Usenet Search Utilities & Newsgroup Server Reviews

The Original Newsgroup Search and Usenet Review Site on the Internet


Welcome to the oldest Newsgroup search and Usenet reviews site on the internet. Our visitors have been searching for free nntp servers since before the internet was opened up to the general public. Today we continue to allow users to search for free Usenet servers and have also added commercial Usenet providers to our index.

Newsgroup search

Search for a newsgroup that you are interested in. This search's results will include the newsgroup (or newsgroups) that most closely match your query as well as the Usenet servers which carry them.

Free Usenet Trials

You can get a Usenet free trial from many commercial Newsgroup servers. All of the links below point to Usenet servers that allow free test drives of their service. Giganews and Newshosting also provide free newsreaders that make setup literally take only a couple minutes before you can start downloading Usenet binaries.

Newsgroup Specials

I have made deals with various Usenet servers to get special prices for my users. Please read the following reviews to see what their offers are.

Newshosting is offering a special monthly rate for the life of your account.
UsenetServer is offering a special monthly rate and an amazing yearly rate for the life of your account.
For a limited time Giganews is offering 50% off on their Giganews Diamond account for your first 3 months, a $45 savings. is offering a special monthly rate for the life of your account.

Best Newsgroups Providers

There are many newsgroup servers that provide good service, but for the best service you should consider getting an account with a Tier-1 provider. A Tier-1 newsserver is part of the backbone for the Usenet meaning that eventually, all articles pass through them. To operate a Tier-1 Usenet server these providers must have multiple high-speed connections to the internet and they must maintain the highest reliability, redundancy and completion, not to mention they also have the best retentions.
Newshosting is the least expensive Tier-1 Usenet provider. All plans include a free newsreader to search, preview and download articles from their 110,000+ newsgroups. They also offer an unlimited account for $9.99/month that is only available from affiliate sites like me.
Giganews has the longest retention and some of the fastest speeds in the newsgroup industry. The Giganews Diamond Account provides excellent, unlimited access for $14.99/month for the first 3 months, more than a $45 savings. Giganews Accounts provide an impressive list of additional features, including VyprVPN and the Giganews MIMO Browser.

Latest Searches

This list contains newsgroups that users have searched for. Following the links gives a list of servers that provide access to the groups.

Newsgroup Browsers

Newshosting has recently released their Newshosting Client. The browser works directly with their servers to provide fast searches and thumbnails for Usenet articles and images. The browser is free to all new subscribers
Giganews Usenet has a newsgroup reader called MIMO Browser which works directly with their servers to provide fast searches for Usenet articles. You can buy their browser or use it for free with any Giganews account

What is a newsgroup

I have seen a lot of discussions on forums and even on Usenet itself starting with questions like “what is a news group”, “what are newsgroups” or more commonly “what is a newsgroup”.  A Usenet newsgroup is a discussion group for a specific topic, which is shared on Usenet.  It is not a forum, or … Continue reading What is a newsgroup

Personal Privacy

This application helps protect your privacy while using Usenet and comes free with Giganews Usenet's Diamond and Platinum plans

Newsgroup Indexing Statistics

Fastest Active File
Fastest active download for me, your results may vary
Most Articles/Second
Exponential Moving Average

Google Group vs Usenet Newsgroup

Earlier today I got an email from a user that was wanting to know the difference between googlegroups and Usenet newsgroups.  They went on further to ask which was a better choice for them based on some criteria.  The were looking for images, so my immediate response for them was “go with a Usenet server”, … Continue reading Google Group vs Usenet Newsgroup

Index Results

What is a Newsgroup

A Usenet newsgroup is a discussion group within the Usenet system for messages posted by users about a specific topic.  This term is often confused with forums or blogs, but they are different in many ways. In order to read newsgroups you need access to a Usenet server and newsreader software. Usenet was originally based … Continue reading What is a Newsgroup

Free Usenet Server

XSUsenet has recently been showing up in a lot of my searches and I visited their site to find out what services they provide. The free account is not going to be big enough or fast enough to be your primary provider, unless you are less of an addict than me, but it does look like a decent backup, and could be useful to fill the occasional missing part from a binary. It has been a long time since I have had a free Newsgroup server with binary groups to talk about, and I wish them the best of luck.

What is Usenet

Usenet has been available at universities and corporations since long before the internet was available to people in their homes.  It has always been a great medium for sharing thoughts and ideas, and many of the earliest “open source” projects shared their software using the various comp.source.* newsgroups.  Today, it has moved from it’s original … Continue reading What is Usenet

World Community Grid

Downloading Usenet Binaries

Many years ago, the Usenet only allowed 7-bit text messages to ensure that communications was possible between any type of machine, using any kind of modem.  It was not long before someone figured out how to encode 8-bit data into a 7-bit format so that binaries could be sent using Usenet with no modifications to … Continue reading Downloading Usenet Binaries