I am looking for a tiny windows app that will sit in my system tray and check certain RSS feeds periodically, upon new RSS update the items should be displayed as pop-up (or balloons).

There are quite a few full-features RSS readers out there that do that, but I am only looking for this notification feature and would like to spend as little resources as possible for it.

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    If I do this, my productivity goes from 25% to like 4%
    – ino
    Jul 21 '09 at 11:09
  • Try to setup alert for your freelancing job ;)
    – swdev
    Mar 19 '14 at 0:55
  • If you're currently using Windows 10, please refer to my answer at: superuser.com/a/978664/323140
    – SepehrM
    Sep 26 '15 at 22:05

I wrote an application that does exactly what you asked for.


  • Seems to work great, nice job! Perfect for monitoring my superuser questions!
    – Znarkus
    Jul 15 '10 at 12:38
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    @FogleBird if you could add the ability to stack the feeds much like Alertbear does, this would be the ideal RSS notifier app.
    – SiegeX
    Jul 20 '11 at 3:22
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    It would be great if it could integrate google reader! :)
    – Dragouf
    Aug 30 '11 at 8:09
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    I really like the feednotifier, but I have experienced some problems with it not displaying the right items from my feed. But other readers does.
    – Chau
    Oct 25 '11 at 9:10
  • Perfect little app!
    – epistemex
    Oct 3 '13 at 6:25

Way back when, I used Abilon, which popped up every 10 minutes(I think) doing exactly as you describe. I stopped using it when I noticed my productivity dropping through the floor.


Here's a list I made, when I checked out different notifiers for my private rss feed:

  • Sharpreader: Download 1MB, In memory 42MB (popup tested & works)
  • Feed notifier: Download 7MB, In memory 35MB. (popup tested & works)
  • Google Reader Notifier: Download 1MB, In memory 24MB. (does not support private rss feeds)
  • Fuzzyduck: Download 4MB, In memory 14MB (does not support private rss feeds)
  • Abilon: Download 1MB, In memory 13MB
  • Klipfolio: Download 2MB, In memory 7MB (does not support private rss feeds, popup tested & works)
  • Rssnotifier seems to be dead.
  • Enigma Desktop seems a bit overkill.

Please give updates to this list in the comments

  • need to include links to the software, @jous.
    – studiohack
    May 18 '11 at 18:32
  • @studiohack I noticed they're all applications mentioned in the previous answers to this question.
    – Gaff
    May 19 '11 at 5:26

Google Reader Notifier for Windows is the standalone version for Google Reader. You do not need Firefox for this and it sits in the system tray.


I use Feed Notifier.

It's light, simple, and it support RSS feeds with authentication, like Basecamp feeds...


Google Reader Notifier as a firefox plugin

I know it is not a windows app but it is the smallest... RSSOwl can be a good option but full feature tool.


You could give Klipfolio a try.


Part of the Engima Desktop is an RSS reader overlay on your desktop. This way you can have a persistent view of your feeds, even if you miss the balloon pop-up.

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