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Don’t Like Feedly? Here Are 3 Options for Hosting Your Own News Reader

6958833371_d4397af95eThe death of Google Reader (and the resulting side effects like The Old Reader almost shutting down) has made all news junkies acutely aware that you cannot truly depend on services which you don’t control. This has inspired some news junkies to switch from a web service to an app running on their own PC, but that’s not your only option.

The more industrious news junkies are instead setting up a webserver (or renting space on one) and running their own Google Reader replacement. This offers them the best of both worlds; they have nearly complete control and can access their news feeds from nearly any device with an internet connection.

I was reminded of the DIY option yesterday by an update to my preferred news reader BazQux. It had gained support for the Fever API and thus could support more mobile apps. Fever is the third self-hosted news reader that I have heard of, and I thought it would be useful to name them so I could them again (just in case I needed them).

I haven’t used any of these services because I don’t want to have to provide my own tech support for a mission critical function such as gathering the news, so I am going to cross my fingers and hope that the comment section will be filled with helpful reviews.

Tiny Tiny RSS

Tiny Tiny RSS is probably the best well-known of the 3. It got a lot of attention after Google announced the Readerpocalypse, including a how-to post on Lifehacker that offers detailed instructions on how to install and set up Tiny Tiny RSS.

This service probably offers the fewest mobile apps of the 3, but based on the coverage it could be the most widely used.


This app appears to be able to install itself, so it could be the best option for those who aren’t familiar with Linux command line.


This is a paid option which probably offers the best mobile support.

  • Download / Instructions
  • Apps (I could not find a list but I know there are iPad, iPhone, OSX, and Android apps that support the Fever API)
  • Screenshots (still looking)



image by Glyn Lowe Photoworks

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Bruce September 7, 2013 um 2:02 pm

After trying out Feedly, and not really liking it, especially for mobile, I installed Tiny Tiny RSS a couple of weeks ago. I like it very much, so much more control, and the mobile app is pretty good. Not great, but good enough for me.

SUSAN October 27, 2014 um 5:02 am

how to take feedly out of my devices? my EX uses it to hack into all my pc and phones info.

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