RSS Guard 4.2.4 – Neowin


Razvan Serea

September 5, 2022 3:52 p.m. 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 developed on the Qt library and supports these operating systems:

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

The main features of RSS Guard are:

  • support for synchronization of online streams via plugins,
  • Tiny Tiny RSS (from RSS Guard 3.0.0).
  • multi-platform,
  • support for all stream formats,
  • simplicity,
  • import/export of feeds to/from OPML 2.0,
  • downloader with its own tab and support for up to 6 parallel downloads,
  • message filter with regular expressions,
  • retrieval of stream metadata, including icons,
  • simple Adblock functionality,
  • custom pop-up notifications,
  • Google-based auto-completion for internal web browser location bar,
  • possibility to clean the database of internal messages with various options,
  • improved auto-updating of feeds with separate time intervals,
  • support for multiple data backends,
  • SQLite (in-memory databases as well),
  • MySQL.
  • is able to specify the target database by name (MySQL backend),
  • support for “portable” mode with intelligent auto-detection,
  • categorization of flows,
  • sheet-n-drop for the stream list,
  • automatic check for updates,
  • ability to discover existing feeds on websites,
  • full support for podcasts (both RSS and ATOM),
  • ability to backup/restore database or settings,
  • complete basket,
  • printing of messages and all web pages,
  • can be fully controlled via keyboard,
  • flow authentication (Digest-MD5, BASIC, NTLM-2),
  • handles tons of posts and streams,
  • soft look and feel,
  • fully configurable toolbars (modifiable buttons and style),
  • possibility to check for updates on all platforms + auto-update on Windows,
  • hideable main menu, toolbars and list headers,
  • Default icon theme based on KFeanza + ability to create your own icon themes,
  • fully skinnable user interface + ability to create your own skins,
  • “log” view,
  • many skins,
  • support for “feed://” URI scheme,
  • possibility to hide the list of feeds/categories,
  • open-source development model based on the GNU GPL, version 3,
  • tabbed interface,
  • built-in web browser with adjustable behavior + external browser support,
  • support for internal web browser mouse gestures,
  • desktop integration via tray icon,
  • localizations in certain languages,
  • The Qt library is the only dependency,
  • open-source development model and friendly author waiting for your feedback,
  • no ads, no hidden fees.

RSS Guard 4.2.4 Changelog:


  • Smart and user-friendly two-way synchronization of articles is now also supported in the TT-RSS plugin. Note that the “api_newsplus” plugin must be installed on your TT-RSS instance. (#339)

  • The Mac OS X version of RSS Guard now supports the “arm64 Apple Silicon” architecture. (#758)

  • The Google Reader API plugin now supports Miniflux. (#780)

  • Full drag and drop/rearrange/sort categories feed. The behavior is different depending on whether “alphabetical sorting” is activated or not. (f63af3a)

  • Official Windows and Linux packages now use Qt 6.3.1 or newer. However, Qt 5.15 is still supported.


  • Handling of CLI settings has been improved in several places in the app. This fixes calling external browsers etc. (#748)
  • The tray icon sometimes reported the wrong number of new/unread articles. (#754)
  • The app should better handle pinned shortcuts on Windows and allow it to re-open the existing main window of the running RSS Guard instance. (#773)
  • The application sometimes generated empty OPML files. (#774)
  • Item list columns were sometimes being erroneously reset to their default state. (#778)
  • Fixed icon validation for Flatpak version. (#782)
  • Improved “nudux-*” skin. (#783)
  • Stream sort mode/order is now correctly persisted in all cases. (#784)
  • Image handling in the non-Web Engine article viewer is now better. (#785)
  • Better MinGW compatibility when compiling RSS Guard.
  • Synchronized translations.
  • Documents updated.
  • Specific error strings are now properly propagated to feed tooltips so the user can see specific error messages for feeds.
  • Article content layout is now greatly improved as the content is automatically converted to HTML when displayed.
  • Better management of the date/time of incoming emails in the Gmail plugin.

To download: RSS Guard 4.2.4 (64 bit) | Portable | ~70 MB (Open Source)
Link: RSS Guard homepage | Other operating systems

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