Feedreader, Liferea, and Thunderbird are three of the most popular RSS readers for Linux desktops — but there’s a new option in town.
GNOME Feeds (since renamed to just Feeds) is a simple, no-frills RSS reader for Linux desktops.
It doesn’t integrate or sync with a cloud-based service like Feedly or Inoreader, but it does let you add feeds manually or import them from an
Feeds‘ focused feature set is arguably its core strength. There’s no complex set-up to go through, accounts to create, or cloud-services to authenticate with. Heavy RSS feed users will find the lack of options a downside, but sometimes simplicity is needed.
Feeds offer a clean, clutter-free way to read the latest posts from your favourite websites without opening a web browser.
The straightforward design puts all the tools you need within easy reach, with no ream of menus to mouse though to find a particular function.
Just add an RSS feed (or enter a website and let the app find the relevant Atom or RSS address for it) and away you go. When new posts are published they will filter through to the app on the next sync.
Feeds lets you:
- Marks individual posts as read/unread
- Save articles to read offline anytime
- Browse articles by feed
- Choice of reader modes, including web view
- Responsive design
You can customise the experience further with settings to:
- Show newer articles first
- Open links in default browser
- Set ‘maximum article age’
- Enable dark theme for reader
- Disable client-side decoration
If you’re reading from Arch Linux you can install this app from the AUR.
I’m still waiting on Raven (an open source Electron app) to add support for Feedly (it currently supports Inoreader only)