an unclutered personal feedreader
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What ?

I've been fed up with bloglines bugs and don't like the cluttered interface of google reader so I decided to write my own feed readers.

Where ?

I have deployed it on my server at

How ?

Feedzirra does the heavy job of checking all the sites for new items.

Then I just have to store the data and display them, this is done in ruby using Sinatra and Sequel.

I'm using an ssl client certificate for authentication which requires some configuration on the frontal nginx / apache.

Design copiously inspired from Sam Ruby's excellent Planet Intertwingly.


Requirements: ruby and git

  1. checkout the code

  2. install the bundler gem if you don't have it ('gem install bundler')

  3. in the application directory run 'bundle install'

  4. add these variables to your environment or add them to the file using the ENV = 'XXX' syntax

  • HTTP_X_SSL_ISSUER the SSL issuer of your client certificate if you want to use authentification for the reader functionality

  • DATABASE_URL database url path, see here for details

  • TIMEZONE the name of the timezone to use for example 'Europe/Paris', see

  1. in the app directory run 'rackup'

  2. go to localhost:9292

  3. cron a call to localhost:9292/fetch to fetch the feeds for updates


  • '/' a planet-like page presenting the lastest pages of your public feeds

  • '/reader' the reader page

  • '/admin' the administration page to add/edit/delete your feeds your feeds

  • '/fetch' fetch the feeds for updates


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