RSS Guard 4.0.3 – Neowin

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Sep 24, 2021 7:28 AM EDT

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

RSS Guard is built on top of the Qt library and supports the following operating systems:

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

The main features of RSS Guard are:

  • support for online stream synchronization via plugins,
  • Tiny Tiny RSS (from RSS Guard 3.0.0).
  • multi platform,
  • support for all stream formats,
  • simplicity,
  • import / export of streams to / from OPML 2.0,
  • downloader with its own tab and support for up to 6 parallel downloads,
  • message filter with regular expressions,
  • retrieving feed metadata, including icons,
  • simple Adblock functionality,
  • personalized pop-up notifications,
  • Google-based auto-completion for the internal web browser’s address bar,
  • possibility to clean the internal message database with various options,
  • automatic update of improved feeds with separate time intervals,
  • support for multiple data backends,
  • SQLite (databases in memory too),
  • MySQL.
  • is able to specify the target database by name (MySQL backend),
  • Support for “portable” mode with intelligent automatic detection,
  • food categorization,
  • drap-n-drop for the stream list,
  • automatic checking of updates,
  • possibility of discovering existing feeds on websites,
  • full podcast support (both RSS and ATOM),
  • possibility of backing up / restoring the database or the parameters,
  • complete basket,
  • printing of messages and all web pages,
  • can be fully controlled via the keyboard,
  • stream authentication (Digest-MD5, BASIC, NTLM-2),
  • manages tons of messages and flows,
  • soft look & feel,
  • fully adjustable toolbars (editable buttons and style),
  • possibility to check for updates on all platforms + auto-update on Windows,
  • main menu, toolbars and hideable list headers,
  • Default icon theme based on KFeanza + possibility to create your own icon themes,
  • fully customizable user interface + possibility to create your own skins,
  • “journal” view,
  • a lot of skins,
  • support for the “feed: //” URI scheme,
  • possibility to hide the list of feeds / categories,
  • open source development model based on the GNU GPL license, version 3,
  • tabbed interface,
  • integrated web browser with adjustable behavior + external browser support,
  • support for internal web browser mouse gestures,
  • integration into the desktop via the status bar icon,
  • localizations in certain languages,
  • The Qt library is the only dependency,
  • open source development model and sympathetic author waiting for your feedback,
  • no advertising, no hidden costs.

RSS Guard 4.0.3 Release Notes:


  • It is now possible to disable hard-coded keyboard shortcuts in feed / article lists so that user-defined single-line shortcuts can work properly. (# 484)
  • The skins have reverted to 4.0.1 because they were very buggy. Previous skins were stable and will be used for the time to come. I will be making a brand new polished skin in a future release which will not replace existing skins but will be added.


  • The Settings dialog now remembers its size and also adds scroll bars if needed. Was also polite a bit. (# 493)
  • The standard “RSS / ATOM / …” service / account icon has been updated to be the “RSS” icon, not the “RSS Guard” icon and is also pre-selected in the “Add” dialog box. an account”.
  • Updated documentation and translations.
  • The lower “Written By” section of the article preview now uses the same date / time format as the article list.
  • Redesigned code.
  • Icons are now correctly loaded when retrieving the list of feeds in Tiny Tiny RSS.
  • Online article search now uses a much smaller timeframe after entering the search phrase.

To download: RSS Guard 4.0.3 (64 bit) | Portable | ~ 70 MB (Open Source)
Connect: Home page RSS Guard | Other operating systems

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