I want to outline the tools I use to consume textual content, and why it perfectly fits my needs.
Who knows, maybe this can be helpful for you too.
(This should have been a pun on “HTTPS everywhere”…)
Been an avid RSS consumer for the past years.
But I’ve always encountered the following issues:
- lost RSS feeds while distro-hopping (either forgot or lost backups of the config files)
- didn’t like the RSS reader’s UI
- needed to install an extra native application for reading my news (both on my PC and phone)
(Yes, I know you could use Feedly, Reedr and others, but it didn’t suit my needs)
Embrace the Web
I am a web-guy (whatever that means).
I almost exclusively use the Web, be it for apps one would have a native app for or browsing in general.
Lately I’ve found my perfect stack for keeping up to date with the latest news:
- blogs (obviously)
- HackerNews frontpage (yes, there is an RSS for it)
- Twitter (although I added only a few feeds, via Nitter RSS)
I found myself checking the HN frontpage way too often, only to make a visual diff in my brain to skim through the articles I already read.
This changed finally once I discovered HN-RSS:
E.g. I get all posts that make it to the HackerNews frontpage via this RSS feed
And the tweets from a handful of Twitter users through Nitter’s RSS feeds:
You can host your own instance if you prefer, or choose one from any other public one’s
Miniflux to the rescue
Miniflux is a minimalist and opinionated feed reader.
The awesome part of miniflux is that I can
- self-host it (a baby could run it via docker and set up a reverse-proxy with nginx)
- Integrate Pocket (getpocket.com) for bookmarking articles or reading them later on
- Read the whole article without leaving Miniflux
(The last point is because Miniflux will fetch the original article automatically if the RSS entry only contains a summary)
You want other reasons?
Privacy, simplicity, clean and no-frills UI, FOSS
This is how the UI looks like:
By clicking on the article I can read it in full.
I use the
Save button to offload the articles to Pocket, and read them later.
Through a simple bookmark in my browser (both on PC and phone), I can simply subscribe to any website or blog that has an RSS feed.
This makes it super easy to subscribe to someone’s RSS feed.
You stumble upon an article, click on the bookmarklet, and Miniflux will find the RSS feed(s) for that website automatically.
No searching for the RSS icon no more.
I set up the Pocket integration mainly for reading longer articles, in a deferred fashion.
Pocket’s UI and reading experience suits me very well.
This part is totally optional, as you could get away with it by just using Miniflux.
You could also customize the CSS to make the font-rendering more pleasant and use custom fonts for example.
You want to try it too?
Below is the
docker-compose.yml I am using.
(just generate a secure password for postgres, define an admin user, and optionally set the
version: '3.3' services: miniflux: image: miniflux/miniflux:latest container_name: miniflux restart: always ports: - "127.0.0.1:3000:8080" depends_on: - db environment: - DATABASE_URL=postgres://miniflux:[email protected]/miniflux?sslmode=disable - RUN_MIGRATIONS=1 - CREATE_ADMIN=1 - ADMIN_USERNAME=YOUR_ADMIN_USERNAME - ADMIN_PASSWORD=YOUR_ADMIN_PASSWORD - POLLING_FREQUENCY=30 - "POCKET_CONSUMER_KEY=YOUR_POCKET_CONSUMER_KEY" - "BASE_URL=https://your-instance.example.com" - "HTTPS=on" - "DEBUG=on" db: image: postgres:latest restart: always container_name: postgres environment: - POSTGRES_USER=miniflux - POSTGRES_PASSWORD=YOUR_POSTGRES_PASSWORD volumes: - miniflux-db:/var/lib/postgresql/data volumes: miniflux-db:
nginx configuration file (
(just change the
Boom. There you go.
Hope this was helpful, and let me know your thoughts in the comments!
PS: while writing this article I felt the need for donating to the creator of Miniflux, so I did :)