Fluent Reader, an excellent cross-platform RSS reader

If you are looking for an RSS reader that is to your liking and those that you have found on the net or within the packages of your Linux distribution do not convince you, the day of today we will talk about a multiplatform RSS reader that maybe I'm sure that space will be gained in your system.

The RSS reader that we will talk about today It is called "Fluent Reader" And it is a multiplatform RSS reader, that is, it is available on macOS, Linux and Windows. It is based on Electron and React and is released under the open source BSD clause 3 license.

About Fluent Reader

Fluent Reader has an interface is very nice and like many RSS readers It has the option to add feeds one by one or also It has the option of being able to import a list of them using an OPML file and also have the ability to configure each feed so that the content is displayed as text in Fluent Reader, as a web page or as an open directly in an external browser.

As well feeds can be filtered to mark as read automatically certain topics that do not interest you or on the contrary to keep only what you like ... etc., all with traditional filters or regular expressions.

Fluent Reader can be set to a light or dark version, with a screen in the form of tiles or lists, but it also allows you to save all the settings and all your flows to restore them without worry.

Of the characteristics that stand out from Fluent Reader:

  • A modern user interface inspired by Fluent Design System with full support for dark mode.
  • Read locally or sync with Feedbin or self-hosted services that support the Fever API.
  • Import or export of OPML files, backup and restore of full application data.
  • Read full content with built-in article view or load web pages by default.
  • Search for articles with regular expressions or filter by reading status.
  • Ability to organize subscriptions with groupings similar to folders.
  • One-key keyboard shortcuts.
  • Hide or mark as read or highlight articles automatically as they arrive with regular expression rules.
  • Get articles in the background and send push notifications.

How to install Fluent Reader on Linux?

For those who are interested in being able to install this RSS reader on their system, they can do so by following the instructions that we share below.

We can install Fluent in 3 different ways, which are quite simple even though there is also the possibility of compiling the source code of this, although in this article we will only focus on the simplest methods.

The first method is with the help of Snap packagesTherefore, in order to install this application on your system, you must have Snap support added to your system. If you do not have the added support, you can follow the instructions detailed on its official website In the following link.

Now, to be able to install, just open a terminal and execute the following command in it:

sudo snap install fluent-reader --beta

Another method offered to install Fluent Reader on Linux is using Flatpak packages and to perform the installation by this method you must have Flatpak support added to your system.

In order to install the Fluent Flatak package, you just have to open a terminal and in it you will execute the following command:

flatpak install flathub me.hyliu.fluentreader

The last method we have to install the application is downloading the AppImage package of the application and simply give it execution permissions to be able to launch Fluent in our system.

To get the latest AppImage package, we must go to the following link.

For example, at the time of writing the article, the application is in version 0.9.1 and to download this package, just type:

wget https://github.com/yang991178/fluent-reader/releases/download/v0.9.1-beta/Fluent.Reader.0.9.1.AppImage

We give execution permissions with:

sudo chmod +x Fluent.Reader.0.9.1.AppImage

And we launch the application with:

./Fluent.Reader.0.9.1.AppImage


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