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RSSOwl lets you gather, organize, update, and store information from any RSS compliant source.

What is RSSOwl?
Applications that collect data from RSS-compliant sites are called RSS readers or "aggregators." RSSOwl is such an application. RSSOwl lets you gather, organize, update, and store information from any compliant source in a convenient, easy to use interface, save selected information in various formats for offline viewing and sharing, and much more. It's easy to configure, available in many many languages and the best of all: It's platform-independent.

What is RSS?
RSS ("Really Simple Syndication" or "Rich Site Summary") is a document specification that gives users the power to collect and organize Web-based news and information in a more efficient manner.

Why "Owl"?
The owl is a traditional symbol of wisdom, and a quiet, efficient hunter. You'll find RSSOwl's "big eyes" a big help when scanning the Web's vast array of RSS sources.

Import your favorite newsfeeds using the OPML format. Most newsreaders support the export of newsfeeds via OPML, making it very easy to switch to RSSOwl and have your bookmarked favorites inside RSSOwl.

Bookmark Favorites

Bookmark your favorite newsfeeds in nested categories. Set properties like "auto-update-interval", "open on startup" or "reload on startup".
RSSOwl helps you finding a suitable title for your favorites. Just click the "Grab title from newsfeed" button and RSSOwl will scan the newsfeed for the title and use it for the new favorite.

New Subscription

Import Blogrolls into RSSOwl. A Blogroll is a file that contains newsfeeds. Popular services like Bloglines allow to manage and share Blogrolls. Synchronize the list of Newsfeeds in RSSOwl.

Internal Browser

Switch on the internal browser to read news that contain HTML. Some newsfeeds use this kind of technique to include images and links.

Generate PDF

Select a newsfeed, a single news or an entire category of newsfeeds to export the content into one of the formats PDF, RTF or HTML. When exporting news into PDF, RSSOwl will create bookmarks showing the titles of all news. These are very helpfull when searching for a particular news inside the PDF document.

Window Management

RSSOwl's internal panels are highly customizable. Choose between a 2-column and a 3-column layout. Hide and restore the tree containing all favorites and the quickview box. Maximize the tabfolder with a single click in order to view a website inside the internal browser with full size.

Search In Feeds

A lot of search-options make RSSOwl a powerful application to search inside a newsfeed or an entire category. The boolean operators "and", "or" and "not" may be combined with the search-term. Common options to only match a whole word, regard case-sensitivity or to use regular expressions are allowed. Results are displayed in the tabfolder and each keyword is highlighted inside the newstext.

Feed Search

The integrated newsfeed-search engine allows to search for newsfeeds by keyword. Simply enter words like "News" or "Linux" and press the search button. Soon the engine will give out a list of newsfeeds. It is also possible to restrict the search to only match newsfeeds that have the same language that RSSOwl has set. Once the search has finished, import all of them into any category with a single click.

Discover Feeds

Tired of copying and pasting newsfeeds out of a website into your newsreader? Simply enter the website containing links to newsfeeds into the feed-discovery and RSSOwl will show all the newsfeeds it has found. Import them into any category with a single click. Or enter the URL to an OPML file and gain access to its newsfeeds - it's a breeze!

Feed Validator

The integrated feedvalidator allows to check the validity of a newsfeed. Any error or warning is shown inside the validator, together with the line-number. This feature makes the perfect tool for bloggers as they're able to test their newsfeeds. RSSOwl provides support for RSS 0.91, 0.92 and 2.0 straight "out of the box".
AuthorizationAccess password protected newsfeeds. RSSOwl 1.0 is supporting the Base authentication which is the original and most compatible authentication scheme. Since RSSOwl 1.1.1 the Digest and NTLM authentication are supported that were introduced with HTTP 1.1.

Useful Toolbar

The Toolbar allows to execute common commands "Mark All Read" or "Next Unread News". The Quickview panel lets you quickly open a Newsfeed with pasting it's location into the Adress field. The Quicksearch searches a Newsfeed while typing the term to search for.

Tray Support

Place RSSOwl into the system tray on minimization. As soon as RSSOwl is reloading a newsfeed and detects that new, unread news are available it will tell you so.


RSSOwl is highly customizable. "Preferences" allow to change fonts, languages, colors, hotkeys and a lot more. Export settings into a file to import them into RSSOwl on a different computer. Switch fonts or make yourself comfortable with RSSOwl by choosing one of the 29 languages available - everything is just a few clicks away! 

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