The Best Free Usenet Servers 2016

by Grey One •


There are a small number free Usenet servers available around the world. They tend to be slower and less reliable than paid Usenet servers. Also, they typically do not provide SSL connections, and they have a short article/binary retention time (10 – 100 days).

I recommend trying a paid Usenet provider — they only cost about $10 per month.

Here’s my list of the best free Usenet servers for 2015:

Newshosting (U.S.): 14 Day Free Trial, 30 GB Download, Paypal or Credit Required

Newshosting allows a 30 GB download limit on their trial accounts, and they give you access to the same service as a regular account. This includes access to their newsreader that has a built-in index search, and the ability to preview videos if there is a message with video attachments. They offers SSL connections and 2102 Days Retention.

Link: Newshosting

UsenetBucket (Netherlands): 7 Day Free Trial, No Credit Card Required, 5GB Download

UsenetBucket is an XSNews provider in the Netherlands. They offer a free trial that lasts “7 days or until you have reached the data-limit”. The data limit is 5GB.

UsenetBucket is a straightforward company, known for fulfilling their promises (in terms of download limits and server speed). They are also known for accepting PayPal.

While testing their sign-up process, I did find that their email and IP check is a bit stringent, probably because they don’t require a credit card.

XSNEWS (Netherlands)

XSNEWS offers free binary Usenet servers using IPv6.

  • Host: reader.ipv6.xsnews.nl
  • User: xsnews.nl registration is closed – Only registered users can access
  • Pass: xsnews.nl registration is closed – Only registered users can access
  • Port: 119
  • Connections: 10
  • SSL: no
  • Retention: 107 days
  • Note: Your account is limited to 20 mbit/s

TELE2 (Netherlands)

Tele2 offers limited free IPV6 Usenet access. If you’re willing to jump through the hoops necessary to get an IPv6 connection you can try newszilla6.xs4all.nl and weathergirl-ipv6.tele2.net. Teredo seems to work if you use a non-Microsoft server. HE/tunnelbroker doesn’t work. Weathergirl returns “article not found” no matter what you go at, and newszilla6 gives you the article at 0.01kb/s. No word of if a Sixxs tunnel works.

  • Host: weathergirl-ipv6.tele2.net (for non-Tele2 customers)
  • Username: No username
  • Password: No password
  • Port: 119
  • Connections: 2
  • SSL: No
  • Retention: 20 days
  • Note: Tele2 customers can have more connections

XSUSENET (Netherlands)

XSUSENET offers free lifetime 1 Mbit Usenet account. No personal information is required. It’s good if want to use the Usenet as a discussion forum, or to fill in blocks.

  • Host: free.xsusenet.com
  • User: Enter the login information you received
  • Pass: Enter the login information you received
  • Port: 119
  • Connections: 2
  • Speed: 1 Mbit
  • SSL: No
  • Retention: 10 days
  • Bandwidth limit: Yes

Comments 10

  1. F.Art Stinkley

    What’s wrong with this picture:

    Article title; “The Best Free Usenet Servers 2016”
    Article date; “April 10, 2014”

  2. 3josh

    I think his point is that the article is aimed at binaries and not actually using Usenet as a discussion forum. Hence all the servers have amazing low retention and the article is more focused on bandwidth and # of connections etc. Maybe the article should be titled “Best Free Usenet Servers for Binaries 2014” 🙂

    The two mentioned (gmane or eternal-september) are for discussion and not for binaries.


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