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Tiny Tiny RSS

Published: 01-09-2012 | Author: Remy van Elst | Text only version of this article

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Tiny Tiny RSS - The best Free and Open Source alternative to Google Reader


This is an article about Tiny Tiny RSS. Tiny Tiny RSS is an open source web-based news feed (RSS/Atom) reader and aggregator, designed to allow you to read news from any location, while feeling as close to a real desktop application as possible. I will go over the features of TIny Tiny RSS, compare it to Google Reader and write some things I like about it, and things I miss about it.

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Features of Tiny Tiny RSS

On the desktop/client side you only need a modern web browser with a bit of HTML5 support.
On the server side you need a webserver which supports PHP 5.2 or higher and a MySQL database. On the website they do not recommend to install it on shared hosting, but I run it on a shared (cpanel) webhosting account (over at Secure Dragon and it runs great, fast and SecureDragon did not complain yet. Their overall service is great, so if you need shared hosting I vouch for them).

Android Client

Android Client

I always used Google Reader on my android devices, but I've discovered the Tiny Tiny RSS mobile app. It is very good, and it has a lot of features:

The thing I like is the offline mode, which I enable before I leave to work. It syncs at home, then in the train I can read all the new articles without an internet connection. Furthermore it has all the features I use, starring and sharing for example.

Things I like about it
Things I dont like
Compared to Google Reader
Download it and set it up!

Go here, and download Tiny Tiny RSS, go set it up on your server and donate something to the author as it is excellent software!

More from the author

The author of Tiny Tiny RSS also has made a very good online IRC client, Tiny Tiny IRC,

Tags: articles , google-reader , news , php , rss , rss-reader , tiny-tiny-rss