RSS Guard is simple (yet powerful) feed reader. It is able to fetch the most known feed formats, including RSS/RDF and ATOM. RSS Guard is developed on top of the Qt library and it supports these operating systems:

  • Windows Vista and newer,
  • GNU/Linux,
  • Mac OS X,
  • Android (buildable and running).

Supports online feed synchronization with these services:

  • Tiny Tiny RSS,
  • Inoreader,
  • Nextcloud News,
  • Gmail API,
  • FreshRSS,
  • The Old Reader,
  • Bazqux,
  • Reedah,
  • Feedly.

RSS Guard is written in C++. It is pretty fast even with tons of messages loaded. The core features are:

  • multiplatformity,
  • support for all feed formats,
  • simple internal Chromium-based web viewer (or alternative version with simpler and more lightweight internal viewer),
  • simplicity,
  • import/export of feeds to/from OPML 2.0,
  • downloader with own tab and support for up to 6 parallel downloads,
  • message filter with regular expressions,
  • very fast parallelized feed updates,
  • feed metadata fetching including icons,
  • no crazy dependencies,
  • ability to cleanup internal message database with various options,
  • ability to tweak columns in displayed list of messages,
  • enhanced feed auto-updating with separate time intervals,
  • multiple data backend support,
    • SQLite (in-memory DBs too),
    • MySQL.
  • ability to specify target database by its name (MySQL backend),
  • “portable” mode support with clever auto-detection,
  • feed categorization,
  • drap-n-drop for feed list,
  • automatic checking for updates,
  • full support of podcasts (both RSS & ATOM),
  • ability to backup/restore database or settings,
  • fully-featured recycle bin,
  • can be controlled via keyboard,
  • feed authentication (BASIC),
  • handles tons of messages & feeds,
  • sweet look & feel,
  • fully adjustable toolbars (changeable buttons and style),
  • ability to check for updates on all platforms + self-updating on Windows,
  • hideable main menu, toolbars and list headers,
  • Feanza-based default icon themes,
  • fully skinnable user interface + ability to create your own skins,
  • newspaper view,
  • support for feed:// URI scheme,
  • ability to hide list of feeds/categories,
  • open-source development model based on GNU GPL license, version 3,
  • tabbed interface,
  • desktop integration via tray icon,
  • localizations to some languages,
  • Qt library is the only dependency,
  • open-source development model and friendly author waiting for your feedback,
  • no ads, no hidden costs.

What's New:

Note that this is bug-fix maintenance release and all included fixes were backported to this release from 4.x branch which is my main goal right now. RSS Guard 4 will bring huge number of new features and fixes later this year.

Fixed/changed:

  • Fixed main app window behavior when it is maximized and article is opened in external web browser. (#395)
  • RSS Guard installer no longer automatically restart your PC when installing MSVC++ runtime libraries. Sorry!
  • Google Reader API plugin now correctly synchronizes changed messages back to server.