Niouz is a very basic NNTP server implemented in Ruby. It was created while I was a PhD student so that the research teams in our department could have internal newsgroups on various subjects. It is not designed to be a full-blown NNTP server hosting public newsgroups, but it works fine for internal discussion groups and is orders of magnitude easier to setup than, say, INN.

The source code is available on GitHub under the WTFPL. It should work with either Ruby 1.8.6 and 1.9.×.

Starting from version 0.6.0, installing niouz should be as simple as:

% gem install niouz

if you have a version of RubyGems configured to pull from Actually configuring and running it is a little more involved. See the README.

Version history


See the project page on GitHub.


See the project page on GitHub.


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