What to Expect of a RSS Reader

Alternative titles

  • What Kind of RSS Reader Do I Want?

Criteria are the foundation of saying something valuable or not. Therefore, criteria go first.

What are the expected features?

  • Can Sync with services such as Inoreader
  • Clean


RSS Guard

  • https://github.com/martinrotter/rssguard
    • Feed reader which supports RSS/ATOM/JSON and many web-based feed services.
    • RSS Guard is simple RSS/ATOM feed reader for Windows, Linux, BSD, OS/2 or macOS which can work with RSS/ATOM/JSON feeds and also supports many online feed services:
      • Tiny Tiny RSS,
      • Inoreader (via Google Reader API plugin),
      • Nextcloud News,
      • Gmail,
      • FreshRSS (via Google Reader API plugin),
      • The Old Reader (via Google Reader API plugin),
      • Bazqux (via Google Reader API plugin),
      • Reedah (via Google Reader API plugin),
      • Feedly.


  • https://github.com/readrops/Readrops
    • Android multi-services RSS client
    • Local RSS parsing : support for RSS 2, RSS 1, ATOM and JSONFeed
    • Nextcloud news support
    • FreshRSS support


  • https://github.com/Xyrio/RSSOwlnix
    • RSSOwlnix is a fork of RSSOwl a powerful application to organize, search and read your RSS, RDF & Atom news feeds in a comfortable way.
    • Highlights are saved searches, notifications, filters, fast fulltext search and a flexible, clean user interface.
  • https://github.com/rssowl/RSSOwl
    • RSS Owl is a powerful application to organize, search and read your RSS, RDF & Atom news feeds in a comfortable way.
    • Highlights are saved searches, google reader sync, notifications, filters, fast fulltext search and a flexible, clean user interface.
    • Please use Xyrio/RSSOwlnix which is the new place for RSSOwl.
    • RSSOwl is unmaintained and has several known vulnerabilities. Please do not use it any more.
  • http://www.rssowl.org/
    • Download RSSOwl now and start making the best out of your feeds: Windows, Mac, Linux


  • https://newsblur.com/
    • NewsBlur is a personal news reader
    • NewsBlur is free on the web, iPad, iPhone, and Android.
    • Free Account
      • Up to 64 sites


  • https://feedbin.com/home
    • Follow your passions with RSS, Twitter, and email newsletters.
    • Free Trial…then only $5 a month
  • https://feedbin.com/blog/2013/08/27/feedbin-is-open-source/
    • Feedbin is Open Source

Good references

  • https://www.tailor.to/rss/rss-reader/best-rss-feed-reader-apps-open-source
    • Best Open Source RSS Reader Apps
      • Winds
        • Source code: https://github.com/GetStream/Winds
        • New project – JavaScript based, built using React.js
        • Online demo available
      • Raven
        • Source code: https://github.com/hello-efficiency-inc/raven-reader
        • Cross-platform, available on Windows, Mac and Linux, built using Electron
      • FreshRSS
        • Source code: https://github.com/FreshRSS/FreshRSS
        • Online demo available
      • Miniflux
        • Source code: https://github.com/miniflux
        • Hosting plan is $15 if you don’t want to self-host
      • Vienna
        • Source code: https://github.com/ViennaRSS/vienna-rss
        • for macOS
      • RSSOwl
        • Source code: https://github.com/rssowl/RSSOwl
        • Written in Java
      • Tickr
        • Source code: https://packages.debian.org/bullseye/tickr
        • Linux desktop application
      • Tiny Tiny RSS
        • Source code: https://git.tt-rss.org/fox/tt-rss
        • They also have an Android client
          • https://git.tt-rss.org/fox/tt-rss-android
          • https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.fox.ttrss
  • https://nextcloud.github.io/news/clients/
    • My
      • The REST API of News is not RSS API (not Google Reader API)
    • Clients are applications that use the REST API of News.
    • A sync client can be used to read news and synchronize via the API.
RSS GuardWindows, Linux, OS/2, macOSGPL-3.0 LicenseGitHub
Nextcloud News ReaderAndroidGPL-3.0 LicenseGitHub
OCReaderAndroidGPL-3.0 LicenseGitHub
NewsoutAndroidApache-2.0 LicenseGitHub
ReadropsAndroidGPL-3.0 LicenseGitHub
CloudNewsiOSBSD-2-Clause LicenseGitHub
Fiery FeedsiOS, macOS
News CheckerGoogle ChromeGitHub
own NewsBlackberry
FeedSpiderFirefox OS, webOS, LuneOSMIT LicenseGitHub
fastReaderWindows Phone
py3statusi3wmBSD-3-Clause LicenseGitHub
newsboatUnix TerminalMIT LicenseGitHub
NewsieUbuntu TouchGPL-3.0 LicenseGitLab
  • https://wordpress.org/support/article/wordpress-feeds/
    • WordPress Feeds
    • WordPress Built-in Feeds
      • RDF/RSS 1.0 feed
      • RSS 0.92 feed
      • RSS 2.0 feed
      • Atom feed
    • As of 2019, no major browsers have the ability to display feeds without third-party add-ons or extensions.
    • A feed is a stream of data meant to be interpreted by a feed reader, like NewsBlur or RSSOwl.

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