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Best Free Rss Reader

by James 28 November 2008 14 Comments

The Freeware Mission continues, prouder than ever. My computer is running smoothly with only freeware programs installed. Actually it wants more! Today I’m going to give it the best free RSS reader. There are many of them but only one will be my pick.


After a lot of testing only two free RSS readers remained in my attention: RSS Bandit and FeedDemon. I must say that both are very good freeware programs, but the better of the two for me is… FeedDemon. And I’ll tell you want convinced me: it’s fast, reliable, looks nice and the navigation is awesome. I especially like the possibility to open links and feeds in new tabs, something like Firefox’s way of navigating. It has an integrated web browser but if you want to you can set it to open the links in the browser that you choose.


I was impressed with FeedDemon. I was using Google Reader for my feed subscription, but now it’s history! I wonder how many of the people that subscribed to my feed are using FeedDemon 🙂 FeedBurner’s statistics for the last 30 days show that only 4%! The vast majority are using Google Reader or the e-mail subscription.

You can download FeedDemon from here, it’s free!

My Evaluation


Operating System

Windows All


3.9 MB


Bradbury Software

Version Tested


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  • Anonymous said:

    FeedDemon is not a free application. It is only free for download.

  • Johnny Karp said:

    Are you absolutely sure? Because I’m using FeedDemon and I didn’t pay a cent! Could you tell me how much does it cost? I downloaded it from their own website and I’m using it fair and square. So I guess you probably don’t know what you’re talking about. Cheers.

  • Freeware Software Downloads said:

    It’s a good RSS Reader. Keep up the good work!

  • Johnny Karp said:

    Thanks, good luck with your site. Looks good so far 🙂

  • Camarilla said:

    Personally, I will stick with RSS Owl, I like it’s layout better. It is a simpler solution, which to me makes it better.

  • Johnny Karp said:

    RSS Owl is not a bad program at all, good choice. Thanks for sharing your view.

  • JP1989 said:

    How about Google Reader? The interface is not bad, but I think the best is that you can access wherever you are with an internet connection.

  • Johnny Karp said:

    I agree that Google Reader is a good solution. I was using it in the past, but I wanted a program that could do more. But just for reading your feeds anywhere Google Reader is very good indeed.

  • Revan343 said:

    @Johnny Karp
    Because if you’re talking about software on the Tubes, (‘specially if you’re a *nix user, or like GNU), ‘free’ usually does not mean ‘does not cost money’, ‘free’ means non-proprietary. ‘Free’ means Open-Source, GPL, CC, etc.

    So while FeedDemon is Free-as-in-freeware, it is not free-as-in-freedom.

    Not that anybody actually cares, it works and does not cost money, so it’s a small price to pay if the source is not available.

    Sidenote: I’m pretty sure this is the first time I’ve had a chance to actually comment on here, so I’d just like to say that I really love this site and have made a lot of my software choices because of it (DVD Styler FTW!). Thanks, and keep being awesome.

  • rono said:

    Its a adware mainly you need to purchase a serial key for removing the ad.But ad is not much annoying to work with its fuction so its a pretty good for calling as a freeware.

  • Jordan Edwards said:

    RSS Feeds are really very helpful and you could get site and news updates from it.~*.

  • nk said:

    Have you tried Channelorama yet?

    Channelorama is a free, customizable online RSS reader that allows you to create and manage a personalized list of RSS channels from a list of available sources. You can add your own website or blog among these sources to gain more exposure for your content. You and other users can also rate and review every channel so that the most popular content is pushed up in the channel list. Registration is NOT compulsory to use Channelorama.

  • Sofa Slipcover  said:

    i use RSS Feeds to syndicate my blog on other blogs`,,

  • Tungsten Carbide : said:

    RSS feeds are necessary for transmitting your blog updates to your readers or followers“:

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