Install RSSOwl Feed Reader on Ubuntu or Any Linux Distro

RSSOwl is an excellent, easy-to-configure RSS and Atom feed reader, available for Linux, Mac and Windows. It features offline viewing and sharing, a news filter, instant search, notifications, news bins and labels.  It also offers a list of recommended feed for the user which is very handy. This tutorial shows how to install RSSOwl 2.2.1 on Ubuntu via GetDeb repository. You can also install it on any other Linux distro.

Install RSSOwl on Ubuntu via GetDeb Repo

First add GetDeb repository to Ubuntu by editing the sources.list file in terminal.

sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list

Scroll down to the bottom of the file. Then paste the following line which will enable GetDeb repo.

deb xenial-getdeb apps

Press Ctrl+O to save then file. Ctrl+X to close the file. And then run the following command to import GetDeb GPG key to your Ubuntu system so that APT can verify the package integrity.

wget -q -O- | sudo apt-key add -

Now update local package index and install RSSOwl.

sudo apt update

sudo apt install rssowl

Once installed, start it from Unity Dash.

install rssowl feed reader on ubuntu 16.04

Or start it by running this command:


Install RSSOwl on any Linux Distribution

Go to the official site (, click the Linux download link.

rssowl linux

Then open a terminal and navigate to the download folder where the RSSOwl file is located. For example,

cd Downloads

Then install the unzip command line utility.

Debian/Ubutnu:            sudo apt install unzip

Fedora/CentOS/Redhat:     sudo yum install unzip

Arch Linux:               sudo pacman -S unzip

And unzip the downloaded file.


A rssowl directory will be created. It contains all the files needed to run RSSOwl. To keep a clean file system, we move this directory and all its contents to /opt/

sudo mv rssowl/ /opt/

Then create a symlink.

sudo ln -s /opt/rssowl/RSSOwl /usr/bin/rssowl

And now you can start it by issuing the following command in terminal.


rssowl for linux

Wrapping Up

I hope this tutorial helped you install RSSOwl Feed Reader. You may also want to read:

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