8 Unique RSS Readers for Mac

Having a home delivery newspaper subscription is great. Every morning, we acquire our daily dose of news from all around the world right in front of our door step (well, most of the time). However, at the end of the year, we end up with a plethora of piles of newspapers (and it isn’t cheap!)/

With RSS, you can receive an infinite number of different news feeds right within one application. To help you choose how you view those feeds on your Mac, we’re listing 8 popular RSS Readers available for OS X.

NetNewsWire

NetNewsWire

NetNewsWire

With a native Cocoa interface similar to Mail.app, longtime Mac users will have no problem adapting to NetNewsWire. Create smart folders to categorize your feeds and tag subscriptions where you can filter which Flickr tags you’d like to see in your feeds.

Because it’s owned by NewsGator Technologies, you can sync your NewsGator account with NetNewsWire. Not only that, you can also sync it with Google Reader in NetNewsWire 3.2. Lastly, it has a pretty full built-in tab-supported browser so you won’t have to leave the app to view an associated website.

Price: Free
Developer: NewsGator Technologies
Requires: Mac OS X 10.5 or higher

Times

Times

Times

This one probably shows off the most pizzazz. Times’ interface was designed to look like a realistic newspaper — one where you get to pick the contents in each column. Perhaps the slickest feature is an animation where you “turn a page” over.

If you’re a Twitter user, you might also fall in love with it’s feature to post to Twitter directly through the app. You can import feeds via Mail, Safari, NetNewsWire or OPML but there is no built-in browser.

Price: $30
Developer: acrylic
Requires: Mac OS X 10.5 or higher

NewsLife

NewsLife

NewsLife

If you like those minimalist Mac apps that have long but narrow windows with liquid layout then NewsLife might be the RSS app for you. As you scroll along your feed subscription, NewsLife provides a brief description and a related image on the side.

Despite the lack of smart folders and further filters, there are plenty of keyboard shortcuts to use in the app which other RSS apps don’t support and you can also post an article directly to your blog.

Price: €10.00
Developer: ThinkMac
Requires: Mac OS X 10.4 or higher

NewsFire

NewsFire

NewsFire

Similar to NewsLife, NewsFire has a beautiful Cocoa interface that can also be compared to Tweetie. NewsFire has a range of customisation options e.g., displaying feeds from oldest to newest or vice versa. Using smart folders or smart feeds to organize your subscriptions is also possible.

If you have previously had an RSS account then you can import its OPML file into NewsFire. A recommended RSS app for Twitter users, since Safari140 is built in and you can post directly to Twitter with Bit.ly as the URL shortener.

Price: Free
Developer: David Watanabe
Requires: Mac OS X 10.5 or higher

PixelNews

PixelNews

PixelNews

PixelNews is one of the oldest RSS apps on the Mac seeing it supports Mac OS X 10.3! Its interface may not be the most pleasant, but it’s a pioneer in this list and deserves recognition.

One of its distinct features is the “Breaking News” where it displays all of your unread news. It has a great built-in browser so you won’t ever have to leave PixelNews to see the full story.

Price: $25/2 Week Trial available
Developer: Pixelated Software
Requires: Mac OS X 10.3 or higher

RSS Owl

RSS Owl

RSSOwl

If you constantly use different operating systems at work, home and your favorite coffee shop and you would prefer an RSS app that is compatible with Mac, Windows and Linux, RSSOwl is your perfect sidekick. This is all possible since it’s actually a Java application.

Of course, it doesn’t have a native Cocoa interface (notice the scrollpanes) so it wouldn’t be so unified with Mac. However, RSSOwl comes with a surfeit of RSS feeds, ranging from entertainment, science and technology which we very much enjoyed.

Price: Free
Developer: Benjamin Pasero
Requires: Mac OS X 10.3 or higher

Headline

Headline

Headline

It’s obvious that the Doseido interface designers created Headline with iChat’s look and feel (the green glass orbs) in mind and that’s a good thing! It’s very intuitive to use and has a lovely Leopard interface.

There is no built-in browser or smart folders. Although, you could import feeds from Safari and Mail and share articles via iChat.

Price: $19.95/Shareware
Developer: Doseido
Requires: Mac OS X 10.5.2 or higher

EventBox

EventBox

EventBox

EventBox is a relatively new entrant into the RSS application market, but does far more than just syndicating news feeds. It allows you to browse and update Twitter, access your FaceBook account, sync with Google Reader, and also supports Flickr, Reddit, Digg and more.

It’s a good option if you’re looking for an all-in-one application that does considerably more than just RSS.

Price: $15
Developer: The Cosmic Machine
Requires: Mac OS X 10.5 or higher

Conclusion

We conclude that by using RSS feeds as a replacement for traditional newspaper subscriptions, we are able to both save our money, as most RSS feeds on websites are free, and space. It’s a great way to stay on top of many websites without needing to visit them individually each day.

Do you use any other RSS apps that are not listed on the list? Please feel free to share them in the comments section below!


  • http://www.koodoz.com.au Koodoz Design

    Mac.AppStorm – You are great! This is my go to site to discover new apps for my Mac. However, like everything, it can always be improved.

    My suggestion for improvement would be to implement a user review and/or rating system, so that the rest of the community can make informed decisions.

    Hope to see it in future updates of the site. Cheers

    • http://davidappleyard.net David Appleyard

      Thanks for the input :-) – It’s a great idea, and we’ll definitely consider it for the next version of the site!

  • Daniel Hertlein

    I like Times and Newsfire a lot but I’ve been using Google Reader with the HelvetitaReader plug-in since it came out. I really love the Times interface but there’s something in the operation that throws me that I can never remember when I’m not using it.

  • http://www.saspijkerman.com/ S.A. Spijkerman

    Nice overview of RSS Readers.

    I use GoogleReader in combination with fluidapp and am very happy with this solution.

    Keep up the good work

  • http://www.uxbooth.com Matthew

    I’ve started using Feedly since your last post and have loved it! :)

  • C.44

    I love Times. It has a very nice feel to it. The only downside is that there are only 3 feeds you can add onto one page, topleft, bottomleft and on the right.

  • http://www.milomarsei.com Milo MArsei

    I strongly advice against using Times, as it becomes extremely sluggish when using 10-15+ feeds. I used it as my main RSS reader for a couple of months, but gave up in the end. Took several minutes to start, had bugs with loading the content, etc.

    • http://twitter.com/sulcalibur Sulcalibur

      Yeah I agree. I looks stunning, but chugs along like an old biddy when you have to many feeds.

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  • http://www.ad2.com.br Fabiano Coelho

    I’m very, very happy with NetNewsWire, but I rate the icon :)

  • Guario

    I personally use NetNewsWire. I have been using them since version 2.0. I like the interface and it is pretty responsive. I also use FeedDemon at my work which is a Windows shop. Because they are both developed my NewsGator and they both sync with Google Reader I can stay up to date with my RSS feeds at home or at work. I also like the fact that I can star/flag a particular feed to read later and it is starred/flagged on the other one.

    Like them alot, prefer NetNewsWire’s UI much better. ;)

  • Bob Smith

    NetNewsWire isn’t free anymore, not if you want to avoid ads.

    I won’t use NewsFire, because its default reading order is newest first (bad!), and this default cannot be changed. Oh, you can display articles oldest first, but “next article” always takes you to the next older one. I reported this to the author, but I was ignored.

    How about some love for Vienna?

  • http://jrtashjian.com JR Tashjian

    I am a fan of NewsFire. Love it for it’s simplicity. Only one thing I hate about it: You can’t unsubscribe from the creators RSS feed. What gives?

    Moved from NetNewsWire.

    • Andrew

      You can: just create a new folder for feeds, copy the guys feed into it, and then delete the folder.

      It worked last time I tried.

  • http://www.macedonas.gr evripidis

    Did you check the freeware Gruml ?

  • http://twitter.com/sulcalibur Sulcalibur

    I used Google Reader for a while but now use Fever along with Chill Pill. If it synced with Google Reader then I’d be 100% happy with it, other than that it’s perfect for my needs.

    http://feedafever.com

    • http://www.kevinpowers.com kevin powers

      Here I thought I was the only one who used Fever. Do love it.

      • http://twitter.com/sulcalibur Sulcalibur

        Fever is great, especially for anyone who subscribes to way too many feeds *cough* me *cough* and needs to find what’s ‘hot’.

        I seriously love the digg style system but like I mentioned, I would say it was PERFECT if synced what I had read with Google Reader (this should be standard with any serious RSS app to be honest).

    • http://quintincarlson.com Quintin Carlson

      I love Fever. Never would have jaded an RSS program without it!

  • Bruno

    Times is great, but if you have a lot of subscriptions I suggest Vienna (http://www.vienna-rss.org) : it is AWESOME and really rally tidy!

  • http://www.duinzand.nl willem duinzand

    With the exception of “Times”, most RSS readers look like my email inbox, in other words: the news is presented like a to-do list, a chore. Like a robot you can mark what news you’ve read and what news you still “have to” read.
    Times makes the news more interesting and tries to catch your eye. Still I wonder if the layout of Times is based on how important the news feeds are to you?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003406094200 Richard

      Posted on Dee, I want your dog so badly I am tempted to sneak in and do shtemoing felonious. What IS he? Where can I GET one? I want one JUST LIKE THAT ONE, crap and all. And that’s love, my friend.

  • qnm

    whats with Gruml? http://www.grumlapp.com/

    thats a reader especially for google reader. it works really nice so far, altough theres still a long way to go. but i love it already. and its for free

    • http://twitter.com/kaypearl Alexis Brille

      Downloading that, thanks!

    • http://brightscape.net/ Rob

      I’ve been using this for a while. Pretty good so far.

    • Flakshack

      I’ve used Gruml ever since Reeder became a paid app. I love it. I’m not sure why some people see the Google Reader integration as a negative. The Google Reader integration means:

      * It tracks which articles I’ve read, no matter what app I use.
      * I can sign up for RSS feeds easily with Chrome’s RSS Subscription Extension (https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/nlbjncdgjeocebhnmkbbbdekmmmcbfjd).
      * I can sign up for feed bundles shared by friends.

      I don’t understand why people would use anything else.

  • http://lainie.tabulas.com Lainie

    I use Headline, which is handy for light browsing, but the preview panel does occasionally not display the story for the “headline” I click on — and I can’t retrace the article because it then gets marked as read and taken off the list.

    I still like using it though.

  • http://www.filontheroad.com Fil on the road

    Which of these RSS Readers allows me to download the RSS Feeds from my Google Reader for example, so that i can read it later when i am offline in the plane or so??

  • mcoad

    Good selection, but a great shame you missed out Vienna, a great, elegant, tabbed – and free! – reader with a fast inbuilt browser, blogging support, and a lot of fans out there. Definitely should be looked at.

  • http://thomasmaier.me/ Thomas Maier

    The minimalist would use NewsFire. Times is beautiful but useless, too much, to complicated.

    • AT

      I use Times every day. It’s simply the best RSS reader on the planet. All the other readers look like mail on my fathers Vaio. And to the one above:

      Times is beautiful: Agreed
      Useless: Watch your words! Read the documentation!
      Too much: No. Not really. What about giving the trial a go?
      Too complicated: Try reading the help!

  • Joakim

    eventbox has changed owners and is now called Socialite (http://www.realmacsoftware.com/socialite/) .. good app tho.

  • http://www.soenxen.de Sonxen

    Don´t forget Gruml!
    It´s a great “google reader” RSS-Reader for OS X.

  • Ram

    And what about the powerful rss reader of Thunderbird ? x)

  • Jonathan

    Times FTW, I use it for some months now and I love it.

  • Dan

    I’m a minimalist – Google Reader with Reader Notifier in my menu bar. Works for me and it’s simple! I can see in a glance if there are new articles, click the dropdown to see if any headlines catch my eye, launch the ones I want to read in Safari tabs, and mark all as read all from the little notifier app. Brilliantly simple!

    http://troelsbay.eu/software/reader

  • http://www.macflashcardapp.com Flash Cards

    I have tried Times and it’s a very solid beautiful app.

  • iP

    And what about Postino (Coladia)?

    F

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  • Tanner

    I have just started using gruml it is in development ( which is still noticeable by it’s slowness to respond ) I also have times but hardly ever use it, don’t know why.

    Thanks for the review newsfire looks cool I’ll have to check it out.

  • alex rojas

    The best RSS reader is Vienna. There’s no other like it.

  • g0ldenf0x

    I have tried many RSS Readers in the past and so far EventBox is #1
    if your looking for a all-in-one RSS Reader then EventBox the choice! :)

  • http://www.nouveller.com/ Benjamin Reid

    I used to use Times but didn’t end up getting on with it. Back to EventBox.

  • http://umar123.deviantart.com/ Umar

    Nice collection of apps, just want to inform “EventBox” has now got a new name i.e. “Socialite” Do give it’s website for confirmation ;)

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  • http://davidappleyard.net David Appleyard

    Thanks for all the suggestions! – It’s a great group of links to other options :-)

  • Phil

    I use reader.google.com. It is not an app, but it sure acts like one. I keep trying RSS “apps” but I seem disappointed every time. I am going to look at RSSOwl just because it has so many built in feeds, but if I can’t export them to Google Reader, then I am sure I won’t use it much.

  • http://twitter.com/Shealadraws sheala

    I like Vienna, which is free and super easy to navigate view keyboard.
    I also really like the Flock browser which is designed for easy social media use and has an RSS reader built. It’s also built on the FIrefox frame, so it’s super stable.

  • http://twitter.com/sulcalibur Sulcalibur

    I used to use Fluid and Google Reader on it before I went over to Fever. That was a great option too.

  • elmuymac

    I use mail.app, but anyone knows why when i delete the rss readed and after throw to Trash and delete ALL, always when i start mail.app again all those readed entries appear again?¿?¿?¿?¿?
    I use mail.app 4.1 + Snow Leopard
    Big Hugs!

  • Juan

    ENDO!!!!

    • Aaron

      I completely agree. I use Endo (free, donations encouraged) mainly for it’s ability to preload images in feeds, so that when I go to the next entry, I don’t have to wait for images to load. Check it out: http://infinite-sushi.com/software/endo

  • http://erikjenkins.tumblr.com Erik

    I’ve been a long time user of NetNewsWire. Though I like the idea of Time’s interface, I find it’s just easier to fly through your updates.

  • http://zimon.hu Peter Z.

    If you want to sync with Google Reader definitely Gruml should be your choice.

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  • Robert Grant

    I use Vienna, it’s free and does pretty much everything these others do.

  • http://www.pixmac.com Vitezslav Valka

    I use and love EventBox. I have also Times from the MacHeist3, but used it just twice.

  • http://www.kadr.nl David

    I wish there was an RSS reader that would sync with my iPhone.
    Netnewswire was great untill that made it ad-ware…

  • http://www.m65jacket.com m65

    wow appstorm is a great website keep it up

  • Lucas C

    For sure the best rss client is NetNewsWire, the only problem is the syncing with google reader friends… like sharing articles and etc…

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  • http://www.martinvaresio.com.ar/restauraciones-plateados.html Martín

    The best way would be, when twitter.com saves last login time and other (iphone) apps use this login time to jump (via button) directly to the new tweets

  • ale

    nobody has ever used socialite?it’s a great mac app!!

  • Ken T

    Socialite is awesome! Super easy to use. Love the way you can bounce around between the RSS reader and “all” your Tweeter accounts.

    My only ‘minor’ disappointment with Socialite, is when you ‘first launch it’ it will not sync the ‘order’ of your feeds. It will automatically ‘alphabetize’ your feeds. So, I had to go through each individual folder and reorganize that puppy to match how it was ordered with my Google Reader. Really, not not that much of a problem.

    I know it’s good, because I use it a lot. If you don’t use an App, most often it’s something you can uninstall.

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  • Vadim

    Does any one could recommend good visual rss reader ( images only) some thing like Highly Visual (http://highlyvisualapp.com/) on iPad?

  • Jenny

    Do any of these RSS readers filter content? If I don’t want the same story repeated by 8 different news sources, is there a way to filter them out? I know google reader doesn’t have very complex filters, but what about this other software?

  • John Vassiliou

    You should try Reeder from Silvio Rizzi. It’s the best I’ve ever used!

  • Jared Hardwick

    I am very surprised no one on here had mentioned the latest and greatest of them all… Reader. (http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/reeder/id439845554?mt=12&ls=1) Best minimalistic RSS reader i’ve found so far. Responsive, clean, and user-friendly. Wish it was still free, but $10 isn’t too bad.

  • Stephane

    I use Reeder on Mac & iPad, cute and efficient app that works with Google reader.

  • Chris

    Google reader (web app) gets the job done as well as the chrome extension . You don’t even need to open an app.

  • @pmamiaro

    Reeder & Vienna?

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  • Andrew

    I’m using NewsBar, it integrates news to my OS X Desktop.

    http://www.newsbar-app.com

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