A Feed Reader (Aggregator) for Ubuntu Linux – Liferea

A feed reader is a pretty useful tool that saves you the hassle of manually looking for updates of your favorite web sites. Once you set up one, it’ll automatically notify you whenever an update (s) available and most even supports reading web pages from their window as well.

There are a wide variety of feed readers that you can find in Ubuntu but if you’re looking for an extremely simple reader that lets you easily export your existing feeds from readers like Google Reader for example, then “Liferoa” is well worth trying.

It has a clean look but is very rich in features and can be “tweaked” according to your preference with ease too.


Main features…

*. Written in GTK+ toolkit and integrates well with Ubuntu.

*. Has an Offline mode.

*. Add/Remove feeds into categories.

*. Import/Export feeds.


*. Open URL via your current web browser (can change to any browser) or inside Liferea itself.

*. Easily share links via Web based bookmarking services such as Blinklists, Digg, Facebook etc.

*. Automatically mark read items.

*. Easily add new feeds (URL, Local etc).

*. Supports using Proxy servers.

*. Search in feeds.

*. Change update intervals.

*. Change between few “views” (although I prefer the default one).

*. Update monitor that lets you cancel checking for selected or all feeds (useful if you have a bandwidth usage limit and only wanna update the ones you need).

*. Change existing feed URL and other few settings.


*. Increase/Decrease text size … are among its main features.

You can install Liferea in Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot, 11.04 Natty Narwhal, 10.10 and 10.04 (may also work in latter versions too) by simply typing the below command in your Terminal window.

sudo apt-get install liferea


You can also use their official stable PPA thus whenever they release a new version you should receive the update as soon as possible. For that use the below commands instead of the above one.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:liferea/ppa

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webkit-team/ppa

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install liferea

However, if you want the most upto date versions (current stable is 1.6+ but unstable one has a newer 1.7+ for instance), then you can use the below PPA channel that should give you the unstable (testing) packages.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:liferea/liferea-unstable

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webkit-team/ppa

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install liferea

You can install it in Fedora 15, 16 (including other versions) by using the below command as well.

yum install lifera

That should do the trick. But remember, these would be the testing versions thus may not be as stable as the official releases. So you it at your own risk.

An RHCE, 'Linux' user with 14+ years of experience. Extreme lover of Linux and FOSS. He is passionate to test every Linux distribution & compare with the previous release to write in-depth articles to help the FOSS community.

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