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Liferea Feed Reader

The open-source Liferea feed reader finally reached the new stable 1.12.0 release after months of development. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 17.04, Ubuntu 17.10, Ubuntu 18.04.

Liferea 1.12.0 release highlights:

  • Wide view is now default view
  • HTML view now has a ‘View Image’ context menu
  • Redesign of the wide view: large icons with teaser text for better using 16:9 screen ratios and making Liferea usable on touchscreen
  • Optional AMP / HTML5 rich content fetching feature
  • Upgrade to WebKit2: This is an important security improvement!
  • Added a “Do Not Track” preference (disabled per-default)
  • Reordered columns in ‘Normal’ email-like view to have the date column always at the end
  • Plugins switched to Python3 libpeas loader
  • Full screen support for videos
  • Simplified external browser support
  • Experimental support for InoReader and Reedah online services
  • Added category/folder support for TheOldReader
  • Added folder auto-removal for TinyTinyRSS & TheOldReader
  • Removed libindicate, libnotify code, tray icon code (re-added as a plugins)
  • Some important bug-fixes.

Liferea 1.12.0

How to Install Liferea 1.12.0 in Ubuntu:

For Ubuntu 16.04 and higher, you can easily install the new release from this PPA repository.

1. Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T or by searching for ‘terminal’ from app launcher. When it opens, run command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/apps

Type your password (no visual feedback while typing) when it asks and hit Enter.

2. Then upgrade Liferea via Software Updater utility:

upgrade Liferea via Software Updater

or run commands one by one to install the Linux feed reader:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install liferea

Uninstall Liferea:

To remove the software, either use your system package manager or run command:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove liferea

To remove the PPA repository, open “Software & Updates” utility and navigate to Other Software tab.


RSS Guard, a simple, light RSS and ATOM feed reader, has reached the 3.3.7 release with new features and some fixes.

According to the release note, the open-source Qt feed reader RSS Guard 3.3.7 features:

  • support custom user skins
  • option to switch on/off DB transactions
  • require MySQL >= 5.5
  • MySQL database backend now requires at least version 5.5
  • Size of attachment image is now configurable
  • All textual contents now locally saved in explicit UTF-8 encoding.
  • updated localizations and some fixes.

RSS Guard user custom skin

How to Install RSS Guard 3.3.7 in Ubuntu 16.04, 16.10:

The GetDeb repository has built the new release for Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 16.10, and their derivatives.

Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run following commands to add the PPA and install RSS Guard news reader:

1. Paste the command below in terminal and hit Enter to add the repository:

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb xenial-getdeb apps" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/getdeb.list'

You may replace the code name xenial (Ubuntu 16.04) with yakkety for Ubuntu 16.10.

Then setup the key via command:

wget -q -O - | sudo apt-key add -

GetDeb repository for Ubuntu 16.04

2. After that, either search for and install rssguard via Synaptic Package Manager, or run the commands below in terminal:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install rssguard


To uninstall the software, either use Synaptic Package Manager or run the apt remove command with sudo privilege:

sudo apt remove rssguard && sudo apt autoremove

And you can remove the GetDeb repository via Software & Updates utility under Other Software tab.

Liferea Feed Reader

The first release candidate for the new stable Liferea 1.12 (Linux Feed Reader) has been released. The new series of the open-source news aggregator now switches to WebKit2.

Main changes since Liferea 1.10 series:

  • Switch to Webkit2
  • Support for Do-Not-Track
  • Improved trayicon plugin
  • Support for Reedah and InoReader.
  • Support for categories in TheOldReader
  • Simplified handling of external browsers

In addition, the RC release adds support for downloading content that cannot be displayed by HTML widget (e.g., PDFs), shows new items count in tray icon and minimize to system tray (Gnome Classic) on window close, there are also some bug fixes and translation updates.

Liferea 1.12 RC1

How to install Liferea 1.12 rc1 in Ubuntu:

Liferea does not provide pre-compiled Linux binaries, however, there are a few unofficial Ubuntu PPAs contain the most recent Liferea packages. And below is how to install Liferea 1.12 rc1 in Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 14.04, or Linux Mint 17, 18 using my personal PPA:

1. Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command to add PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/apps

Type in password (no visual feedback, so just type in mind and hit Enter) when it asks and hit Enter.

Liferea ppa

2. Then launch Software Updater and you’ll be able to upgrade Liferea news aggregator after checking for updates:

upgrade Liferea via Software Updater

Or just run command to install or upgrade to Liferea 1.12 rc1:

sudo apt update && sudo apt install liferea

How to Restore:

To downgrade to the stock version of Liferea in Ubuntu main repository, purge the PPA via ppa-purge:

sudo apt install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/apps


FeedReader is a modern desktop client for popular RSS-Web-Services such as TinyTinyRSS, ownCloud News or Feedly.

The application features:

  • Desktop notifications
  • Fast search and filters
  • Full articles instead of previews for known sites
  • Tagging (plugin needed for Tiny Tiny RSS)
  • Sharing to “read-it-later” services like Pocket and Instapaper
  • Handy keyboard short-cuts
  • Keep all your old articles as long as you like
  • Consistent formating of articles
  • automatically saved state of the UI

The application requires at least GTK+ 3.12. So only elementary OS Freya or Ubuntu 15.04 and higher are supported at the moment.

FeedReader in Elementary OS Freya

The most recent release is FeedReader 1.4, features ownCloud News support, memory leaks fixes, sync and other improvements.

How to Install FeedReader via PPA:

Open terminal from App Launcher. When it opens, run below command to add PPA:

add-apt-repository ppa:eviltwin1/feedreader-stable


After that, refresh your system repository cache and install the client by running below commands one by one:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install feedreader

For those who don’t want to add PPA, grab the the .deb package in Trusty series from the PPA web page.


QuiteRSS newspaper view

QuiteRSS news reader now is at version 0.17.0. The new release allows to browse feeds in newspaper layout.

QuiteRSS is a free and open source RSS/Atom feed reader available for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. It aims to be quite fast and comfortable to user, and features embedded browser (Webkit core), Unity indicator, adblock, click to flash, and more.

QuiteRSS in Newspaper mode

According to the release note, since QuiteRSS 0.17.0 it allows to switch between the classic and newspaper layout mode through menu View -> Layout.

QuiteRSS switch layout

It has been found that the newspaper mode has an issue on news deletion. The developer commented that it will be fixed in next release.

Besides the newspaper mode, this release contains:

  • Added: Socks5 proxy support
  • Changed: News opening in external browser
  • Fixed: Sorting by feed title in news list

Install / Upgrade QuiteRSS in Ubuntu:

The latest release has been made into the official PPA repository, available for Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 12.04 and derivatives.

Press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open the terminal. When it opens, paste the commands below and run one by one will add the PPA and install the latest QuiteRSS packages:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:quiterss/quiterss

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install quiterss


After added the PPA, you can receive future updates by running regular system updates via Software Updater.

Don’t want to add PPA? Grab the .deb directly from the Launchpad Page and install it via Software Center.