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Install Tiny Tiny RSS on Ubuntu: Google Reader alternative

As you may know htpcbeginner.com is committed to expand the applications of your home sever. In this post, we are going to show you how to install Tiny Tiny RSS on Ubuntu. This is right on time to prepare you for the imminent shutdown of Google Reader service. Tiny Tiny RSS is an open source web-based news feed (RSS/Atom) reader and aggregator, designed to allow you to read news from any location, while feeling as close to a real desktop application as possible. It makes an ideal candidate to replace Google Reader. While there are services like Feedly and Newsblur grabbing the crowd Google Reader, which some of you may prefer, there are a group of people who would like to run a RSS reader on their own server and keep things private. If you belong to this group then Tiny Tiny RSS is for you. So let us go ahead and install Tiny Tiny RSS on Ubuntu Server.

Install Tiny Tiny RSS on Ubuntu
Google’s Reminder to Reader Users

Tiny Tiny RSS Features

  • Server-side AJAX-powered application, user only needs a web browser
  • Supports
    • feed aggregation / syndication,
    • keyboard shortcuts,
    • OPML import/export,
    • multiple ways to share stuff: via RSS feeds, using plugins to various social sites, sharing by URL, etc,
    • sharing arbitrary content through tt-rss,
    • mobile devices,
    • internationalization,
    • various plugins,
    • detecting and filtering duplicate articles,
    • podcasts,
    • flexible article filtering,
    • JSON-based API
  • Android client

In addition, you can import your feeds from Google Reader, making your transition all the more seamless.


While Tiny Tiny RSS may work on Windows, it is only supported on Linux (one more reason to upgrade to Linux!). I requires:

  • PHP version 5.3 or newer
  • PostgreSQL or MySQL (InnoDB support required)

If you are running a recent LAMP server, you should be good. First, install MySQL using the following command:

sudo apt-get install mysql-server mysql-client apache2 libapache2-mod-php5

Then, follow our PHP installation and configuration guides to install PHP. You may also want to install phpMyAdmin to make your MySQL management easier (if required).

Install Tiny Tiny RSS on Ubuntu

While you can download the latest version from here, extract, and copy it to your /var/www folder, the easiest way is through the repositories. The folks at Webupd8 have been kind enough to main a PPA repository with the latest version for Ubuntu. Add the PPA repository, update packages, and install Tiny Tiny RSS on Ubuntu using the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/tt-rss
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install tt-rss

Several additional packages will be selected for install automatically. Say Yes and proceed with the installation.

Install Additional Packages
Install Additional Packages

When asked whether you want to configure database for Tiny Tiny RSS with dbconfig, select Yes and proceed to install TT-RSS on Ubuntu.

Configure Database
Configure TT-RSS Database

Continue to next page to fully install TT-RSS on Ubuntu…

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About the author


Anand is a self-learned computer enthusiast, a part-time blogger, and a Food Scientist by career. He has been blogging since 2010 on Linux, Ubuntu, Home/Media/File Servers, Smart Home Automation, and related HOW-TOs on htpcbeginner.com and smarthomebeginner.com.

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