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Top 10 Free Online RSS Readers

After restarting my RSS subscriptions, I’ve been on a constant lookout for good RSS readers. There’s an overwhelming amount of them out there, an aftermath of a race to fill the void Google Reader left when it was shut down.

Here’s a review of the 10 best free online RSS readers I’ve come across so far.

1. Digg Reader

RSS reader: Digg Reader

Digg Reader is a free online RSS reader that has a clean user interface and all the features you need for reading and managing your RSS feeds. This RSS reader integrates with other web services such as Instapaper so that you can bookmark posts that you want to read later.

2. Feedreader Online

RSS reader: Feedreader Online

Feedreader Online is a simple and free RSS reader. It has two types of viewing modes, a feature called Starred Items for saving RSS feed items, and a filter for displaying unread items. In my opinion, these are truly the only features you need for a good RSS reading experience.

3. CommaFeed

RSS reader: CommaFeed

CommaFeed is a free RSS reader inspired by the now-defunct Google Reader. This RSS reader is open source; you can download its code and host it on your own server.

4. FlowReader

RSS reader: FlowReader

FlowReader is what you’d get if you combined RSS and social media. It’s a great option for people who want to see all their content sources in one place.

5. Feedly

RSS reader: Feedly

Feedly is an online RSS reader with a clutter-free user interface. It has an Add Content feature which aids you in quickly finding new content sources to subscribe to. Though Feedly is free to use as-is, it does have a paid subscription plan that costs $5 a month. The paid plan unlocks some more features such as integration with web apps like Evernote and Dropbox.

6. Inoreader

RSS reader: Inoreader

Inoreader is a feature-rich RSS reader that has a ton of configurable options. For example, it lets you craft custom rules that will perform actions such as "Send to email" or "Send to Instapaper". It has four view modes and four UI themes. Beyond Inoreader’s free subscription plan, it has paid subscription plans that start at $2.99 a month.

7. Feedspot

RSS reader: Feedspot

Feedspot is a free RSS reader with an integrated search feature that allows you to search your content sources. It can recommend sites to subscribe to based on your interests. Feedspot has a paid subscription plan that costs $24 a year, and it gives you an advertisement-free experience.

8. The Old Reader

RSS reader: The Old Reader

The Old Reader has all the features you expect from a good RSS reader: Keyboard shortcuts, various viewing modes, all that good stuff. One thing that makes it different is it’s also a social network: You can connect with other users and share content with each other. The Old Reader is free for up to 100 subscriptions, then you’ll have to upgrade to a premium subscription plan that costs $5 a month.

9. G2Reader

RSS reader: G2Reader

G2Reader is another RSS reader that has the essentials. G2Reader is free only up to 100 subscriptions. It will cost $29 a year beyond that.

10. Good News

RSS reader: Good News

Good News aggregates all your content sources in one place. This means you can read your RSS, favorite sites, and social media in a centralized way. It has a total of 12 alternative viewing modes for your convenience.

Summary

The RSS reader I’m currently using is Digg Reader. Digg Reader has a clean user interface, is lightning fast, and works well on laptops/desktops (which is where I read my RSS). But I constantly review my options to make sure it’s still the right tool for the job. Feedreader Online is another option that matches my needs.

Some people need a more comprehensive web-content-reading experience. My two suggestions for all-in-one content readers are FlowReader and Good News.

If you’re concerned about privacy, you can host your own RSS reader using the free and open-source CommaFeed.

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About the Author

RSS reader: Jacob Gube is the founder of Six Revisions. He’s a front-end web developer. Follow him on Twitter @sixrevisions.

This was published on Dec 22, 2014

20 Comments

Pete Goodwin Dec 22 2014

Hi Jacob, I use Slick RSS, a free plugin for Chrome. Keeps it all in the browser. Works well, but really could do with a ‘grouping’ option. However, I think it will be one to replace Google Reader once developed a bit more. Have you come across it?

Shaun Forsyth Dec 22 2014

Would have been nice to talk about the mobile options, since I use feedly because its mobile app is amazing! shouldn’t neglect that I also have a self hosted TTRSS.

One of the most important online feed readers is a self hosted Tiny Tiny RSS. It is Open Source and has many good features through its plugin system. I use it online as well with News+ on my Android.

Tad Chef Dec 22 2014

Sadly the CommaFeed demo seems to be overrun by pron spammers. Look out.

i am using reader.aol.com
its free, has good customizations (themes)
app support on desktop and mobile is weak still but api is available and also free.

sad story is only that aol (this is not the story wanna talk about) does not check for re-puplished web blogs. for instance, an wordpress admin does hit the feedroll button and all of the sudden i see his blogs from ages ago again. google reader catched this, but well google reader is no more…

but reader.aol.com is what i was looking for after google reader :)

I love Feedly. I can’t alive without Feedly. Instead of combing all blogs feed at the single place, we should create a separate folder and it also offer full preview.

Jacob Gube Dec 22 2014

A list of RSS readers suggested by Six Revisions readers is at the end of this comment.

@sam: AOL Reader looks like a solid-looking RSS reader. Thanks for sharing it here as well as talking about the issues you’ve had with it.

@Tad Chef: Thank you for the warning! I created an account to test CommaFeed for this review and I did not look at their live demo thoroughly. That may not be a good first-impression for many potential users. If they can’t find a way to prevent abuse, it would probably be better to have a feature tour instead because signing up to use CommaFeed is free and literally took me a few seconds.

@Tom: Thanks for that suggestion. I didn’t include Tiny Tiny RSS because it isn’t a convenient option for most people and because I wanted to focus this post on online RSS readers. CommaFeed has an online option as well as a self-hosted option. Tiny Tiny RSS is a good alternative to CommaFeed for folks who want to self-host their RSS reader. Thank you for sharing it here Tom.

@Shaun Forsyth: You have a good point! I’m planning to do a separate article about free mobile RSS readers (RSS readers optimized for mobile reading experiences).

@Pete Goodwin: No, I haven’t come across Slick RSS, so thanks for sharing your experience/review of it here! The lack of a grouping option is actually good for me personally because in my RSS Zero post, I vowed to maintain a flat hierarchy. Although after reviewing my RSS-reading habits, I need to review the practicality of my flat-hierarchy policy. I’m probably going to need to do some sort of grouping for a couple of things I plan to do to make RSS even more useful, like monitoring the blogs and status pages of web services that Six Revisions uses (MaxCDN, WordPress, Google Analytics, etc.) to keep up with updates and changes to them. I only want to read these blogs every few days, and I want it to be separate from my personal content so I can compartmentalize my reading tasks.

For everyone’s convenience, here is a list of RSS readers suggested by Six Revisions readers:

AOL Reader is clean and fast. I tried a few of these listed after Google Reader went bye-bye. I’ve been using AOL Reader since that time and it’s a great-looking / functioning RSS reader.

I use selfoss (http://selfoss.aditu.de), free, open source, mobile apps support and runs on my own webserver.

poisonborz Dec 23 2014

Not a dedicated reader per se, but Protopage is an excellent option. It’s actually a startup site in line with iGoogle and Netvibes, but it excels when you want to view large amounts of feeds at glance.

For years, I used My Yahoo, but it’s become so terrible, I went looking for alternatives. I’m very pleased with Netvibes because it loads fast, offers the same kind of display that I liked at My Yahoo and didn’t see in many other RSS readers, and can load the RSS feeds I create through Feedity, something other readers had a hard time doing.

I found Google Reader to be great until it discontinued. Since then, I have been using Digg and I must say it is a great alternative. Jacob, could you please tell me more about CommaFeed? I’ve heard that there’s a lot of spam content there.

Lamia khan Jan 02 2015

I searched a lot on RSS Readers but did not find any good one. In this post I found free and good RSS readers. It is very helpful for me.

Thanks.

For me Feedly was the best after checking all options on this page. But as Lalina said no one can be like Google Reader.I can’t understand why they discontinued such a good service?

Jacob Gube Jan 05 2015

@Hamid: Yes, I miss Google Reader too. Some of the options I mentioned above mimic the look-and-feel and functionality of Google Reader.

At the end of the day though, the biggest thing I miss about Google Reader is that it integrates with my Google app workflow. It’s nice to open Gmail, and then have access to all my apps (Reader, Docs, Drive, etc.) in a single screen. I don’t miss its functionality or UI design as much, and I actually like Digg Reader’s UI better than Google Reader’s.

21coders Jan 09 2015

Totally agree with you Jacob, Digg Reader is indeed a great RSS reader.

Darin Spears Jan 09 2015

Shutting down of Google Reader was like a bolt from the blue, but I recovered from that shock and jumped my bandwagon to feedly, it is super cool with easy to use interface and options and works a lot like the famed but no more Google reader. But you have compiled an excellent list, I will definitely try them out.

using Inoreader, I like their blue interface

Jens Kilgenstein Jan 10 2015

BazQux Reader is my favourite reader so far (https://bazqux.com/).

Yes, it’s FlowReader all the way, pity Facebook closed its API, now I read twitter and Google+ accounts only.

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