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A [work-in-progress] self-hosted, anti-social RSS reader.

Stringer has no external dependencies, no social recommendations/sharing, and no fancy machine learning algorithms.

But it does have keyboard shortcuts (hit ? from within the app) and was made with love!

When BIG_FREE_READER shuts down, your instance of Stringer will still be kicking.

The app is currently under active development, please try it out and report any issues you have.


Stringer is a Ruby app based on Sinatra, ActiveRecord, PostgreSQL, Backbone.js and DelayedJob.

Instructions are provided for deploying to Heroku (runs fine on the free plan) but Stringer can be deployed anywhere that supports Ruby.

git clone git://github.com/swanson/stringer.git
cd stringer
heroku create
git push heroku master

heroku config:set SECRET_TOKEN=`openssl rand -hex 20`

heroku run rake db:migrate
heroku restart

heroku addons:add scheduler
heroku addons:open scheduler

Add an hourly task that runs rake fetch_feeds

Load the app and follow the instructions to import your feeds and start using the app.

In the event that you need to change your password, run heroku run rake change_password from the app folder.

Updating the app

From the app's directory:

git pull
git push heroku master
heroku run rake db:migrate
heroku restart


You can run Stringer at http://reader.yourdomain.com using a CNAME.

If you are on Heroku:

heroku domains:add reader.yourdomain.com

Go to your registrar and add a CNAME:

Record: CNAME
Name: reader
Target: your-heroku-instance.herokuapp.com

Wait a few minutes for changes to propagate.

ReederApp Support (experimental)

Stringer implements a clone of Fever's API so it can be used with any mobile client that supports Fever.


Use the following settings:

Server: {path-to-stringer}/fever (e.g. http://reader.example.com/fever)

Email: stringer (case-sensitive)
Password: {your-stringer-password}

Currently, only reading is supported and this is kind of a hack so please report any issues you run into. If you have previously setup Stringer, you will need to migrate your database and run rake change_password for the API key to be setup properly.

Stringer has been translated to several other languages. Your language can be set with the LOCALE environment variable.

To set your locale on Heroku, run heroku config:set LOCALE=en.

If you would like to translate Stringer to your preferred language, please use LocaleApp.


Run the tests with rspec.

In development, stringer uses sqlite - there are issues with locking if you run background jobs at the same time as queries are being made via the web app. If you run into these, consider using pg locally.

Getting Started

To get started using Stringer locally simply run the following:

bundle install
rake db:migrate
foreman start

The application will be running on port 5000

You can launch an interactive console (ala rails c) using racksh


Most of the heavy-lifting is done by feedzirra and feedbag.

General sexiness courtesy of Twitter Bootstrap and Flat UI.


Matt Swanson, mdswanson.com @_swanson