only NZB sites for finding your desired content.
  5. Performance – Some newsreaders are faster than others. This can be a very important point if you are trying to install a USENET newsreader on a low powered small CPU device such as a Raspberry PI. Our best example of a fast and efficient USENET newsreader would be NZBGet. Other fast and efficient options exit such as PAN and SABnzbd but NZBGET is the clear winner for this category. See list below.

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.


All Free USENET newsreaders

Name OS More Detail
Newshosting Newsreader Review
WindowsLinuxMac
  • Multi Platform Newsreader
  • Bundled USENET service
  • Quickly Scan Header Files
  • Good USENET Search
SABnzbd Review
WindowsLinuxMac
  • Multi Platform
  • Lots of extensions
  • NZB Downloader only
  • Excellent User Community
NZBGet Review
WindowsLinuxMac
  • Fast and Many Platforms
  • Small Memory Footprint
  • Constant Development
  • Par Check and Repair
PAN Newsreader Review
WindowsLinux
  • Linux and Windows only
  • Good for reading news
  • Good for NZB downloads
  • Highly Configurable
Kwooty Newsreader Review
Linux
  • Linux only NZB Downloader
  • Multi-server support
  • Built-in YEnc and UUEncode
  • Automatic file repair
Thunderbird Review
WindowsLinuxMac
  • Free Basic Newsreader
  • No NZB file import
  • Not for binary files
  • SSL supported
Newsflash Plus Review
WindowsLinux
  • Fast browsing, Full Control
  • Embedded Python engine
  • Easy API for beginners
  • Search RSS and Headers
PureNZB Newsreader Review
Windows
  • Connected to USENET Service
  • Very simple NZB downloader
  • Unrar, UnPar and UnZip
  • Integrated Search
HelloNZB Review
WindowsLinuxMac
  • Java-based NZB downloader
  • Supports multiple servers
  • Extracts, repairs & unzips
  • Drag-and-drop interface
Alt.Binz Review
Windows
  • Windows Only NZB downloader
  • Multi Server Support
  • Auto PAR and RAR
  • Download Scheduler
Unison Review
Mac
  • Mac OSX only
  • Free since Nov 2014
  • No updates since Nov 2014
  • Mac OS X 10.5 or later

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.

Additional Free USENET newsreaders tips

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. Thunderbird is available for every platform – Windows, Mac and Linux and despite a slightly more complicated installation and a few hidden configuration option, is a very good piece of software. Check out our review of Mozilla Thunderbird here.

Another USENET newsreaders to consider would be the Newshosting Newsreader. Newshosting’s newsreader is able to use NZB files to quickly download USENET binary files, search USENET and participate in USENET discussion. Yes you need to sign up for Newshosting USENET service but if you want to use USENET you will need to buy access for at least one provider.

Finally, If you are only interested in downloading binary files from Usenet via NZB files or if you want to automate you USENET usage with PVR applications like Sonarr or CouchPotato then typically your best options would be one of two programs. and you want something free then essentially you have just a few choices

  • SABnzbd – this is a web-based USENET NZB downloader meaning that SABnzbd installs it own web-server and the user interface is web-based. SABnzbd continues to make improvements and has a large base of fans that are happy with their software.
  • NZBGet – similar to SABnzbd, NZBGet is a multiplatform USENET NZB downloader which runs it own web-server. NZBGet is different in that NZBGet is optimized for low powered CPUs. NZBGet is written in C++ and designed to achieve maximum download speeds while very little system resources. We hope you find these tips helpful. Be sure to give these free USENET newsreaders a try. Also be sure check out our list of best paid Usenet newsreader software in addition to our list of recommended USENET Providers for 2019 .

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