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RSS Guard 4.5.3 [Update]

RSS Guard

RSS Guard is a simple (yet powerful) feed reader. It is able to fetch the most known feed formats, including RSS/RDF and ATOM. It's free, it's open-source. RSS Guard currently supports Czech, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian. RSS Guard will never depend on other services - this includes online news aggregators like Feedly, The Old Reader and others.

RSS Guard is developed on top of the Qt library and it supports these operating systems:

  • Windows
  • GNU/Linux
  • OS/2 (eComStation)
  • Mac OS X
  • xBSD (possibly)
  • Android (possibly)
  • other platforms supported by Qt

The core features of RSS Guard are:

  • support for online feed synchronization via plugins,
  • Tiny Tiny RSS (from RSS Guard 3.0.0).
  • multiplatform,
  • support for all feed formats,
  • simplicity,
  • import/export of feeds to/from OPML 2.0,
  • downloader with own tab and support for up to 6 parallel downloads,
  • message filter with regular expressions,
  • feed metadata fetching including icons,
  • simple Adblock functionality,
  • customized popup notifications,
  • Google-based auto-completion for internal web browser location bar,
  • ability to cleanup internal message database with various options,
  • enhanced feed auto-updating with separate time intervals,
  • multiple data backend support,
  • SQLite (in-memory DBs too),
  • MySQL.
  • is able to specify target database by its name (MySQL backend),
  • “portable” mode support with clever auto-detection,
  • feed categorization,
  • drap-n-drop for feed list,
  • automatic checking for updates,
  • ability to discover existing feeds on websites,
  • full support of podcasts (both RSS & ATOM),
  • ability to backup/restore database or settings,
  • fully-featured recycle bin,
  • printing of messages and any web pages,
  • can be fully controlled via keyboard,
  • feed authentication (Digest-MD5, BASIC, NTLM-2),
  • handles tons of messages & feeds,
  • sweet look & feel,
  • fully adjustable toolbars (changeable buttons and style),
  • ability to check for updates on all platforms + self-updating on Windows,
  • hideable main menu, toolbars and list headers,
  • KFeanza-based default icon theme + ability to create your own icon themes,
  • fully skinnable user interface + ability to create your own skins,
  • “newspaper” view,
  • plenty of skins,
  • support for "feed://" URI scheme,
  • ability to hide list of feeds/categories,
  • open-source development model based on GNU GPL license, version 3,
  • tabbed interface,
  • integrated web browser with adjustable behavior + external browser support,
  • internal web browser mouse gestures support,
  • desktop integration via tray icon,
  • localizations to some languages,
  • Qt library is the only dependency,
  • open-source development model and friendly author waiting for your feedback,
  • no ads, no hidden costs.

RSS Guard 4.5.2 changelog:


  • Added new "Discover feeds" dialog which is automatically opened when user hits "Add new feed" button. In this dialog, use does not have to input exact feed address but can enter just regular website address and RSS Guard will try to discover all available feeds possible. (#1134)
  • ATOM/RSS/JSON/Sitemap feeds now automatically use "ETag" HTTP headers which has potential speedup when fetching feeds with no new messages. This can bring 10-80 % speedup if user uses more feeds which do support "ETag". (#1136)
  • Support for Sitemap "sitemap.xml" files is added! Vast majority of websites have sitemaps and RSS Guard now can read them in the same way it does with RSS/ATOM formats. "Discover feeds" dialog has Sitemaps support integrated and it even is able to traverse sitemap indexes. GZipped sitemaps are supported too. (#1129)
  • Added multiple/extended selection to feeds list! Now it is possible to select multiple items at once (feeds, categories, etc.) and perform batch actions on them - batch editing, deleting, marking read/unread, re-sorting - when some feeds are selected it is now in "Edit selected items" dialog possible to batch change only some properties in a very clean and universal way. (#1010, #89)
  • Localizations updated.
  • Documentation updated.
  • Arguments parsing is now totally overhauled. It is now possible to use both double and single quotes to quote arguments. Read "Scraping Websites" chapter in docs to know more.
  • Local files can now be used directly as sources for feeds, just select "Local file" in add/edit feed dialog.


  • Fixed OPML import/export when some feeds use custom script as source. (#1133)
  • RSS/ATOM parsing is now greatly enhanced.

Chnages in RSS Guard 4.5.3:


  • Article and feed toolbar heights are now normalized to same values.


  • Fixed couple of cases where feed multi-selection and/or batch operations were not taking multi-selection properly into account.
  • Fixed some unnecessary prompts to restart app in settings dialog.
  • Updated translations and readme.

Download: RSS Guard 4.5.3 (64-bit) | 91.6 MB (Open Source)
Link: RSS Guard Home Page | Other Operating Systems

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