Lightread: The Best RSS Reader for Ubuntu Linux

I have tried several RSS readers for Ubuntu over the nearly 2 years I have been using it, and always ended up going back to Google Reader’s web site, as none of them really fit the bill. However, lately, I have been using Lightread, a beautiful Google RSS Feeds reader developed for the Ubuntu App Showdown, and which is compatible with Ubuntu 12.04, 12.10, and 13.04. It has a wealth of settings, and features, and I have found it to be the best Google RSS Reader for Ubuntu!

Features include:LIGHTREAD

-Google Reader compatibility

-Notification bubbles on sync

-Offline Support

-Rename or Unsubcribe from feeds from within the app

-‘Unread’, ‘Starred’, and ‘All’ views

-Share articles with Instagram, Gwibber, or Pocket users

-Star, Mark as Unread, and Search items in your RSS feeds

Settings for lightread

You can download Lightread here or, if like me, when you click on that link, the Ubuntu Software Center tells you no such app exists, you can manually install it using the terminal.Launch the terminal by simultaniously pressing CTRL-ALT-T, or using the dash, search for ‘terminal’. Once you have launched the terminal, copy the following commands into it.

  • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:cooperjona/lightread
  • sudo apt-get update
  • sudo apt-get install lightread

Now, search ‘Lightread’ in the dash, and enjoy!

Overall Impression


Lightread is a useful, lightweight RSS reader that is elegant in its simplicity. It provides all the features I would expect in an RSS reader in a very well executed way.

Thanks for reading and feel free to comment on this or any article on my blog!



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