Google Reader inspired self-hosted RSS reader written in VueJS with a Laravel Lumen backend. RSSMonster is compatible with the Fever API
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RSS Monster

Copyright (c) 2017 Piethein Strengholt,

RSSMonster is an easy to use web-based RSS aggregator and reader compatible with the Fever API, created as an alternative for Google Reader. RSSMonster features a lightweight fluid responsive design. The font-end has been written in JavaScript (VueJS) and the back-end in PHP (Laravel Lumen). It also uses the Twitter Boostrap framework. Several features are implemented such as marking as read when scrolling, drag and drop style manage feeds, json events, etc. Feel free to add any contributions or new features.



  • PHP >= 7.0
  • OpenSSL PHP Extension
  • Mbstring PHP Extension
  • Tokenizer PHP Extension
  • Git
  • A mysql installation (other databases will also work with a bit of configuration)
  • Composer

How to get everything running

  • Clone this repository git clone .
  • Find the .env.example file in the root of the project, copy it and rename to .env
  • Edit .env and enter your mysql server login data (at least fill DB_DATABASE, DB_USERNAME and DB_PASSWORD)
  • Start a command prompt and browse to the folder to which you checked out
  • Run composer install this will install all dependencies and might take a while
  • Run php artisan key:generate this will generate your individual application key, so that passwords are safe
  • Run npm install to install node dependencies, when using windows you might need to run npm install --global --production windows-build-tools first.
  • Update the resources/assets/js/config.js and set the right path
  • Run npm run production to compile all JS files
  • Run php artisan migrate this will add all needed database tables to your mysql database
  • Run chmod -R 777 storage/ The path may vary based on your configuration.
  • Navigate to http://yourRSSMonsterurl/index.php and add feeds by using the top menu
  • Add a cron job to pull articles: curl -s http://yourRSSMonsterurl/api/feed/updateall

If you would like to run RSSMonster in development mode I recommand to run npm run watch

Reeder (iOS) integration support (via Fever API)

Reeder (iOS) support have been added. To use the Reeder API (, point to the following url:


Any username and password will work. You might need to change the redirect in the .htaccess inside the public folder. Change "/lumen/public/" to the location where RSSMonster has been deployed.


The following scripts and plug-ins are used within RSSMonster