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I am currently searching for my perfect RSS reader. What my RSS Reader needs to be able to do:

  • has a working Import and Export function.
  • Runs on my computer or my server without storing stuff at a second party (Cloud etc.)
  • Syncable between multiple machines with Linux and Windows
  • GUI with nice features like:
    • mark as read on opening the link
    • show the preview of the news
    • ability to mark a whole feed as read.
    • ability to manually sort my Feeds into different directories
    • the ability to automatically sort my news by keywords would be awesome

I tried:

  • Thunderbird RSS reader: I couldn't get it to be syncable between all my installations.
  • Google Reader: Really nice GUI and easily synced as it is a web service, but shares my personal stuff with Google.
  • Firefox built in reader: the GUI really sucks. there is no way to see all my feeds at once and there is no possibility for a preview other than the headline. I can not mark a whole feed as read.
  • RSS Lounge: Is kind of ok, but the whole user experience is not great. It doesn't marks a News as read when i clicked the link and there is no "see next news preview" function. Some feeds just don't work at all (i.e. golem.de). This is the best I have found so far.
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A webapp, have a look at NewsBlur. The product is opensource, so you can grab the sources & host it on your server –  Sathya Nov 2 '11 at 4:05
NewsBlur looks really awesome. I will give it a try. –  FlyingFoX Nov 2 '11 at 17:55
I tried to install NewsBlur on my server, but it seems it uses Amazon S3 in some way. And as I don't want my data in the cloud it seems unusable. –  FlyingFoX Nov 5 '11 at 14:46
S3? How did you come across that? Nothing such mentioned on the documentation github.com/samuelclay/NewsBlur –  Sathya Nov 5 '11 at 14:52
Because the local_settings.py contains the lines: S3_ACCESS_KEY = 'XXX' S3_SECRET = 'SECRET' S3_BACKUP_BUCKET = 'newsblur_backups' –  FlyingFoX Nov 5 '11 at 14:57
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Sage RSS is a plugin for Firefox and so will work on any system FF does. It's been around as long as RSS has and is kinda the grandaddy of RSS readers.

What you're looking for though appears to be a server based system. The ability to sync between different installations of a client-based tool seems to me to be beyond the default capability of any RSS reader I'm familiar with. A server-based system, since it is only really running on one system, the server, should be capable of the features you're looking for.

There are RSS aggregators for Wordpress, but you'd need the database and other stuff WP needs.

There is also the RNews feed aggregator (http://rnews.sourceforge.net/), which is server based and may be what you're looking for. I haven't used it myself and so can offer it only as an option that appeared high on the google results.

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I am using Sage for the moment. The integration with Firefox is really awesome, although it could use an overview feature where all my feeds combined show up. –  FlyingFoX Nov 5 '11 at 14:40
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Try RSSOwl

It is a very customizable and powerful RSS reader. It is feature rich, including:

  • multi-platform
  • import/export wizard
  • local to your computer
  • tabbed
  • filters
  • search engine
  • saved searches
  • embedded browser
  • and a lot more.
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this seems pretty perfect if i can sync my machines with it without using google reader. –  FlyingFoX Nov 1 '11 at 23:34
I just found this, it may help with your situation, not sure: askubuntu.com/questions/15127/… –  MaQleod Nov 2 '11 at 0:29
there is a portable version of rssowl on google code, but it is only available for windows, which makes it unusable for me. –  FlyingFoX Nov 2 '11 at 17:38
RSSOwl is incapable of syncing the "read" state of messages between other RSSOwl clients on different machines for private RSS feeds. (It can only sync to Google Reader, which can't read private RSS feeds). –  Neil Feb 14 '13 at 17:59
@Neil, there is a fix for that: sourceforge.net/p/rssowl/discussion/296909/thread/66397993 –  MaQleod Feb 14 '13 at 22:24
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