Introduction: Lightweight open source RSS reader, suitable for desktop Linux, with all basic functions.
I personally use things like feed Keep up with the latest global developments. However, it is a web-based service that provides some optional advanced features that I may never need.
So I looked at some feed reader applications available for Linux, Quite RSS Seems to be an impressive solution that can replace web-based services.
In this article, I will share some key points about QuiteRSS and my experience.
QuiteRSS: A simple RSS reader for Linux desktop
QuiteRSS is a very useful open source feed reader, it is absolutely free and easy to use. Yes, all you need to do is get the ULR of the feed and add it.
It has most of the basic functions of a standard desktop-based RSS reader. This includes offline reading. You can click to download the article of your choice, even if you are not connected to the Internet, you can read it later.
Don’t worry about adding RSS feeds one by one in QuiteRSS. The good news is that you can import the feed list and add a large number of RSS feeds in OPML file format without any work.
You can “star” articles or add tags to articles to better organize articles.
As you have already noticed from the screenshot above, it provides a minimal user experience, let me also mention some of the other features you get.
Features of QuiteRSS
- Embedded browser
- Feeds and news filters
- User label
- User filter
- Theme options (dark/other)
- Ability to customize fonts and colors
- System tray icon support
- Agent configuration (optional)
- Feed Import Wizard
- Automatically update the feed at startup
- Import/Export feed (OPML file)
- Pop up update notification
- Sound notification support
- Quick news filter
- Quick search function
- Portable version (Windows)
In short, from filtering feeds to cleaning feeds, you will get all the useful features. If needed, you can also configure the proxy.
The embedded browser really helps prevent switching back and forth to check any linked resources in the feed story.
Think of it as a feature-rich cross-platform feed reader, and every feature listed should come in handy.
Install QuiteRSS on Linux
QuiteRSS is available in Ubuntu‘s Universe repository, you can install it with the following command:
sudo apt install quiterss
You may not always get the latest version from Ubuntu’s repositories. To do this, you can easily add an official PPA to an Ubuntu-based distribution:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:quiterss/quiterss sudo apt update sudo apt install quiterss
Also Can be installed on Fedora Use the default repository. In addition to this, you can also use Pacman commands to install QuiteRSS on Arch Linux or get it from AUR.
My experience with QuiteRSS
It is a simple feed reader with a clean user experience. The format of the RSS feed you follow is not rich, but it is sufficient for readability.
I find the ability to add tags is very useful to filter out the stories I read and like. For some reason, whenever I minimize the application or switch workspaces, the application automatically closes. It does appear in the system tray, but I want it to remain active unless it is minimized manually or closed.
Therefore, every time I leave it, I have to restart it. If you encounter this issue, you may need to go to their GitHub page to raise a new issue (unless they are already working on the reported issue).
The ability to switch themes (especially the dark theme) is great. You can also customize the font and color to adjust the feed experience. Overall, it is an excellent feed reader on Linux.
If you use QuiteRSS extensively or like the idea of this open source software, please consider Donate to the project on the developer’s website.
Have you tried it already? What do you think of QuiteRSS? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.