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SiloZippr aims to be a push-based realtime newsreader. It can combine various timelines into a single one.
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SiloZippr aims to be a push-based realtime newsreader. It can combine various timelines into a single one. And if you've read the news, you simply delete them from the database. No need to build another silo...

SiloZippr is realtime in two ways:

  • It combines node.js, WebSockets and Apache CouchDB to build a newsreader, where every new entry to the database will get pushed to your browser, which gives you a down-to-zero delay compared to traditional polling.
  • Subscription of pubsubhubbub-enabled feeds using the Pubsubhubbub protocol. Services using PubSubHubBub:,, Google Alerts etc
  • (experimental) By using you can get updates pushed to you.

At the moment three different sources can be used to fill SiloZippr with new entries:

  • traditional rss/atom feed polling through a builtin feed aggregator.
  • Twitter through their streaming-api. You will get new tweets in your timeline with zero delay.
  • (experimental) through their XMPP API. Superfeedr is a really cool service, which handles the feed aggregation in realtime for you. Means: If Superfeedr detects updates for a subscribed feed, SiloZippr gets a push notification from Superfeedr. If the subscribed feed enables Pubsubhubbub the updates will happen in realtime. In fact Superfeedr is a paid service, but new users have 25000 notifications for free at start, so you can test it without any hassle.

Current status

Early beta


 git clone silozippr
 cd silozippr
 npm install
 node bin/server.js


Copy config.json.example to config.json. Single services can be enabled/disabled.

  • add the credentials for your CouchDb. You can of course use free CouchDB services like IrisCouch or Cloudant!
  • add your login data into the app section
  • to setup twitter delivery, got to to create an app and add the required tokens to the twitter part of json.config
  • to enable Superfeedr enter your login and password to the Superfeedr part of the config.json

Process monitoring

It's recommended to use a process monitor like Supervisord to run SiloZippr.

What's on the TODO list?

  • distribe via NPM
  • archive function
  • share items with the world through a pubsubhubbub enabled feed
  • integration of services to share items, like instapaper, bookmark services etc.
  • more twitter features like posting status updates, retweeting and inline media.
  • handling of malicious markup
  • rebuild UI with Enyo
  • add clients for more silos, like G+ for example
  • reduce dependencies
  • get it run on PaaS platforms lke or Problem is node-xmpp dependencies.
  • test, tests

css framework / icons used

License (Affero GPL 3)

Copyright (C) 2012 Martin Borho

This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU Affero General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU Affero General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU Affero General Public License along with this program. If not, see

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