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Liferea finally announced the first release candidate for the next stable release line 1.14. Here’s the new features and Ubuntu PPA packages.

Linux Feed Reader, Liferea in short, is a GTK3 new reader for Linux. It’s in the 1.13 pre-release series for more than 2 years, until released 1.14 RC1 few days ago.

The new release fixed an annoying bug that certain desktop environments or themes may make the pane invisible and hard to restore.

Now Liferea will never allow the panes to be smaller than 5% in height or width regarding to there orientation. If a pane is smaller than 5% height/width it will be set to 30% width or 50% height on startup.

Other changes in Liferea 1.14 rc1 include:

  • Supports gtk-application-prefer-dark-theme based dark mode switching.
  • Add search rule to find items from a given author.
  • Exported OPML feed lists are now UTF-8 encoded for better readability.
  • Render <media:description> field for Youtube feeds
  • Updated default feed sources from HTTP to HTTPS.
  • Add new “podcast” search folder rule.
  • Also add enclosures when saving items to file.

Liferea with GNOME style header bar

How to Install Lifera 1.4 RC1 in Ubuntu:

For Ubuntu based user prefer the classic .deb package, here’s the unofficial PPA contains the new packages for Ubuntu 20.04 and Ubuntu 22.04.

1. First, press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, run command below to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/apps

2. Next, either update the feed reader from an existing release via “Software Updater” or run command below to install it:

sudo apt install liferea

NOTE: Linux Mint user need to first run sudo apt update to refresh package cache manually.

NOTE: Liferea still shows v1.13.9 in about dialog for unknown reason. Unknown if it’s building issue or a software bug, and I’ve report it to the project page.


For any issue, you may uninstall the PPA repository by running the command below in terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/apps

And remove the Liferea news reader either via your system package manager or by running command below in terminal:

sudo apt remove --autoremove liferea liferea-data

Liferea feed reader and news aggregator released version 1.13.7 a few days ago as the latest development release.

Liferea is a GTK+3 news reader with an embedded web browser. It supports for reading articles offline, force fetch full article text using HTML5 extraction, and subscribing to HTML5 websites that do not even have a feed.

It may also permanently save headlines in news bins, and supports for synchronizing with “TinyTinyRSS”, “TheOldReader”, and “Reedah”.

The 1.13.7 release continues working on the ‘Reader mode’. User now can toggle on/off Reader mode by right-clicking on lower right HTML view area via context menu option. And, it now allows to convert TinyTinyRSS subscriptions to local scriptions.

Other changes in Liferea 1.13.7 include:

  • Support for user-agent string customization and anonymization.
  • Add ‘Always show in Reduced Feed List’ option in news bin properties.
  • Execute feed pipe/filter commands asynchronously.
  • Fix HTML view blanking when following links by left click
  • Fix UI blocking when using command pipes or feed filters
  • Fix truncated content after Youtube embeds
  • Fix wrong (doubled) number of unread items
  • And other fixes, translation and documentation updates.

How to Install Liferea in Ubuntu Linux:

The RSS feed reader is available to install via universal Flatpak package.

Some users stick to the native deb package, so I uploaded it into may personal PPA for Ubuntu 20.04, Ubuntu 21.04, Ubuntu 21.10 and derivatives, e.g., Linux Mint 20. Due to outdated dependency library, Ubuntu 18.04 is not supported in this PPA.

1. Add the Ubuntu PPA:

First, either search for and open terminal from start menu, or simply press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard. When terminal opens, run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/apps

Type user password (no asterisk feedback) when it asks and hit Enter to continue.

2. Install / Upgrade Liferea:

Since Ubuntu 20.04+ checks package updates automatically while adding PPA, you can now run command to install the feed reader:

sudo apt install liferea

or launch ‘Software Updater’ and upgrade the package from an old release. NOTE: some Ubuntu based systems may require to manually update cache via sudo apt update command first.

How to Remove Liferea and the Ubuntu PPA:

The PPA also contains some other software packages, so you may remove it after installing Liferea, by either running command:

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/apps

or using “Software & Updates” utility under “Other Software” tab to manage all third-party repositories.

And to remove Liferea feed reader, use command:

sudo apt remove --autoremove liferea

Gnome Feeds, a free and open-source news reader with a neat user interface, now is available to install via Ubuntu PPA for those prefer the classic apt method.

Gnome Feeds is a GTK+3 application written in Python 3. It features a simple responsive user interface based on Purism’s libhandy library. Feeds can be added via URL address and support importing and exporting large feed collection from and to OPML.

The software has been made into main repositories since Ubuntu 20.10 Groovy. For request, I’ve uploaded the latest packages into the unofficial PPA for Ubuntu 20.04, Linux Mint 20, and Ubuntu 20.10, with Ubuntu 18.04 excluded as libhandy requires at least GTK 3.24.

NOTE: It’s recommended to install the official Flatpak package, while the PPA offers unofficial .deb binary package for choice.

1.) Open terminal from your system application launcher, then run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/gfeeds

Type user password (no asterisk feedback) for sudo prompts and hit Enter to continue.

2.) While adding PPA will automatically refresh the system package cache, you can then install the feed reader via command:

sudo apt install gnome-feeds

Once installed, launch it from system application launcher and enjoy!

Uninstall Gnome Feeds:

To remove the feed reader, simply run command in terminal:

sudo apt remove --autoremove gnome-feeds

And remove the PPA either using Software & Updates utility under Other Software tab, or run command:

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/gfeeds

RSS Guard feed reader 3.8.0 was released today. The new release adds supporting for labels and basic CLI interface.

RSS Guard is simple, light and easy-to-use RSS/ATOM feed aggregator based on Qt. It support online feed synchronization with:

  • Tiny Tiny RSS,
  • Inoreader,
  • Nextcloud News,
  • Gmail API.

RSS Guard 3.8.0 was released with following changes:

  • Add support for labels:
    • Labels are even synchronizable for Inoreader and TT-RSS
    • Each message can have assigned multiple labels
    • Feed’s view now offers “Labels” folder with handy per-label filtering
    • Labels assigned in message are now even available in message filtering
    • You can assign arbitrary color to each of your labels
  • New bundled icon theme – Numix (Windows only)
  • Numix is now default icon theme
  • Use mini.css instead of Bootstrap as built-in web-base message viewer
  • Message body now has “auto” reading direction
  • JSON feeds are now supported
  • Added basic CLI interface

Install RSS Guard in Ubuntu:

There’s no deb packages for the feed reader so far. It however offers official .Appimage for 64-bit Linux.

1. Download the .Appimage package from the github releases page.

RSS Guard Releases

2. Right click on the file, and go to its Properties dialog. Under ‘Permissions’ tab, tick the box which says “Allow executing file as program”.

3. Finally, right-click on the Appimage file and select “Run” to launch the application.

The feed reader is also available as Flatpak package, though it’s not been updated to v3.8.0 at the moment.

Liferea Feed Reader

Liferea, Linux Feed Reader, released version 1.3.3 a few days ago with a lot of improvements. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 20.04.

Liferea 1.3.3 release highlights:

  • Implement support for Webkits Intelligent Tracking Protection
  • Add Ctrl + 0 hotkey to reset zoom
  • Add debug printing of SAX parser errors
  • CSS color update on theme change without restart
  • Fixes view mode switch
  • Default to https:// instead of http://
  • Progress bar support when loading web pages
  • Drop CDF channel support
  • Drop PIE aka. Atom 0.2/0.3 support
  • Drop RSS namespace “blogChannel” support

Install Liferea 1.3.3 via PPA:

1.) Open terminal from application launcher and run command to add the unofficial PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/apps

Type your password when it prompts and hit Enter to continue.

2.) Then check updates and install the news reader via commands:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install liferea

or update the old package (if installed) via Software Updater utility:

upgrade Liferea via Software Updater


As the PPA also contains many other applications, you may remove the PPA either via Software & Updates > Other Software, or by running command:

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/apps

And remove the feed reader if want via command:

sudo apt remove liferea