Beyond Google Reader: CommaFeed

Now that Google Reader is officially gone, most folks have settled on a replacement of some sort. In fact, a few months ago I even went through the process of installing Tiny Tiny RSS as a viable and powerful replacement. At the time, there was only one feature I sorely missed, the "next unread blog" link. Approximately three days before Google Reader shut down for good, I found the holy grail of RSS readers: CommaFeed.


CommaFeed is an open-source project written in Java. It's offered as a free Web-based solution at Although the interface is similar to Google Reader, it feels slightly stripped down. Thankfully, it provides a bookmarkable link that will take you to your next unread RSS entry. That feature is the single most important, and difficult to find, RSS reader feature I need.

CommaFeed unfortunately doesn't have a really good mobile interface, and it's lacking features in its Android app, but improvements are being made on both fronts. I must admit, however, that even more important than the "next unread blog" link feature, is the ability to download the code from GitHub and compile CommaFeed for self-hosting. I don't ever want to get "Google Reader'ed" again. Hosting is complicated, because it's a Java application, but the instructions on the GitHub site make it fairly painless. I recommend trying out before compiling and self-hosting, because CommaFeed's interface might not be for everyone.


Shawn Powers is an Associate Editor for Linux Journal. You might find him chatting on the IRC channel, or Twitter


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Jeenu's picture

The best I've used so far is InoReader, and I don't miss a thing from Google Reader. The admin team is responsive to bug/feature requests. It's a shame that it's not getting as much attention it deserves.


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Thanks so much for this - I don't know why in all the searching I did for a replacement I never came across Commafeed, but it's pretty awesome!


Anonymous's picture

I gave freedly a try but keep getting redirected to a page telling me to download an app. I can't see anywhere I can log in and use it.

I'm using digg reader.

Curious as to why you didn't

Greg Ramsaran's picture

Curious as to why you didn't go with Feedly, which is also similar to Google Reader, web based, AND offers the Move to next feed capability.

And feedly has a nice mobile

Dalen's picture

And feedly has a nice mobile app for Android as well.

If you hit "Mark as Read" in

Anonymous's picture

If you hit "Mark as Read" in Tiny Tiny RSS, it'll automatically move you to the next category with unread items...

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