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If you want to read RSS feeds, you need an RSS reader. But why? We briefly describe what an RSS reader is all about and why you need it.


An RSS reader (often also called feed reader or news aggregator) is a program that allows you to read and display RSS feeds.

The best free RSS readers

Until 2013, the Google Reader was the de facto standard in the field of RSS readers. The API of the free service enabled a whole ecosystem of different feed readers.
Since the Google Reader was discontinued, numerous alternative RSS readers have built up a large fan base over the years.

Cross Plattform (Desktop)

"RSSOwl" is a news aggregator for RSS and Atom News feeds, but is no longer maintained. It is written in Java and released under open source license.


There are numerous RSS readers for Windows. Especially attractive are "FeedReader", "Nextgen Reader" and "Readiy Pro". These are not only slim, but also offers the possibility to choose from a list of known feeds. So you don't start completely naked.


The RSS readers "Gruml" and "Vienna" are very popular among Mac users. This was not least due to the sync capability with Google Reader. But even so, they are an excellent option if you are looking for an RSS reader for your Mac.


Linux users can also access attractive RSS readers. Especially worth mentioning here is "Liferea".


If you also want to be provided with the latest RSS news on the move, we recommend using the apps "Reeder" or "Lire" on an iPhone. In addition to a clear user interface, these apps offers a clear structure of the integrated RSS feeds.


For mobile use on an Android smartphone the apps "Flipboard", "FeedMe", "Readably" are recommended (the famous "gReader" has been discuntinued). Especially the stylish design, which looks like a magazine, can score with users. The large areas can also be selected quickly and easily, which is especially helpful on the small smartphone display.

Web Based

If you want to be more independent of an operating system, you can use an online based readers.


"Tiny Tiny RSS" is a free, web-based feed reader. The application allows you to subscribe to and view web feeds from a web browser. There is also an official Android app and an API available for other clients. The formats RSS and Atom are supported. The program retrieves subscribed RSS feeds from a server (which needs to be maintained by the user) at regular intervals and stores the articles found in a database.

"Inoreader" is content and RSS feed reader, a cloud-based service for web browsers and mobile devices running iOS and Android.

"Feedly" is a news aggregator application for web browsers and mobile devices running iOS or Android. It is also available as a cloud-based service.
The RSS reader "Feedly" is particularly recommended here. Feedly uses a minimalist design and focuses on the elements that are really important - the RSS messages.


If you do not want to get a separate RSS reader, you can also use your e-mail program. Outlook and Thunderbird are worth mentioning here.


Of course you can also follow RSS feeds in some browser. However, this is a rarely used feature, since the browsers do not really support user friendly administration of the feeds. Mozilla will remove native support for RSS and Atom feeds from Firefox 64. They rather rely on add-ons than continue to maintain this feature. Popular Firefox Add-Ons are "Livemarks" and "Feedbro".

Fire TV

"Headlines": in addition to RSS feeds, you can view the weather or display Twitter trends. Disadvantage: At the moment you can't add your own sources, instead you have 60 sources from 11 categories to choose from.