Comparison of Usenet newsreaders

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This is a Comparison of Usenet Newsreaders.

Name Interface Type of Client Downloading headers XOVER PAR NZB unZip or unRAR Integrated Search Service (retention / $$$/yr) IPv6 SSL/TLS Audio Video Streaming Price Platform License Other
Arachne GUI Traditional Newsreader Yes No No Free DOS, Unix-like GPL
Binbot GUI Binary Grabber Yes No Yes Yes Yes
(free/varies by search site)
Yes Yes $19.95 Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Unix-like Proprietary Shareware
BinTube GUI Binary Grabber No Yes Yes Yes Yes
(800 Days / Free)
Yes Yes Yes Free / $29.95 Microsoft Windows Proprietary Streams media while downloading; Free with Usenet Service
Forté Agent GUI Combination Yes No Yes Yes $29 Microsoft Windows Proprietary Includes 3 month newsgroup service trial; Shareware
Gemini (mail/news) GUI Traditional Newsreader Yes No No No No Yes £29.99 / $52.18 (mail/news) Linux x86, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X Proprietary Qt
Gnus Text-based Traditional Newsreader Yes No No No No Yes Yes No Free Cross-platform GPL Runs in Emacs; also does Email
GrabIt GUI Binary Grabber Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

( 30 days / $20/yr )

No Yes Free Microsoft Windows Proprietary Usenet Search Service
KLibido GUI Binary Grabber Yes No Yes No No No Free Unix-like GPL KDE
KNode GUI Traditional Newsreader Yes No No Yes Yes Free Unix-like GPL KDE
Lotus Notes GUI Traditional Newsreader Yes No No Varies Microsoft Windows, Unix-like, Mac OS X Proprietary
Name Interface Type of Client Downloading headers XOVER PAR NZB unZip unRAR Integrated Search Service (retention / $$$/yr) IPv6 SSL/TLS Audio Video Streaming Price Platform License Other
Lynx Text-based Traditional Newsreader Yes No No Yes Yes Free Cross-platform GPL Limited USENET support
MicroPlanet Gravity GUI Traditional Newsreader Yes No No Free Microsoft Windows BSD
Mozilla Mail & Newsgroups GUI Traditional Newsreader Yes No No No No Free Cross-platform MPL/GPL/LGPL tri-license Replaced by SeaMonkey Mail & Newsgroups
Mozilla Thunderbird GUI Traditional Newsreader Yes No No No No Yes Yes Free Cross-platform MPL Plugin support
Newsbin Pro GUI Binary Grabber Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

( $10/yr )

Yes Yes $20 Microsoft Windows Proprietary Shareware
NewsLeecher GUI Combination Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Optional extra Add $10 per year

No Yes Varies Microsoft Windows Proprietary Shareware
NewsMan Pro GUI Combination Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes $29.95 Microsoft Windows Proprietary
Novell GroupWise GUI Traditional Newsreader Yes No No Varies Microsoft Windows, Unix-like Proprietary
Opera Mail GUI Traditional Newsreader Yes No No No Yes Yes Free Cross-platform Proprietary Part of Opera up to version 12.17
Outlook Express GUI Traditional Newsreader Yes No No No No Yes Yes Microsoft Windows Proprietary Part of Microsoft Windows (up to Windows Server 2003)
Pan GUI Combination Yes No Yes No Yes No Free Unix-like, Microsoft Windows GPL Gtk+
Name Interface Type of Client Downloading headers XOVER PAR NZB unZip & unRAR Integrated Search Service (retention / $$$/yr) IPv6 SSL/TLS Audio Video Streaming Price Platform License Other
Seamonkey Mail & Newsgroups GUI Traditional Newsreader Yes No No No No Free Cross-platform MPL Replaced Mozilla Mail & Newsgroups
Spotnet GUI Combination Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

( Free )

Yes Yes Yes Free Microsoft Windows GPL
slrn text-based Traditional Newsreader Yes Yes

(using macros)

Yes

(using macros)

Yes

(using macros)

No Yes Yes No Free Cross-platform GPLv2+ Highly extensible using S-Lang scripts (macros)
Sylpheed GUI Traditional Newsreader Yes No No Yes Free Cross-platform GPL/LGPL Gtk+
tin text-based Traditional Newsreader Yes No No No Yes No Free Unix-like BSD Free Software
Unison GUI Combination Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

(audio only)

$29 Mac OS X Proprietary Shareware
Usenet Explorer GUI Combination Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

( 210 days / $23.34/yr )

Yes Yes $35 Microsoft Windows Proprietary Shareware
Windows Live Mail GUI Traditional Newsreader Yes Yes Free Microsoft Windows Proprietary
Windows Mail GUI Traditional Newsreader Yes Yes Microsoft Windows Proprietary Part of Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008
Xnews GUI Combination Yes No No
(Can create NBZs)
No Free Microsoft Windows Proprietary
XPN GUI Traditional Newsreader Yes No No Yes Free Cross-platform GPL
Name Interface Type of Client Downloading headers XOVER PAR NZB unZip unRAR Integrated Search Service (retention / $$$/yr) IPv6 SSL/TLS Audio Video Streaming Price Platform License Other

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