Pan Newsreader for Windows

Win32 Pan Installer by Steve Davies

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Pan Newsreader for Win32 - Installer Build

This page contains a (hopefully recent, but unofficial) build of the Pan NNTP Newsreader (see packaged in a simple windows installer. The installer includes the main executable, a handful of libraries, including the spellchecker .dll files, and the localisation/language files and puts a shortcut on the desktop.


GTK+ runtime libraries must be installed already for Pan to work at the time of publishing, these could be downloaded here:

The latest report is that "gtk2-runtime-2.24.8-2011-12-03.exe" works reliably if the compatibility libs option is chosen during install. GTK Themes also seem to be working fine, and can be downloaded from the same site.

Dictionary support for "ispell" and "myspell" dictionaries is built-in using 'gtkspell' and 'enchant' for the best possible compatibility. Two sample dictionaries have been packaged (US and UK English) as examples.

Latest installers:

Version 0.139 has arrived - Thanks to Charles Kerr's, K.Haley, Petr Kovar and all other contributors for this release. See the main Pan website at for full details and change logs.

IMPORTANT: If you have an old copy of pan installed (using a .exe installer) please UN-INSTALL it prior to using one of the MSI installers.

LATEST BUILDS (Seem a bit crashy):

  • 22 Nov 2014: Latest 0.140 release + 2014-11-10 GIT updates plus another experimental fix for binary uploads:
  • 12 Nov 2014: Latest 0.140 release + 2014-11-10 GIT updates plus experimental fix for binary uploads:
RECENT BUILDS (Seem okay):
NOTE: For brand-new installs, there are some odd default background colours - The pan source code looks fine, so I am not sure how it is happening, but new users may need to go to "Edit / Preferences / Colours" and set the 3 BG colours that are dark blue back to being white.

  • 19 Sept 2012: Latest 0.139 release + 2012-09-16 GIT updates:
    Fix "Preferences crash" I hope:
  • 4 October 2011: Latest 0.135 release (GIT updates):
    Enchant Spelling CURRENT STABLE

Installers are now downloaded from Google Docs here as EXE files cannot be served from Google sites.

Release Notes:

Release notes are on the website.

Other Notes:

Dictionaries for many languages can be downloaded here:

Comments and requests to: me or to the Pan mailing list.