Looking for an app to popup notifications every time a new feed item is added. Clicking the notification should open in the default browser.

Can't seem to find anything, seems like there has to be one out there.


There is! RSSnotifier is written in Java and I used it on my XP box for a while. Notifications will open in the current browser when clicked.

  • Little on the ugly side, but it works as needed. Thanks!
    – Tim Lytle
    Nov 12 '09 at 20:16
  • Yeah that's the downside. I changed mine to use the system look and feel so it matched Windows, the same should work for GNOME.
    – John T
    Nov 12 '09 at 20:18
  • Whatever they feel the 'system' notifier of GNOME is looks even worse. (Note: Other apps using the 'system' notifier do not.) Perhaps some of the changes made to GNOME's notification system in newer versions will help (I'm running Ubuntu 8.10 on this system).
    – Tim Lytle
    Nov 12 '09 at 20:38

Try newsbeuter. It's a very flexible and lightweight console application that can easily handle desktop notifications. Just add these lines in ${HOME}/.newsbeuter/config

notify-program notify-send
notify-always yes

Additionally, you can control the format of the string in the notification but unfortunately clicking the notification won't open links in the default browser. See newsbeuter documentation and this article for more info on newsbeuter and notify-send.

Since you are running Ubuntu 8.10 you will get an old version of newsbeuter via apt-get. To install the latest 2.0, follow these steps:

  • download newsbeuter-2.0
  • extract the tar.gz archive:

    tar xvzf newsbeuter-2.0.tar.gz
  • install needed dependencies:

    sudo apt-get install libstfl-dev libsqlite3-dev libcurl4-gnutls-dev libxml2-dev gettext
  • Compile and install newsbeuter:

    make && sudo make install
  • Import your feed list using:

    newsbeuter -i feedlist.opml
  • Enjoy your new feed reader!
  • Love that it's console based. Opening the link on notification is really the limitation of notify-send.
    – Tim Lytle
    Nov 15 '09 at 2:07
  • Notify-send notifications can contain "clickable" web links if the body of the message contains an html style reference (<a href="...">...</a>). So, in theory, it would be possible to hack the source of newsbeuter to handle per-article notifications with link to the web source.
    – mrucci
    Nov 15 '09 at 9:47
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    For people coming here from the future, this project is no longer maintained, but was forked and still developed under the name of newsboat Aug 12 '20 at 0:25


RSS reader for the notification areaYet Another RSS Reader is an RSS aggregator and reader that displays its results in the GNOME or KDE system tray (notification area). To view the contents of the feed just click the menu-item and it will launch in your favorite browser.

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  • I think hes looking for a notifier rather than a full blown reader
    – John T
    Nov 12 '09 at 20:06
  • I'm actually running that now, and while the interface is nice, it lacks (as far as I can tell) any kind of popup notification.
    – Tim Lytle
    Nov 12 '09 at 20:09

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