slrn (``S-Lang read news'') is a Usenet newsreader that runs in text mode on various Unix and Unix-like operating systems (including Linux), Windows, OS/2, BeOS, MacOS X and VMS.
It supports scoring rules to highlight, sort or kill articles to make reading
news more efficient. Furthermore it is highly customizable, allows free
key-bindings and can be extended using the S-Lang macro language. Offline
reading is possible using either
slrnpull (shipped with
slrn) or a
local newsserver like Leafnode or INN.
If you run Linux, your distribution probably contains a
slrn package that
might not offer the latest version, but is more or less ``ready to go''.
If you wish to obtain a more current version of
slrn for Linux or another
supported OS, details can be found at
Additional resources are available at <http://slrn.sourceforge.net/>.
The source distribution contains a lot of documentation; on Unix-like systems,
it is likely to be installed somewhere in
/usr/doc. It contains manpages (type
man slrn at the command
prompt), the slrn Reference Manual (
manual.txt) and several other
useful resources like a sample slrnrc (configuration) file.
If you are new to
slrn, please make sure to read the file
FIRST_STEPS. It should get you started.
If you cannot find this documentation on your system, you can find it online via <http://slrn.sourceforge.net/documentation.html>. Many of the more useful documents (such as the slrn Reference Manual) were written and still maintained in SGML. The current, working versions of these texts are maintained here: <http://slrn.sourceforge.net/sgml/>.
If you have general questions about
slrn that are not covered by its
documentation, please make use of the appropriate newsgroups or mailing list
rather than writing to the maintainer directly:
The appropriate newsgroup for questions about
news.software.readers. There is also
a German speaking equivalent (
slrn-user is a mailing list for discussion of the use, development and
slrn. You can subscribe to it through the web interface at
To keep track of
slrn's development, simply subscribe to slrn-announce.
It is a low-traffic moderated list that informs you about new releases,
important bugfixes or major changes to the website. The subscription address
announcements are also mailed to slrn-user, so there is no need to read both
Since there were fundamental changes in the internal character set handling,
the configuration of this has also changed. The configuration variables
charset, editor_uses_mime_charset, fold_headers,
mime_charset and use_mime, and the configuration command
compatible_charsets are no longer valid. To set character sets for
display, editor and posting, use the new
charset command instead.