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The purpose of this page is to provide information without any express or implied preference for any of the applications listed. This list contains traditional newsreaders for reading and posting to Usenet, but it doesn't contain any mass downloaders for binary newsgroups.

Please contact us to correct or expand this list.

For general questions about newsreaders for any platform try posting the question to on Google Groups. If your question is about a specific newsreader please put the name of the newsreader in brackets "[ ]" at the beginning of the subject line.

If you are looking to get started with Thunderbird, see our tutorials.

Linux and Misc OSes

Name Download Platform Notes
Alpine Download Multiple Link to source code
bystand Download Linux Link to source code
Claws Mail Download Multiple Formerly Sylpheed Claws
Evolution Download Multiple Link to source code
Flnews Download Multiple
Gnus Download Multiple Built into Emacs
Lynx Download Multiple Minimal Newsreader
nn Download Multiple Link to source code
OpenXP 5 Download Linux Link to source code
Pan Download Multiple
Seamonkey Project Download Multiple
slrn Download Multiple
Thunderbird Download Multiple
tin Download Multiple Link to source code
XRN Download Multiple Link to source code


Name Download Platform Notes
HogWasher Download Mac
MT-NewsWatcher Download Mac
Usenapp Download Mac Shareware


Name Download Platform Notes
Forte Agent Download Windows 30-day Trial
MesNews Download Windows
MicroPlanet Gravity Download Windows
MR/2 ICE Download Windows and OS/2
NewsgroupsRT Microsoft Store Windows
Usenet Explorer Download Windows Shareware
Bintube Download Windows
WinVN Download Windows An actively maintained fork of the original NASA WinVN, incorporating many bug fixes and updates.


Name Download Platform Notes
EZ Usenet App Store Android Requires Easynews services
Holmez App Store Android
NewsGroup Reader App Store Android
Newstap App Store iOS
PhoNews App Store Android
Usenet Reader for Android App Store Android Demo
Usenet Reader for Android App Store Android Paid

Historical (No longer developed or supported)

Name Download Platform Notes
40tude Dialog Download Windows
A4Pocket Newsreader Download PocketPC
BeInformed Download BeOS
BeNews Download BeOS
Beonex Download Multiple Precursor to Mozilla/Seamonkey
FreeNews Download Web/Javascript
Knode Download Linux Can be still installed on multiple Linux distributions but it in no longer being developed.
MacSOUP Download Mac
Maple Download Windows
Newega Download Multiple Contains Windows and Linux binaries. Is actually web-based.
MaxNews Download Mac
NewHunter 3 Download Mac
News Rover Download Windows
News Yanoff Download PalmOS
Newsman Pro Download Mac
NewsXpress Download Windows
Pronews Download OS/2
RMRNews Download SymbianOS
Thoth Download OSX and MacOS
trn Download Linux Link to source code
Turnpike Download Windows
Unison Download Mac
WinVN Download Windows The original WinVN is unmaintained, but please see above for an actively-maintained version by Mark's Lab.
Xana News Download Windows
Xnews Download Windows
XPN Download Multiple Download link to Sourceforge page
Yanoff Download PalmOS
Yarn Download DOS & OS/2