QuiteRSS Feed Reader gets first update in over a year

Martin Brinkmann
Jun 16, 2017
Updated • Jun 16, 2017

QuiteRSS, a desktop feed reader that is available for Windows and Mac OS X, has received an update that brings the version to 0.18.5.

The release is the first update for the RSS feed reader in over a year -- actually in more than 15 months -- and a proof of life at the same time.

Windows users have plenty of options when it comes to RSS readers, even on the desktop. You can check out our list of free RSS readers for Windows for an overview.

QuiteRSS is the RSS feed reader that I'm using on Windows right now. It is a powerful program that supports all the basics, plenty of advanced features such as filtering, and then some. The one downside, at least for users who work on multiple devices, is that it does not support syncing.

QuiteRSS 0.18.5 Feed Reader

quiterss 0.18.5

Users of the program may check for updates using built-in tools, or download the new version from the official project website.

Tip: I suggest you export the list of feeds just to be on the safe side. You can do so with a click on Menu > Export Feeds. While you should not run into any issues updating to QuiteRSS 0.18.5 it is always better to be safe than sorry.

To check for the update in QuiteRSS, select Menu > Help > Check for Updates. QuiteRSS should pick up the new version automatically, and provide you with options to download and install it to update the application to the latest version.

Users who prefer to download the program manually instead can do so as well.QuiteRSS is offered as a portable version and installer.

As far as "what's new" is concerned; mostly backend stuff was updated, and there are some fixes.

  • Changed: SQLite 3.19.1
  • Changed: OpenSSL 1.1.0f (Windows)
  • Changed: Application icon size
  • Fixed: Parsing of some feeds
  • Fixed: Switching between feeds in Newspaper view
  • Fixed: Layout in Newspaper view
  • Fixed: Notification. Displaying of previous news

It seems to me that QuiteRSS loads quite a bit faster than before once you install the update. I have no scientific proof for that, but the RSS reader opens nearly instantly after the update, while it took a bit longer to open in previous versions.

Now You: Which RSS feed reader do you use, and why?

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  1. Oliver said on May 1, 2020 at 4:45 pm

    Hey, do know about quiterss installed in Mac?

    I get the message “macOS cannot verify that this app is free from malware.” and isn’t going any further

  2. Seaduellist said on June 22, 2017 at 4:34 am

    Hi Martin

    When I turn Notifications “on” and when a new article appears, its notification appears delayed or doesn’t appear at all

    Is there any fix for this? Thanks

  3. User1 said on June 20, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    I almost didn’t try this because – as usual – no rss-reader imports live bookmarks from Firefox, but I have to say I’m glad I did! Snappy and clean. Actually made me finally get rid of Feed Sidebar – addon that I’ve been using for way too long after it lost support.

  4. Richard Allen said on June 16, 2017 at 11:58 pm

    No love for Feedly? I’ve been using Feedly for four years now. The free version has sync that works great with my browsers and android mobile devices, for mobile I use the app. Sadly the free version does not have a search function but I can live with that. Recently the ability to add a feed with the rss button quit working in FF but it still works in Pale Moon, haven’t been able to figure out why yet. The ‘Add Content’ function in Feedly itself works very well though. It can also use a lot of memory in my desktop browsers by the time I finish scrolling through a few hundred feeds and opening however many articles in tabs, 500MB to 1GB of memory use is not uncommon for me but I don’t think that is unreasonable considering how many feeds I go through. I really like the UI and it just works very well for me.
    If anyone is interested I use ‘The Dark and Flat – Feedly’ userstyle, I modified some of the colors and today, because of a page update, I had to add #feedlyPageHolderFX to line 17, if that makes any sense.


    1. ino said on June 17, 2017 at 9:00 pm

      Inoreader is better than Feedly, you can search with free plan. They also have more features than Feedly.
      Search is the only thing I prefer Inoreader over Feedly.

      1. ino said on June 18, 2017 at 6:09 pm

        I agree it’s subjective, as I said ‘search’ is the only thing that I prefer Inoreader over Feedly. I only scroll around 100-200 feeds a day and I never use shorcuts. Feedly is actually faster and more responsive but the missing search is really fatal for me, that’s why Inoreader is better than Feedly for me.
        Still.. Google Reader was the best. Cheers :)

      2. Richard Allen said on June 17, 2017 at 11:56 pm

        I think “better” is subjective based on a persons need. After some quick research I can see that Inoreader is impressively powerful, much more so than what I need. I just need something to reliably pull feeds from websites and blogs, to sync, and to be able to quickly scroll through 400-600 feeds on a typical weekday. I have no need for nor will I use dozens of keyboard shortcuts. Nor do I need or for that matter have any desire to pull in feeds from Tweeter, Google Plus Size, MyFace, InstaPorn or any other social network. Simple needs for simple people! ;)
        Appreciate the tip though! Peace!

  5. brian said on June 16, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    FeedDemon is the best for Windows while RssOwl is the best for non Windows.

    I used to use desktop feed reader but I could miss some articles if I don’t always online. Now I use online feed reader because I don’t want miss anything.

    1. Jose said on June 16, 2017 at 11:24 pm

      Both of those are not customize enough. QuiteRSS is far better.

  6. David O. said on June 16, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    Like yourself Martin, this is my go to RSS feed reader. Been using it for a number of years with minimal system impact.

  7. Marcin said on June 16, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    I use the RSS reader built into Opera 12 browser, because it is the best.

    1. Jan said on June 16, 2017 at 3:48 pm

      I am currently using Smart RSS extension in new Opera.

  8. pd said on June 16, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    Imagine memory and performance issues may be due to the use of SQLite as the data store. That said, I’ve no evidence.

  9. Clairvaux said on June 16, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    And it takes a huge amount of memory. Currently, it’s at 450 MB. Just after Firefox.

  10. Clairvaux said on June 16, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    I use this, probably on your recommendation. While it’s OK, I find it’s not very modern or refined in many ways. Many functions are lacking or are implemented in a rather lackadasical way.

    To begin with, I was alerted to the new version by you… not by the software, as should have been the case. Although I came to know of this article through Ghacks RSS feed, which sorts of implicates Quite RSS.

    Also, it hangs periodically.

    1. Bob said on July 2, 2017 at 4:31 am

      QuiteRSS has their own feed that you can subscribe to that alerts you to new versions

  11. Jeff said on June 16, 2017 at 11:33 am

    Internet Explorer 11 has a good RSS feed reader.

    1. Jan said on June 16, 2017 at 3:48 pm

      Not really, if you need to change the password for that feed. Not Possible.

  12. Peter Buyze said on June 16, 2017 at 10:22 am

    @Martin: I have installed the portable version 0.18.4. Do you know how to install the new manual version (0.18.5) “over” version 0.18.4? I suppose it is not just a question of replacing the old QuiteRSS.exe file with the new one. But replacing all the old files with the new files from the zip download would also cancel out my settings. I am at a bit of a loss as to how to do this.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on June 16, 2017 at 10:32 am

      I don’t use the portable version. You may want to create a backup before you upgrade. The settings are stored in quiterss.ini, the feeds in feeds.db.

      1. Peter Buyze said on June 16, 2017 at 12:28 pm

        Thanks Martin !! I unzipped version 0.18.5, then replaced its feeds and .ini files with the ones from version 0.18.4. That did the trick.

  13. Johnny Boom Boom said on June 16, 2017 at 8:59 am

    I am using NewsFox addon for Firefox. It’s ok for basic stuff but sometimes it slows down the browser while collecting feeds.

  14. urik said on June 16, 2017 at 8:24 am

    “QuiteRSS, a desktop feed reader that is available for Windows and Mac OS X, […]” is also available for other OS. -> https://quiterss.org/quiterss-for-other-os

  15. RossN said on June 16, 2017 at 8:03 am

    The Old Reader – online so I can use it at home and at work. Free for up to 100 feeds.
    It’s a bit clunky when I want to temporarily change the settings; but otherwise is very reliable.

  16. ilev said on June 16, 2017 at 7:47 am

    QuiteRSS Portable 0.18.5 at portableapps.com

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