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 is Associate Editor here at Linux Journal, and has been around Linux since the beginning. He has a passion for open source, and he loves to teach. He also drinks too much coffee, which often shows in his writing.

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