CommaFeed Offers a Clean, Simple, Open Source Alternative to Google Reader

imagesA new news reader has just come across my desk, and based on the few minutes which I could get it to work I think this could be a serious alternative to Google Reader.

CommaFeed is a free news reader service that is strictly browser based at the moment. As you can see from the following screenshot, it offers a clean and minimalist alternative to the more colorful Feedly.


Or at least it is supposed to offer a cleaner alternative to Feedly; I can’t get it to work with any consistency.

One of the nicer features of CommaFeed is that it will let you integrate your Google Reader account, which I did. Unfortunately, the service wasn’t really intended to work with an account that follows over 2k RSS feeds, and I keep managing to break it. But this is probably a problem that is unique to me, so the service is probably worth a look.

Here’s what the developer had to say:

When Google announced Reader shutdown, I started to work on a clone. It is now available. It’s simple, bloat-free, and it’s open-source. Say hello to CommaFeed.

CommaFeed currently has around 1,000 users (so said the developer in a tweet this morning), so this service probably isn’t a serious threat to Feedly with its millions upon millions of users. But this could be still be a good alternative for someone.

You can try it on the website, and if it fits your needs there are Firefox and Chrome plugins. CommaFeed is also open-source, so running your own version is also a possibility.

Please let me know what you think.


Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. […] CommaFeed is a new Google Reader alternative. […]

  2. Michael29 May, 2013

    hey guys, you can also try, it’s very similar to google reader with a cool design.

    1. Nate Hoffelder2 June, 2013

      It’s a little odd to say we can try something when it has not been launched yet.

  3. ian30 May, 2013

    i wanted to try but the demo doesn’t work. i know also and you should try them also

  4. missreverie5 June, 2013

    Hey thanks for sharing this. I’ve finally imported my reading list to CommaFeed. I like how minimalistic it is. so yay!

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