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Google Reader inspired self-hosted RSS reader, based on JAX-RS, Wicket and AngularJS.

Deploy on your own server (using TomEE, a lightweight JavaEE6 container based on Tomcat) or even in the cloud for free on OpenShift.

Related open-source projects

Android apps: News+ extension - Android app

Browser extensions: Chrome - Firefox - Opera - Safari

Deployment on OpenShift

Hosting an application on OpenShift is free. At the moment those instructions are not working because the application takes too long to build on OpenShift and causes a timeout. See here for an alternative method.

  • Create an account on OpenShift.
  • Add an application, select JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 6.0.
  • For the Public URL set the name you want (e.g. commafeed).
  • For the Source Code option, click Change and set this repository (
  • Click Create Application.
  • Click Add cartridge and select MySQL.
  • Wait a couple of minutes and access your application.
  • The default user is admin and the password is admin.

Deployment on your own server

For storage, you can either use an embedded HSQLDB database or an external MySQL, PostgreSQL or SQLServer database. You also need Maven 3.x (and a Java 1.7+ JDK) installed in order to build the application.

To install maven and openjdk on Ubuntu, issue the following commands

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:natecarlson/maven3
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install openjdk-7-jdk maven3

# Not required but if you don't, use 'mvn3' instead of 'mvn' for the rest of the instructions.
sudo ln -s /usr/bin/mvn3 /usr/bin/mvn

On Windows and other operating systems, just download maven 3.x from the official site, extract it somewhere and add the bin directory to your PATH environment variable.

Download the sources (it doesn't matter where, you can delete the directory when you're done). If you don't have git you can download the sources as a zip file from here

git clone
cd commafeed

Now build the application

# Embedded HSQL database:
mvn clean package tomee:build -Pprod

# External MySQL database:
mvn clean package tomee:build -Pprod -Pmysql

# External PostgreSQL database:
mvn clean package tomee:build -Pprod -Ppgsql

# External Microsoft SQL Server database:
mvn clean package tomee:build -Pprod -Pmssql

It will generate a zip file at target/ with everything you need to run the application.

  • Create a directory somewhere (e.g. /opt/commafeed/) and extract the generated zip inside this directory.
  • Create a directory called logs (e.g. /opt/commafeed/logs)
  • Copy the file conf/ (Linux) or conf/setenv.bat (Windows) to bin/
  • If you don't use the embedded database, create a database in your external database instance, then uncomment the Resource element corresponding to the database engine you use from conf/tomee.xml and edit the default credentials.
  • If you'd like to change the default port (8082), edit conf/server.xml and look for <Connector port="8082" protocol="HTTP/1.1". Change the port to the value you'd like to use.
  • CommaFeed will run on the /commafeed context. If you'd like to change the context, go to webapps and rename commafeed.war. Use the special name ROOT.war to deploy to the root context.
  • To start and stop the application, use bin/ and bin/ on Linux (you need to chmod +x bin/*.sh) or bin\startup.bat and bin\shutdown.bat on Windows. If you use the embedded database, note that the database file will be created in the current directory, so make sure you always start the app in the same directory. You can optionally set an absolute path instead of a relative one in tomee.xml.
  • To update the application with a newer version, pull the latest changes and use the same command you used to build the complete TomEE package, but without the tomee:build part (keep -Pprod -P<database>). This will generate the file target/commafeed.war. Copy this file to your tomee webapps/ directory.
  • The application is online at http://localhost:8082/commafeed. Don't forget to set the public URL in the admin settings.
  • The default user is admin and the password is admin.

You can use nginx or apache as a proxy http server. Note that when using apache, the ProxyPreserveHost on option should be set in your config file.

Local development

Checkout the code and use maven to build and start a local TomEE instance.

mvn clean package tomee:run

The application is online at http://localhost:8082/commafeed. Any change to the source code will be applied immediatly. The default user is admin and the password is admin.

Translate CommaFeed into your language

Files for internationalization are located here.

To add a new language, create a new file in that directory. The name of the file should be the two-letters ISO-639-1 language code. The language has to be referenced in the file to be picked up.

When adding new translations, add them in then run mvn -e groovy:execute -Pi18n. It will parse the english file and add placeholders in the other translation files.


To create a theme, create a new file src/main/webapp/sass/themes/_<theme>.scss. Your styles should be wrapped in a #theme-<theme> element and use the SCSS format which is a superset of CSS.

Don't forget to reference your theme in src/main/webapp/sass/app.scss and in src/main/webapp/js/controllers.js (look for $scope.themes).

See _test.scss for an example.

Copyright and license

Copyright 2013 CommaFeed.

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this work except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License in the LICENSE file, or at:

Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied. See the License for the specific language governing permissions and limitations under the License.