Updated 2015-03-30 12:18:58 by dbohdan

NNTP, or Network News Transfer Protocol, is a protocol for usenet news server and client communication.

Documentation  edit

RFC 3977, Network News Transfer Protocol, 2006-10

See Also  edit

Simple News Posting Program
list of free NNTP servers
What is Usenet?
Usenet glossary
Hints on Writing Style for Usenet

User Agents  edit

A Message User Agent, by PYK
browse NTTP groups and read messages. Features navigation through threads. Post feature coming soon. Hopefully works on small screens with Androwish (untested).
a little NNTP reader
notable for being very small, almost trivial, with commensurate functionality
A Snit News Ticker Widget
Simple Newsreader, by NEM

Tools  edit

a news server written in Tcl

Tcllib  edit

Documentation for a Tcllib module that allows one to interact as a client using nntp can be found at

pr2nntp:  edit

pr2nntp is a gateway from RSS to NNTP and RSS readers killer. It is quite flexible, easy to use, and easy to maintain.

With the power of pr2nntp you can view all your feeds in your favorite news client. This means you may delete forever any RSS reader!


  • Russian language. Sic. The reason is that all documentation of pr2nntp doesn't come in English in current release (sorry...);
  • NNTP server;
  • Tcl 8.5;
  • tDOM 0.8;
  • HTTP downloader (wget or similar);
  • md5 command line checksum maker;
  • converter from HTML to plain text (for example, elinks browser).

The following software packages attempt to use nntp:
What: knews
Where: http://avonlea.kanga.org/tcl/ [This url currently not active - anyone have an updated one?]
Description: Proof of concept NNTP server written in itcl.
Updated: 05/2000
Contact: mailto:[email protected]

What: newsflash
Where: ftp://ftp.procplace.com/pub/tcl/sorted/packages-7.6/net/newsflash-0.2/newsflash-0.2.tar.gz
Description: A NNTP newsreader written using Tcl/Tk. It has article threading, multiple newsrc files, article decoding. It does not yet support killfiles, moderated newsgroup posting, email replies, multi-article save/uudecode, searching, or documentation. Requires Tcl 7.4/Tk 4.0, BLT 1.7, incr tcl 1.5 and tcl-dp 3.2.
Updated: 02/1997
Contact: mailto:[email protected] (Koert Zeilstra)

HJG 2009-09-30 - Dead link
What: Newsspy
Where: [No longer at this URL - anyone have an updated one?]
Description: A Tcl program to connect to a NNTP news server and scan article headers for special keywords. If found, read article and append to a file. Can be invoked from cron.
Contact: mailto:[email protected] (hofmann)

What: xnewscan
Where: From the contact
Description: xnewscan is a Tk interface to the newscan program, which scans an NNTP server using user provided patterns for matching articles. This is now part of the newscan 2.0 release.
Contact: mailto:[email protected] (John McGowan)

What: nntp
Where: ftp://ftp.procplace.com/pub/tcl/sorted/net/NNTP/0.01/
Description: Tcl only NNTP client library sufficient to create a simple news reader. Minimal testing done to date.
Updated: 09/1999
Contact: mailto:[email protected] (Neil D. McKay)

The following attempt to provide access to news articles:
What: arTCLs
Where: ftp://ftp.procplace.com/pub/tcl/sorted/packages-7.6/net/artcls/artcls.tar.gz
Description: a Tcl/Tk-based Usenet news reader
Updated: 02/1997
Contact: mailto:[email protected] (Mike Hoegeman)

HJG 2009-09-30 - Dead link
What: newselect
Where: http://www2.awinc.com/users/bvdpoel/
Description: Tcl/Tk program that uses the existing Netscape newsgroup database to view the available newsgroups and pick the ones to which you wish to subscribe and adds them to your Netscape newsrc file.
Works with Tcl 7.x/Tk 4.x.
Updated: 11/1996
Contact: mailto:[email protected] (Bob van der Poel)

What: nn-tk
Where: http://www.general.uwa.edu.au/u/toivo/nn-tk
Description: A Tk interface to nn (net newsreader). It allows the use of exmh to post news, as well as to send and read MIME and PGP email messages as well as to turn URLs into buttons for passing to Netscape or other browsers. Supports Tk 4.x You may need to update to the latest version of exmh to get the support for all of nn-tk's features. Be sure to keep checking back at the ftp site for new releases.
Updated: 08/1998
Contact: mailto:[email protected] (Toivo Pedaste)

What: NR
Where: http://www.cs.umn.edu/%7Eherlocke/nr/nr.html
Description: Tcl/Tk based graphical newsreader. It provides support for multiple fonts and colors, MIME display of articles, true threading, multiple groups at one time, multiple newsgroup profiles, news filtering, grouplens, and more.
Contact: mailto:[email protected] (Jon Herlocker)

What: skim
Where: ftp://sunsite.unc.edu/pub/Linux/system/News/readers/skim-0.8.4.tar.gz
Description: A Tk offline newsreader designed to work over SLIP/PPP lines. Depends on Tcl 7.4/Tk 4.0.
Contact: mailto:[email protected] (Rene Pijlman)

What: TclNews
Where: http://www.bringardner.com/tony/
ftp://ftp.procplace.com/pub/tcl/sorted/packages-7.6/net/tclnews1.0b3.tar.gz ???
Description: Usenet newsgroup reader.
Updated: 10/1998
Contact: mailto:[email protected] (Tony Bringardner)

What: tknews (Bringardner)
Where: http://www.bringardner.com/tony/tknews.tar.gz
Description: Tk 4.x based USENET news reader.
Updated: 12/1996
Contact: mailto:[email protected] (Tony Bringardner)

What: tknews (Moore)
Where: ftp://ftp.procplace.com/pub/tcl/sorted/packages-7.6/net/tknews.1.2b/tknews.1.2b.tar.gz
Description: Tk-based news reader. In December of 1995, tknews was ported to Tk 4.0. The author has indicated that development is frozen.
Updated: 02/1997
Contact: mailto:[email protected] (Michael D. Moore)

HJG 2009-09-30 - Dead link

Updated: July 2002

All of the above links are dead, except the one for nntp by Neil D. McKay.


When I try the ftp sites, from IE browser (MS Windows) the sites are not reachable. js

I stand corrected, hm, yes, lots fail now :( -jcw