A Directory of The Best RSS readers

This is by no means a definitive list, but I’ve tested these programs and found them all to be worthwhile. Some more additions after feedback. Please keep the suggestions coming. (These are mainly Windows programs: At some point I’ll do a Mac list, suggestions for that also welcome)

  • Awasu A free Windows RSS client, allowing monitoring of a variety of news sites and weblogs around the world. Using plugin architecture, can also be customized to monitor databases, email accounts, and other resources
  • FeedReader Freeware application for Windows.
  • Newz Crawler Provides access to news content from several sources, including XML, RSS, Usenet, and the Web.
  • NewsGator News aggregator that runs in Microsoft Outlook. Site features product overview, online tutorial and trial download.
  • Novobot A heavily featured desktop newsreader, that can also scrape non-RSS’d sites
  • RSS Bandit A free desktop news aggregator for Windows built on the .NET Framework.
  • RocketInfo The Rocketinfo RSS Reader is a FREE personal news and information tool that allows you to search, subscribe, read and track content from thousands of RSS and Weblog sources.
  • FeedDemon FeedDemon enables you to quickly explore the world of RSS from your desktop without having to visit hundreds of sites. Written by Nick Bradbury, creator of TopStyle and HomeSite, FeedDemon makes RSS as easy to access as your email.
  • Abilon Abilon displays headlines from RSS (Rich Site Summary) Channels in an easy to read format. It is small (364 kb), fast, and free. Adding new channels is as simple as right-clicking and entering the address of the feed.
  • RssReader RssReader collects news in the background at user configurable intervals and warn with a little popup in the system tray that there is a new message arrived. You can click the news headline to see a short description of the news and click or open the original news web page in an RssReader browser or default browser window.
  • SauceReader Clean, intuitive Outlook 2003 style user interface. Integrated weblogging environment with full posting functionality. Share content with friends using the Windows Messenger integration. Automatic application updates. Feed discovery and one-click subscription to RSS and Atom feeds. Full-text search of archived items.
  • RSSOwl (thanks, Sam Prince) It lets you gather, organize, update, and store information from any compliant source in a convenient, easy to use interface, save selected information in various formats for offline viewing and sharing, and much more. RSSOwl is also free of charge, fast, cross-platform, and unobtrusive. It’s easy to install, easy to use, and easy to move.
  • Bloglines (thanks Mark) Bloglines is the most comprehensive, integrated service for searching, subscribing, publishing and sharing news feeds, blogs, and rich Web content. It’s free and easy-to-use.
  • SharpReader SharpReader is an RSS/Atom Aggregator for Windows, created by Luke Hutteman.
  • BlogMatrix Jäger (thanks, Dewayne Mikkelson) BlogMatrix Jäger is an extensible “one-panel” reader, taking up a very small amount of screen space, and includes a synchronization feature. (+ Mac)

Here are some others I haven’t tried, but which have been suggested by readers:

50 thoughts on “A Directory of The Best RSS readers

  1. As a user of Bloglines I can only agree with the recommendation. I’ve tried several desktop RSS readers, but Bloglines beats them hands down, because I can access it from any computer. It even integrates nicely with Firefox using an extension.

  2. Add me to the list of Bloglines fans. I too have tried about half a dozen readers and Bloglines is by far the best out there. The RocketInfo one is not too bad too however.

  3. We’re around with a web-based aggregator since 6 years – you should have heard about it – NewsIsFree.com. Btw-we’re also the biggest producers of (free) RSS feeds for a variety of sites out there who still have no rss feeds. – oh – and i didn’t even mention our news maps :)

  4. 404Browser version 1.5 has supported RSS and it ranks the news items by user preference (the user is able to score the news story from a scale of 1 to 5).

  5. Very Interesting Site.I use firefox 1.0.2 and newzcrawler.Very good both of them.keep going.thanks

  6. This is a pure HTML RSS Reader, based on Lightstreamer technology, that does not require to download applets or application. It streams new headlines to any browser without refreshing the page, in true-push fashion (so you just keep the browser window open and you will see any update through streaming).

    You can check the demo out here: http://app.lightstreamer.com/RSSDemo/

    To know more info about Lightstreamer, you can visit this site: http://www.lightstreamer.com.

  7. How about adding Pluck to the list? We may not be the most popular RSS reader (yet), but like Avis, we try harder. Check out Pluck for Internet Explorer and Pluck Web Edition.

  8. 1. get firefox
    2. get add live bookmark extension.
    3. add new toolbar – name it address bar, move your search bar on to this bar.
    4. go to manage bookmarks and create folders for the feed categories that you’d need. make sure to create them in bookmarks toolbar folder.
    5. browse and add your feeds.
    6. voila best rss integration ever within the confines of your browser. nothing can top this.

  9. 1. get firefox
    2. get add live bookmark extension.
    3. add new toolbar – name it address bar, move your search bar on to this bar.
    4. go to manage bookmarks and create folders for the feed categories that you’d need. make sure to create them in bookmarks toolbar folder.
    5. browse and add your feeds.
    6. voila best rss integration ever within the confines of your browser. nothing can top this.

  10. 1. get firefox
    2. get add live bookmark extension.
    3. add new toolbar – name it address bar, move your search bar on to this bar.
    4. go to manage bookmarks and create folders for the feed categories that you’d need. make sure to create them in bookmarks toolbar folder.
    5. browse and add your feeds.
    6. voila best rss integration ever within the confines of your browser. nothing can top this.

  11. To all the bloglines fans, you really should switch to newsgator it’s much easier to configure and use and has all the features that bloglines does for reading feeds.

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