February 10th, 2007 by Keith

Liferea 1.2.6 – Free GTK Desktop News Aggregator for Unix

Posted in Fun Stuff, Linux, Site News, Web Apps


Linux users can now obtain news feeds using a free desktop news aggregator, Liferea 1.2.6. Written using GTK, this application provides updated news from sites that support aggregators.

There are many news readers online, but none are readily available for Linux, or may require lots of libraries to be installed. However, Liferea solved this issue for you. Liferea tries to fill this gap by creating a fast, easy to use, easy to install news aggregator for GTK/GNOME.


  •   RSS/RDF, CDF, Atom, OCS, OPML.
  •   Filters to scrape websites or postprocess feeds.
  •   Supports Enclosures (Podcasting).
  •   Bandwidth saving by supporting feed specified update intervals, HTTP compression and etags.

Some of the supported Unix Derivatives are as listed:


There are official Debian packages. To install the package run

      apt-get install liferea

There are Fedora Core 3 and 4 packages in the Extras repository. To install the package execute:

      yum install liferea

Dag Wieers also provides Liferea packages for Fedora Core which
can be found at http://dag.wieers.com/packages/liferea/.


Since SuSE 10.1 there are official Liferea packages in SuSE. Please
use the yast2 package manager to install them.


There is a package in the official portage repository that can be installed with

     emerge liferea

There is an official Mandriva package maintained by Tibor Pittich and
Goectz Waschk. To install it execute

      urpmi liferea

There are always up-to-date Liferea packages (built by Hye-Shik Chang) at


If you look for up-to-date packages you should check at darwinports.org.


There are Solaris packages at blastwave.org. These packages were built by Jeremy Teo.


There is a Cygwin port
from Yaakov Selkowitz.

If you prefer to build from source, the link is available here.

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