1. Eweka
Best Dutch provider

2. Newshosting
All-in-one (with VPN)

3. Easynews
Best usenet search

Tutorial: Downloading with GrabIt

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Welcome to the howto for the newsreader GrabIt. GrabIt is an easy-to-use newsreader that is especially popular among beginners. This tutorial is written for GrabIt v1.7.*. First I will point out some of the advantages and disadvantages:


  • Free (except unlimited usage of the Usenet Search and Usenet Browser functions)
  • Easy to use;
  • Simple interface;
  • Built-in (not for free) GrabIt Usenet Search to locate posts on Usenet quickly without fetching headers.


  • Poor multiple server support;
  • The processing of downloaded headers takes a long time, especially with large groups.

Download GrabIt (link opens in a new window)

note The latest version of this program is version 1.7.5 Beta 3 which was released on May 12, 2020
What has been improved in this version?

Issues that will be discussed in this tutorial:

  1. Configuration
  2. Adding servers
  3. Downloading using NZB files
  4. Usenet Search and Browser
  5. Traditional download method
  6. Posting short messages into Usenet newsgroups

I won’t discuss installing GrabIt because this involves nothing more than selecting your installation directory and clicking ‘next’ a couple of times.

To the next chapter: Configuration