Google Reader Alternatives (Hosted, Self-Hosted, Desktop & Browser Extensions)

Many web users are fans of feeds (RSS, Atom, etc.) as there is no other better way of following multiple sources of web content.

Google has announced that they are closing Google Reader by 1st of July 2013 and, if you are a user of it, you’ll be hunting for an alternative before that date.

It is great that Google Reader has an export feature for getting the subscription list. In short:

  • Click “Settings” icon in Google Reader and then the “Reader Settings”.
  • Choose “Import/Export” and click “Download your data through Takeout” and Google Takeout will guide you with the rest.

You may choose to keep following feeds with a web-based (hosted or self-hosted), desktop or a browser-integrated solution and here are all the good ones.

P.S. If your favorite is missing, please share them too.





Netvibes is a service that is around for a very long time. It was famous with its iGoogle-like dashboard (that is actually created before iGoogle).

The service has both free + pro plans and the free plan is enough to get a Google Reader-like experience by importing unlimited feeds and switching to the list view.



Newsblur is a very nice feed reader application which has the ability to load the real web-page besides displaying the feed-view.

Its free plan is limited to 64 feed addresses which may be enough for many. Also, the application is open sourced (check the self-hosted ones below).

The Old Reader

The Old Reader

The application has a very simplistic interface, allows categorizing the feeds and browse them easily.

Good Noows

Good Noows

Good Noows has a very clean interface, can present the feeds as a text grid or as boxes.

It is free and unlimited feeds can be added.



Tiny Tiny RSS

Tiny Tiny RSS

It has a Google Reader-like, Ajaxed interface.

There is support for keyboard shortcuts, content filtering and multi-user usage.



A PHP-MySQL powered application that can categorize feeds and present them in an Ajaxed interface.

It also works on mobile.



selfoss requires PHP-MySQL to run and can aggregate data from multiple sources.

It can be extended with plugins and works on mobile.

Managing News

Managing News

This is an extraordinary application for fetching feeds, visualizing them on a map and analyze trends.

It is built on top of Drupal and requires PHP-MySQL to tun.


NewsBlur Opensource

Above, the hosted version of NewsBlur was mentioned.

The application is actually open source, built with Python and has lots of features.

Fever (paid)


Fever is a pretty cool RSS reader (PHP-MySQL).

It is capable of analyzing the most-talked-about links and marks them as hot to make sure they are visible.

The interface works on all major devices.



The application is built with Python.

It allows creating categories, items under categories and viewing the as a list. There is also a hosted version.



RSSOwl (Windows, Mac, Linux)


That’s a full-featured RSS reader.

It has the ability to monitor keywords, open feed items in an embedded browser and has a powerful search.

Vienna (Mac)

Vienna RSS Reader

Vienna is an open source RSS reader app that can extended with scripts and plugins.

Also, it is themable.

Liferea (Linux)


The application can sync with Tiny Tiny RSS and has a powerful search feature.

FeedDemon (Windows)


FeedDemon is well-known with its Google Reader sync but, as Google Reader shouts down, that will no longer be possible.

However, the application is also a standalone RSS reader with search, tagging and filtering.

NetNewsWire (Mac)


An ad-supported app (has a pro version too) with multiple views and sorting options.

It is also scriptable with AppleScript.


Browser Extensions

Feedly (Chrome)


The application comes as a Google Chrome extension and mobile apps.

It has support for multiple views and can sync directly with Google Reader.

Feeder (Chrome)

Chrome RSS Feeder

That’s an awesome extension that displays the number of unread items inside each feed and, when clicked, show the items.

It can import OPML files. One missing thing is the ability to show the feed content (redirects to the content).

Brief (Firefox)

Brief RSS For Firefox

Brief is a complete RSS reader with support for bookmarking, searching and keyboard shortcuts.