The 7 Best RSS Feed Readers for Linux

RSS or Really Simple Syndication is a web feed that keeps you up to date with the latest updates from your favorite websites on the web. However, to read these feeds, you need a so-called RSS reader.

An RSS reader is a feed curator that aggregates and organizes content from your favorite sources on the web into a digestible feed, so you don’t have to manually visit those sources to keep up to date with what’s new.

If you’re using Linux, here are our picks for the best RSS feed reader apps you can use to improve your content consumption.

Akregator is an RSS feed reader based on KDE and comes as part of their Kontact suite. It allows you to easily add feeds from various online sources (websites and blogs). Plus, you can also categorize these sources to keep your feed organized.

Among other features, Akregator also allows you to import feeds from your backups via the OPML file formatso you don’t have to manage your feed when you switch devices.

Speaking of usability, Akregator offers a user-friendly interface, allowing you to quickly and efficiently browse data sources in your feed. The user interface is a three-pane view with a list of feeds on the left, post items in the top right, and the post content in the bottom right pane.

How do I install Akregator

On Ubuntu and Debian based distributions:

sudo apt install akregator

Install Akregator on Arch Linux:

sudo pacman -S akregator

On Fedora, CentOS, and other RHEL-based systems:

sudo dnf install akregator

Fluent Reader is a cross-platform news aggregator with a modern look and a minimal design. It provides an uncluttered reading experience, allowing you to consume content without any distractions. In addition, you also get a dark mode, if you prefer.

As for content management, Fluent Reader allows you to sync content from Inoreader, Feedbin or any other service compatible with Fever or Google Reader API. In addition, you also have the option to import your resources from an OPML file to read locally.

The app supports content categorization with groups to help you organize your resources systematically, and you also have the freedom to move them between computers using backup.

To download: Fluent Reader (AppImage)


Install via Snap Store by running:

sudo snap install fluent-reader --candidate

Related: Everything You Need to Know About Snap and Snap Store

Raven Reader is another minimal RSS feed reader with a modern design. It’s open-source and doesn’t require a login to use, so you can easily build your feed from a variety of sources, including popular cloud newsreaders like Feedbin and Inoreader, and enjoy it right away.

While the app’s minimal UI is a nice touch in its own right, it goes even further to cut out all the distracting content in the original articles to provide a better reading experience. Not only that, it also lets you configure a few of its elements, such as the layout, font, and theme, to tailor it to your preferences.

Additionally, Raven Reader offers the ability to group your feeds by category and save your favorite articles to read when you are offline.

To download: Raven Reader (App Image)


Install it via Snap Store using:

sudo snap install raven-reader

Liferea is one of the popular feed aggregators for Linux. The unique thing about this RSS reader is that it not only helps you compose content from RSS and Atom feeds, but you can also merge your favorite podcasts with it, all in one place. In addition, if necessary, you will be given the option to run custom scripts to perform specific actions automatically as well.

As for the interface, it is quite simple and intuitive. Like other RSS feed readers, Liferea also allows you to keep your feed organized using categories. Plus, you can save articles to read offline.

In addition, Liferea also offers an advanced feature set that includes the ability to store headlines in newsboxes, match items to search folders, extend reader functionality with plugins, and perform web scraping on websites that do not offer feed.

How to install Liferea

To install Liferea on Ubuntu/Debian:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/apps
sudo apt update
sudo apt install liferea

To install Liferea on Arch Linux, you must first remove the comment additional repository source in the pacman.conf File. Then run the following commands:

sudo pacman -Syyu
sudo pacman -S liferea

On Fedora and CentOS:

sudo dnf install liferea

QuietRSS is another open source feed reader with support for RSS and Atom feeds. It is one of the more feature rich and advanced RSS readers for Linux that comes with features like proxy configuration, ad blocker and automatic feed cleaning.

In terms of usability, the app is quite easy to use and the features on offer are readily accessible, allowing you to get the most out of your feeds. You can import your feeds, even OPML files, using the import wizard without much hassle. And also export them if necessary.

When it comes to organizing your feeds, QuiteRSS gives you the option to star or add labels to your articles so that you can find them more easily to read again. Among other things, the reader comes with multiple theme options, feed and news filters, a built-in browser and quick search functionality.

On Ubuntu and Debian:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:quiterss/quiterss
sudo apt update
sudo apt install quiterss

On Arch Linux:

sudo pacman -S quiterss

To install QuietRSS on Fedora, CentOS, and other RHEL-based distributions:

sudo yum install quiterss

FeedReader is an RSS feed reader with a clean look and feel that fits the design of modern Linux distributions. It pretty much gives you the full range of features you’d get on other RSS readers with a few obvious extra features.

Essentially, you get all the customization options and the flexibility to customize the reader’s appearance as they see fit, along with essential features like filters, tagging, and quick search to keep your feed organized and find relevant posts easily.

Moving on to advanced features, FeedReader also allows you to curate your favorite podcasts and listen to them from within the app. You can use it to import your feeds from various sources (Feedbin, Feedly, Inoreader, Tiny Tiny RSS, etc.) and push your favorite posts from the feed to a read-it-later service like Instapaper or Pocket.

How to install FeedReader

FeedReader is available as a Flatpak package, so you can install it with:

flatpak install flathub org.gnome.FeedReader

Related: Flatpak For Beginners: An Introduction To Downloading Software With Flatpak

RSS Guard is another open-source RSS reader that doubles as a podcast aggregator. It has a fairly simple user interface that provides a quick and easy way to perform various feed operations. In addition, because it is built with Qt, it fits the interface of different operating systems.

The reader supports feeds in RSS, Atom, and JSON formats, and you can also use it to sync data with various online RSS services such as Tiny Tiny RSS, Inoreader, Feedly, and more. In terms of usability, in addition to using the reader in the full-featured standard mode, you can also use it in the lightweight version, which offers a text-based viewer.

In addition, RSS Guard offers a number of advanced features. To name a few, it has a recycle bin to prevent accidental loss of saved articles, a file downloader to help you download items from your feed, and an advanced network proxy configuration to retrieve content from hard-to-retrieve sites.

to download: RSS Watcher (AppImage)

Related: What is AppImage? How to run it on Linux

Stay tuned with the latest information

Using the RSS feed readers above, you can keep up to date with the latest information about various online portals (news, blogs, etc.) on your Linux machine, all within one app. And, in turn, stay up to date with the latest information on websites quickly and efficiently.

So go ahead, download one of these feed readers to your computer and curate your feed on it with your favorite news and podcast sources to keep up to date with what’s new.

If you’re wondering which sources to include in your feed, check out our recommendations for the best new sites to trust for believable stories.

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