Program configuration for Hamster 1.3

Make the following adjustments to use our news server:

Start Hamster as usual.

Select Configuration from the menu File.

File / Configaration

Hamster opens a new window:

The Hamster [X] Configuration - Add

Use the button Add to add our news server News.CIS.DFN.DE and confirm that with OK.

Add our news server

Now select Online / All servers to download the complete newsgroup list from our server.

Online / All servers - Download the complete newsgroup list

Choose File / Configuration / News-Pulls and load the list of available newsgroups using the Add button. Mark all newsgroups you want to subscribe to with the left mouse button and confirm that selection with OK.

File / Configuration / News-Pulls - Load the list of available newsgroups

Select newsgroups

You will find the list of subscribed newsgroups under the register card News-Pulls.

Register card - News-Pulls

If you want to add additional users, you can use the option File / Configuration / Local accounts / Add: File / Configuration / Local accounts / Add - Add additional users

Enter username

A new window pops up, where you can enter additional user info and a password.

Edit Hamster-Account

Assign a password by selecting Change and entering the new password into the small window. Click OK to confirm your input.
Attention: The password will be visible, not hidden by asterisks!

Enter password

Most of our users are validated by a username/password combination. Select File / Configuration / Passwords / Edit to enter the appropriate data, confirming each with OK.

Storing your account information in the news reader's configuration is a potential security risk. If you are unsure, please refer to our FAQ at

It is not necessary to enter a password if your institution is a member of the institutional access scheme (Anwenderzulassung) and you are accessing the server from your institution's network.

File / Configuration / Passwords / Edit - Enter the appropriate data for our news server

Enter username

Enter password