Spigot: The Simplest RSS Reader

Dmitri Popov

Productivity Sauce

Dec 25, 2013 GMT
Dmitri Popov

To call Spigot simple would be an understatement. Indeed, this tiny web app is stripped of all creature comforts we take for granted in most web-based RSS aggregators. There are no tools for organizing and managing RSS feeds, the app lacks sharing capabilities, and the main interface is just a single page with a list of RSS snippets. In short, Spigot is as minimal as it gets. But that doesn't mean it's useless. It can come in handy when you want to keep track of a few RSS feeds without loading a full-blown RSS aggregator.

Deploying Spigot on a server is so easy that you can probably do this with your eyes closed. Grab the latest release of the application from the project's GitHub repository and unpack the downloaded archive. In the resulting directory, locate the feeds.json file and open it in a text editor. Add the desired RSS feeds, save the file, and move the directory to the root of your server. That's all there is to it.

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