RSS Guard is a Qt desktop RSS Feed reader, supports synchronization with Feedly, Google Reader API, etc.

RSS guard Is a free and open source Qt RSS feed reader for Microsoft Windows, Linux and macOS. The application can synchronize with services such as Tiny Tiny RSS, Inoreader, Nextcloud News, and the latest version 3.9.0 released today, Feedly, and services that support Google Reader API (Old Reader, Bazqux, Reedah, FreshRSS, etc.).

The app supports RSS/RDF/ATOM/JSON feed formats, and podcasts using RSS/ATOM/JSON. In addition to synchronizing with the above online services through plug-ins, RSS Guard can also add feeds locally, and supports importing and exporting feeds to OPML 2.0.

The user interface is highly customizable, allowing users to hide various elements, add buttons to or remove buttons from the toolbar, and even use a vertical or horizontal layout (the latter is great for ultra-wide screens). Also includes full screen mode.

RSS Guard is a Qt desktop RSS Feed reader, supports synchronization with Feedly, Google Reader API, etc.
RSS Guard horizontal layout

That’s not all. RSS Guard has many functions, including:

  • Support crawling websites that do not provide RSS/ATOM feeds and other related advanced features
  • Feed classification
  • Only show unread feeds/messages
  • Can be controlled by keyboard
  • Fully skinable user interface + you can create your own skin (by default, it contains light and dark skins)
  • Newspaper view
  • Tabbed interface
  • Function to hide feed/category list
  • Taskbar icon
  • Scriptable mail filtering
  • Download program with tabs, supports up to 6 parallel downloads
  • Enhanced automatic feed update with independent time intervals
  • “Portable” mode support and intelligent automatic detection
  • Application scope and network proxy support for specific accounts
  • Fully functional recycle bin
  • Feed metadata acquisition, including icons
  • Much more

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It is also worth noting that RSS Guard includes a Gmail plugin that allows users to send and receive emails.

There are two variants of the application. A web-based variant that includes a bundled message viewer based on WebEngine that can load articles using its original format and layout (using more RAM), while the lite package uses a simple text-based message viewer. Web-based variants include an ad blocker that supports lists in AdBlock-Plus format, as well as element hiding rules and site-wide blocking.

As far as Linux packages are concerned, the RSS Guard developers provide AppImage binaries of these two variants (the version with “nowebengine” in the package name provides a condensed version with a simple text-based message viewer) , And the Flatpak package uses a simple text-based message viewer.

The screenshot at the top of this article uses a WebEngine-based article viewer (using AppImage binary files). This is a screenshot of the actual text-based simple mail viewer (using the FlatHub package):

RSS Guard Lite

In addition to the Feedly and Google Reader API support I have mentioned at the top of this article, the latest RSS Guard 3.9.0 also adds website crawling and feed post-processing functions similar to Liferea, and it can also be loaded in an external web browser Article, proxy support for each account. In addition, in this version, RSS Guard has been ported to OS/2 (ArcaOS, eComStation).You can find the complete change log on the app GitHub release page.

Download RSS Guard

The RSS Guard GitHub release page provides binary files for Linux (WebEngine version and lite version of AppImage), macOS and Windows (WebEngine and lite).The application can also be installed on Linux from Flathub (This is a lite version, there is no WebEngine version).

To use AppImage on Linux, right-click the file, select “Properties” and make it executable from here, then double-click the file to run it.