LISTSERV Mailing List Owner Instructions and Application

LISTSERV, a registered trademark licensed to L-Soft International, Inc., provides a means of engaging multiple individuals in group discussions either within the University or globally via the Internet.

LISTSERV lists exist on a variety of topics, but new lists dealing with specific topics can readily be established. URI faculty, staff, and officers of recognized student organizations are eligible to become LISTSERV list owners. As owner, you can manage your list via the Web or via email that is addressed to Below are instructions for both.


  • To proceed, you need a LISTSERV password. To obtain a new or replacement password if you have forgotten yours, follow these steps:

    1. Go to
    2. Click on get new LISTSERV password to register.
    3. Use the same email address that you use as a list owner.
    4. After you have registered, LISTSERV will send confirmation of your registration to your email address.
    5. Go to your Inbox to receive the confirmation and then follow the instructions in the email message.

    Web-based instructions and links to documentation are also available at

    1. Go to
    2. Click on Mailing list management interface.
    3. Enter your email address (the same one you use as the list owner) and your LISTSERV password.
    4. From the List name menu, select the list you wish to manage.
    5. Click the Edit list configuration button. The Edit list header screen appears. You can update your list header by editing the list header information and clicking on the Update button.
    1. Go to
    2. Click on Mailing list management interface.
    3. Enter your email address (the same one you use as the list owner) and your LISTSERV password.
    4. From the List name menu, select the list to which you wish to add/delete member(s).
    5. Click the Subscribers button. The Account Management screen appears. You can addexamine, and delete member(s) by filling out the online form. From the same screen, you can also review the list membership.
  • Web-based archives are available if you wish to have your list postings archived periodically. Contact the LISTSERV administrator at

    1. Go to
    2. Click on Online Mailing List Archives.
    3. If your list is listed on this page, click on it. If it is not, click on the Unlisted Archive Form link at the bottom of the page and enter your list name.
    4. If the list is confidential or private, enter your email address (the same one you use as the LISTSERV owner) and your LISTSERV password.

    At this point, you can:
    – search the archives
    – post to the list
    -join or leave the list, or change your email setting
    -manage the list if you are the list owner
    -click on and review the archives


  • A few basic LISTSERV commands for managing a list are shown below. All commands should be sent via email to Place the commands, one per line, into the body of the email message, which should be unsigned.

  • To add a user to a list: Add listname
    To remove a user from a list: DELete listname
    To see who is subscribed to a list: REView listname 

    For example: As the owner of the list TECHNEWS, you may include the following commands in the body of your email to 

    add technews John Doe
    delete technews Mary Jones
    review technews 

    The above commands will:

    • Add John Doe to TECHNEWS
    • Delete Mary Jones from TECHNEWS
    • Show you TECHNEWS subscribers

    If you made any changes, an updated list of subscribers will be emailed to you.

  • If you own a private list, add members to your list yourself, as described above.

    If you own a public list, you may add members to the list yourself or you may ask interested parties to subscribe to the list themselves. Refer to the LISTSERV User’s Guide for instructions.

To become a Listserv mailing list owner, fill out and submit the LISTSERV Mailing List Owner Application.  A list will be created for you based on the information you provide. For more information on LISTSERV features, refer to the LISTSERV User’s Guide.