Thunderbird Review

Thunderbird is a mail reader and Usenet client that, like Firefox, is free. While it really is not meant to be used for downloading binary files off of Usenet nonetheless it is a  very good Usenet client ( and email client ).

Here is a picture of Thunderbird in action here.

Thunderbird Overview


Thunderbird is FREE!

Usenet Search

Thunderbird does not do Usenet search but you can’t beat the price.

NZB Support

No NZB support, Thunderbird is meant for reading Usenet and not binary downloading.

Platform Information

Thunderbird, like Firefox, is available for Windows, Mac and Linux


If you want to read Usenet newsgroups and don’t want to pay for a newsreader and do not want to download binaries. Thunderbird is for you. If you are interested in downloading binary files then I would suggest you look at the free options and also the paid options for Usenet newsreaders.

More Details

Despite being free and a decent Usenet client Thunderbird can be difficult to configure initially for Usenet service like Newshosting or UsenetServer where you have pay for Usenet access.


Thunderbird Usenet Configuration Tips

Install Thunderbird as normal and add an NNTP/Usenet connection. Next, to get Thunderbird to accept your username and password you will need to click on the manage newsgroup subscriptions link.


Next  choose your username (be sure to click save !! )thunderbirdChoose your Password ( be sure to click save !! )


And then watch as Thunderbird connects and downloads all the available groups.

thunderbird3See above Newsgroups are downloading ..  ALL is working just fine.


Some of the advantages of Thunderbird is that it is FREE and that is easy enough to use (once you get past the initial configuration ).  Thunderbird has SSL encryption support also.

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2 Comments about Thunderbird Review

  1. Wolf Kirchmeir on May 8th, 2012

    I don’t understand why you say TB won’t download binaries. I subscribe to several binaries (pictures) newsgroups, and haven’t had a problem. True, it won’t auto-combine multiple parts, and it doesn’t handle all varieties of yEnc. Neither of these shortcomings annoy me.

    What does annoy me are flood-posters who seem to think that offering dozens or hundreds of images they’ve ‘collected’ somehow makes them welcome on a news group. But that’s another issue.

    Best wishes,
    Wolf Kirchmeir

  2. Marion Marshall on May 16th, 2012

    Thanks for the comment Wolf and for the correction.

    I haven’t used Thunderbird for Usenet.. I find the other newsreaders listed here — just so much easier and geared for Binary file downloading.

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