Fabulous RSS Reader QuiteRSS 0.14 released

Martin Brinkmann
Nov 15, 2013
Updated • Nov 16, 2013

If you are a Ghacks regular you know that I prefer desktop programs over their mobile counterparts or web services any time of the day.

When it comes to RSS, I have been using the desktop RSS reader QuiteRSS for some time now and could not be happier with it. While it does not offer anything fancy, like feed synchronization or mobile apps to complement it, it is exactly what I want an RSS reader to be.

It is fast, lightweight, puts the feed titles in center and front. In short, ideal for the consumption of a lot of feeds throughout the day.

QuiteRSS 0.14 has just been released, bringing along several new features and improvements that warrant a news post here on the site.

Note: You should not be discouraged by the version of the application. While 0.14 may seem low in times where companies like to inflate versions, it is one of the stablest programs I have encountered in recent time.

You can check for updates from within the program if you like. Just click on Help > Check for Updates to do so. You should see the following notification.

If you click install, the update will be downloaded automatically and QuiteRSS updated. If you prefer the website, visit QuiteRSS.org and download the update manually from there.

Here is a selection of the important changes in this version of the RSS reader. You get a full list of changes on the website of the program, or when you check for the update in the application itself.

  1. The performance of the program has been improved. While I can't notice any big performance gains on my system, you may see some on yours depending on the speed of the hard drive the application has been installed on.
  2. The program's feed filter is now case-sensitive. This is great to distinguish Windows from windows for example.
  3. You can now display broken feeds by selecting Feeds > Filter Feeds > Show not working feeds.
  4. A default zoom level for pages can now be set under Options > Browser.
  5. User filters support conditions for categories now.
  6. Support for uTorrent authorization feeds added.
  7. Additional color settings and shortcuts have been added.
  8. Several application crash fixes.

The update introduces several interesting features to a great program. If you are using filters, you get several new options to play with. The default zoom level on the other hand can be interesting for users who prefer the news articles to be displayed in larger font sizes all the time.

Tip: You can download a portable version of the feed reader from the developer website, and the source code as well if you like. The program is also available for OS/2 and several Linux distributions.


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  1. Daniel said on November 27, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    Trying QuiteRSS but have two things to say:
    1. Is there an option to backup/restore (tags + stars too)?
    2. Why they have a forum but practically no inscriptions? Tried to sign up but no confirmation link. Emailed support yesterday, still no reply. Too busy developing the program i guess.

  2. Sylvio Haas said on November 23, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    Wonderful! Thank you for the tip. I was using Speedy but it frequently brings back articles already read, and it changed “mark as read” to “skip”, I don’t know why. I’m very happy with QuiteRSS, but missing the keyboard shortcuts!! Regards, Sylvio, from Brazil.

  3. smaragdus said on November 19, 2013 at 4:30 am

    QuiteRSS has improved a lot but it still lacks the stability of RSSOwl- I use both for testing purposes and although the QuiteRSS developers have managed to fix many bugs QuiteRSS still crashes once in a while- many times I go home I discover that QuiteRSS has closed while RSSOwl is still running.
    NFReader does not support Unicode.

  4. Joel said on November 17, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    Mayyyybe it’s just me, but when I hit Comments on their main post, as I see all comments in russian- from some reason I start worrying o.O
    Is it just me guys?
    Is it gazilion percent trusted prog’\comp’?
    I also see now it doesn’t officially support my language… oh well…

  5. Andrea said on November 16, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    I really hope they will implement sync with an online service in the future. For how much I like this program, I have 2 desktops (home and office) and 1 mobile phone, and the only way to read my feeds everywhere is to use an online service (since a couple of weeks I’m using InoReader after having used for several months a personal installation of tt-rss)

  6. Minimal said on November 16, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    i use NFReader http://www.gaijin.at/en/dlnfreader.php very minimalistic

    1. hessam said on November 17, 2013 at 12:03 am

      with this one
      work for me

  7. Latz said on November 16, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    I hope the stability has improved since v0.13 crashed a lot on my Windows 7 system. I used it nevertheless because it’s the best RSS reader for Windows out there.

    1. Latz said on November 17, 2013 at 3:19 pm

      Well. it’s stable but slow as hell if I open a feed.

  8. leddaface said on November 16, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    i have tried it once. it is pretty nice, sure, but if you away from pc the feeds wont update – quietrss has to be loaded und running. so i prefer a cloud based reader (inoreader). but the positiv side of the desktop reader is the own decision of the refreshrate. but on the other side, when you are away from home for worling and get back 12h later, it could be that you missed some news. on a cloud based reader that wont happen – even on vacation…

    1. nonqu said on November 16, 2013 at 5:11 pm

      It will. After google reader shutdown the ones that are left have ridiculously high refresh time. If you try subscribing to a popular subreddit on reddit you’ll quickly notice that you’re missing at least half of the threads.

  9. Maou said on November 16, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Will give this a try thanks!
    By the way I´m using the Firefox extension Feed Sidebar.

  10. hessam said on November 16, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    i like this tool but seems dont work
    i add https://www.ghacks.net/feed/ and get error request timeout!
    but when enter address in firefox it ask me for live bookmarking

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on November 16, 2013 at 12:09 pm

      Worked fine for me, just tested it.

      1. hessam said on November 16, 2013 at 1:01 pm

        thats back to /feed end address

      2. hessam said on November 16, 2013 at 12:36 pm

        ok ,i added below and work
        it seems not work with site for me that have at the end address /feed
        i tried site that have /rss work fine but at the end with /feed no work
        here result with CurrPorts from nirsoft
        QuiteRSS.exe 4020 TCP 3610 80 http Established C:\Documents and Settings\username\Desktop\QuiteRSS-0.14.0\QuiteRSS.exe QuiteRSS QuiteRSS QuiteRSS Team 11/16/2013 2:43:00 PM xxxxxxxxxx-14BCB9\username A 11/16/2013 3:02:05 PM

      3. Martin Brinkmann said on November 16, 2013 at 12:57 pm
  11. george said on November 16, 2013 at 6:29 am

    Have you tired dailyrotation.com

  12. Ed said on November 16, 2013 at 4:36 am

    Glad to have contributed $ to this project and hope to see it continue.

    Agree with Martin about desktop programs.

  13. Ryan said on November 16, 2013 at 4:12 am

    I prefer FeedDemon.

  14. Robert Palmar said on November 16, 2013 at 1:28 am

    I’ll have to give this a try.
    The web-based readers, and
    I have tried too many, have become
    increasingly frustrating for various reasons.

  15. nonqu said on November 16, 2013 at 12:08 am

    I’ve been using NewsFox add-on for Firefox for a couple of years. Looks pretty much the same but can be set as homepage and doesn’t require anything other than Firefox. Another advantage is that you can easily store and back-up it or synchronise among many devices with the Mozbackup application, which works for palemoon and other firefox forks too (don’t use 1.5.2 beta though as this version of mozbackup shows malware on virustotal).

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on November 16, 2013 at 12:19 am

      Every RSS extension for Firefox that I used slowed down the browser eventually.

      1. Mike said on November 16, 2013 at 7:29 pm

        Tried InoReader yet? Not an extension.
        Very nice reader.

      2. nonqu said on November 16, 2013 at 5:54 pm

        Maybe it’s because I’m using Palemoon but I haven’t noticed any change in browser performance (excpet the obvious moments when NewsFox refreshes feeds and sends out hundreds of requests).

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