Top 10 free open-source RSS Feed Readers for macOS

Every time you visit your favorite website searching for new content and find none, you waste time. RSS feeds are a way to eliminate this process by bringing all the latest content directly to you in one place.

It's called this because it's a feed from websites that makes indication or sharing elementary.

Let's say you check multiple blogs every day normally you just go to each of them one by one looking for new content but with RSS feeds they are all in the same place.

RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication; Syndication means sharing or transferring. With RSS, you can do a lot, for example, you can easily subscribe to all of your favorite news sites and organize them under a single folder called news.

10 of the top free and open-source RSS clients for macOS

1- Fluent Reader

Fluent Reader

Fluent Reader is one of the most popular Modern desktop RSS readers. It is open-source, and has some special features such as it can export service configs to it through QR code, it has a keyboard shortcut to hide an app on macOS, it also supports Chinese, and Turkish language, and more.

Fluent Reader comes with different versions that give you the choice to choose the perfect solution for your case.

To browse the source code, click here.

2- RSS Guard

RSS Guard

RSS Guard is a free simple feed reader and open-source RSS/Atom. It is built using C++ Programming Language. It supports web-based feed services like Tiny Tiny RSS, Inoreader, Nextcloud News, Gmail, FreshRSS, The Old Reader, Bazqux, Reedah, Feedly.

You can download it for Windows, Linux, or macOS.

To browse the source code, click here.

3- Vienna


Vienna is an open-source RSS/Atom reader that depends on Objective-C, HTML, Swift. Vienna supports a variety of different display styles for articles. Vienna has been downloaded over 450.000 times.

Vienna is a native macOS open-source project published under the Apache License, Version 2.0.

To browse the source code, click here.

4- Feed Compass

Feed Compass

Feed Compass is an open-source application that enables you to find and subscribe to RSS Feeds in your favorite RSS Reader and is built with Swift. It also has numerous default feeds, it supports drag-and-drop feeds to native RSS readers.

Feed Compass is a macOS application released under MIT License.

To browse the source code, click here.

5- RSSOwl


RSSOwl is a powerful open-source application to organize, search, and read feeds. It extremely has powerful search features and offers synchronization with Google reader and more.

RSSOwl runs cross-platform on Windows, Linux, and macOS and can also be installed into Eclipse.

To browse the source code, click here.

6- Raven


If you want to add your articles in one place Raven is the best choice. Raven is an open-source desktop newsreader, built on top of Vue and JavaScript, it comes with a beautiful display with no distraction, it can sync with your cloud reader, it has unlimited categories, all your data is encrypted and secure, and more.

Raven is a cross-platform that runs on Windows, Linux, and macOS.

To browse the source code, click here.

7- QuiteRSS


QuiteRSS is an open-source, cross-platform RSS/Atom news feed reader. It is written in C++. It has an embedded browser, user filters, AdBlock, multilingual, Proxy configuration, and more.

QuiteRSS licensed under GPL v3.

To browse the source code, click here.

8- Miniflux


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.

To browse the source code, click here.

9- NetNewsWire


NetNewsWire is a free and open-source RSS reader for Mac, iPhone, and iPad. It is written in Swift. NetNewsWire helps you to show your articles from your favorite blogs and news sites and keeps track of what you’ve read.

NetNewsWire has a safari extension for easy feed-adding, direct feed-downloading, syncing via iCloud, multiple accounts, and more.

NetNewsWire was released under MIT License.

To browse the source code, click here.

10- Tiny Tiny RSS

Tiny Tiny RSS

Tiny Tiny RSS is a free web-based open-source newsreader. It is licensed under GNU GPLv3. It is self-hosted, it supports JSON API, it has flexible article filtering, plugins and themes, podcasts, and more.

Tiny Tiny RSS runs on Web, Android, iOS platforms.

To browse the source code, click here.


You have seen now what are the possible open-source RSS Feed Readers that you can use for macOS. 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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