Miniflux: No-frills RSS aggregator

Dmitri Popov

Productivity Sauce

Jul 15, 2013 GMT
Dmitri Popov

The demise of Google Reader rekindled an interest in self-hosted open source RSS aggregators. NewsBlur and redmine/projects/tt-rss/wikiTiny Tiny RSS are probably the most powerful among them, but these two RSS readers are not the only fish in the sea. For those who are looking for a no-frills and dead-simple to deploy RSS reader, Miniflux might be just the ticket.

Despite its minimalistic nature, Miniflux is a rather capable RSS aggregator that packs a few nifty features. The application's interface is designed for readability, and it works like a charm on mobile devices; hence you don't need a dedicated RSS reader app for your smartphone or tablet. Miniflux supports keyboard shortcuts for common actions, so you read and manage articles without resorting to the mouse. Tired of ads clogging your RSS feeds? Then you'll be pleased to learn that Miniflux automatically removes ads and pixel trackers. The application also removes JavaScript code and uses secure HTTP headers for better security. All external links in Miniflux are opened in new tabs with a rel="noreferrer" attribute, preventing the destination website from collecting your info. Using the bookmarking functionality, you can save RSS articles for later. Of course, like any RSS aggregator worth its salt, Miniflux lets you import and export RSS subscriptions using the standard OPML format.

On top of all this, Miniflux is dead-easy to deploy, and you can find installation instructions in the project's GitHub repository. If you don't feel like running Miniflux on your own server, you can subscribe to a hosted version for a more than reasonable one-time fee of 10€.

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