Top 10 free open-source RSS feed readers for Linux desktops

Top 10 free open-source RSS feed readers for Linux desktops

The internet has problems, let's say there are 50 million weblogs, and it's going up, our focus here is on a new and efficient way to keep up with all the cool stuff that's happening on the Internet.

What we are talking about is using a single website that becomes your home for reading all the new stuff that's coming from your favorite websites.

RSS could be for news, also it could have links to a podcast, links to videos, it could be used for torrents basically anything you can structure into a list of elements along with metadata associated with those elements can be structured into an RSS feed this metadata highly depends on what you're trying to syndicate.

So, I'm going to talk about 10 open-source RSS feed readers for Linux operating system.

Open-source RSS readers for Linux

1-  Fluent Reader

Fluent Reader

Fluent Reader is an open-source, local, cross-platform news aggregator. Fluent Reader comes with dozens of features that bring all your favorite sources with you and read distraction-free.

It features single-key keyboard shortcuts, importing or exporting OPML files, notifications, a modern UI, self-hosted services compatible with Fever API, full application data backup and restoration, and more.

Fluent Reader is built with TypeScript and licensed under the BSD-3-Clause License.

Download Fluent Reader source code.

2- Feeds


Feeds is an open-source RSS/Atom feed reader for GNOME. Feeds are written using Python 3 and GTK. It’s free software, released under the GPL3 license.

Feeds app comes with a rich set of features that start with a simple user interface, OPML export, and import, it also includes a reader mode, feed content, web view, and more.

Download Feeds source code.

3- NewsFlash


NewsFlash is a free open-source software designed to complement an already existing web-based RSS reader account. It helps you to combines all the advantages of web-based services like syncing across all your devices with everything you expect from a modern desktop program.

The system features dozens of things such as desktop notifications. You can find fast search and filtering, tagging, handy keyboard shortcuts, and having access to all your articles as long as you like.

Download NewsFlash source code.

4- Liferea


Liferea (Linux Feed Reader), is yet another web feed reader/news aggregator for GTK/GNOME. It supports different agile processes like Scrum and Kanban, offers an integrated source control system, multiple custom workflows, project wiki, custom dashboards, and one-click bug reporting.

Additionally, the Liferea feature offers reading articles offline, force fetching full article text using HTML5 extraction, else you can permanently save headlines in news bins,  match items using search folders.

Another unique feature this cool software has is its ability to play podcasts in Liferea.

Download Liferea source code.

5- RSS Guard

RSS Guard

RSS Guard is an open-source simple RSS/ATOM feed reader for Windows, Linux, or macOS. It is written in C++.

RSS Guard supports many online RSS services like Tiny Tiny RSS, Inoreader, Nextcloud News, Gmail, FreshRSS, The Old Reader, Bazqux, Reedah, Feedly.

The project is licensed under GPL-3.0 License.

Download RSS Guard source code.

6- RSSOwl


RSSOwl is an open-source RSS/ATOM  that will help you organize, search, and read feeds.

RSSOwl features Free, cross-platform, Automate common actions on news items, Instant Search, Saved Searches, Notifications, News Bins, Labels.

Download RSSOwl source code.

7- Raven


Raven is a simple desktop newsreader with flexible settings and No distractions. It features Versatile Themes, display options, support Sync with your cloud reader, Privacy respected, Unlimited categories, Never miss out, All data is encrypted and secure.

Raven is written in Vue and javaScript and released under MIT license and offers Windows, macOS, and Linux packages.  

Download Raven source code.

8- QuiteRSS


QuiteRSS is an open-source, cross-platform RSS/Atom news feed reader written on Qt/C++.

QuiteRSS has some features like click to flash, user accounts, embedded browser, Adblock, sound notification on new news, popup notification on new news, import/export feeds (OPML-files), multilingual, automatic cleanup, user filters, and more.

Download QuiteRSS source code.

9- Miniflux

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Miniflux is a minimalist and opinionated feed reader written in the PHP language. It works only with PostgreSQL, does not use any ORM, does not use any complicated framework, uses only modern vanilla JavaScript (ES6 and Fetch API), single binary compiled statically without dependency, and more.

Miniflux was released under the AGPLv3 license.

Download Miniflux source code.

10- FreshRSS

FreshRSS is a free self-hosted RSS feed aggregator for Linux written in PHP. It is licensed under AGPL-3.0 License.

It is lightweight, easy to work with, it supports extensions for further tuning.

Download FreshRSS source code.


You have seen now what are the possible open-source RSS Feed Readers that you can use for Linux. Some of these are way more advanced than others, so it’s up to you to choose the best one according to your needs and requirements.

If you think that we’ve missed any other RSS Feed Readers open source in this list, please tell us in the comments below

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