NetNewsWire

More news, less junk. Faster.

NetNewsWire is a free and open source RSS reader for Mac, iPhone, and iPad.

It’s like podcasts — but for reading.

NetNewsWire shows you articles from your favorite blogs and news sites and keeps track of what you’ve read.

This means you can stop going from page to page in your browser looking for new articles to read. Do it the easy way instead: let NetNewsWire bring you the news.

And, if you’ve been getting your news from Facebook and Twitter — with their ads, algorithms, user tracking, outrage, and misinformation — you can switch to NetNewsWire to get news directly and more reliably from the sites you trust.

Take back control of your news. With free, high-quality, native apps for Mac and iOS.

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Download NetNewsWire for Mac
Free! Requires macOS 10.15 or newer

Download NetNewsWire for iOS on the App Store
Free! Requires iOS 13 or newer

Download NetNewsWire on the App Store

“It is fast, small, and remarkably stable. It looks and feels and acts exactly how a modern Mac app should — and at the same time it feels and acts exactly like the NetNewsWire of a decade ago.”
John Gruber, Daring Fireball

NetNewsWire for Mac icon: globe with a satellite in the foreground.

NetNewsWire for Mac

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Features

  • Safari extension for easy feed-adding
  • Direct feed-downloading
  • Syncing via Feedbin and Feedly
  • Reader view
  • Sharing to Mail, MarsEdit, Micro.blog, Notes, Messages, and so on
  • Easy keyboard navigation
  • Single-key keyboard shortcuts
  • AppleScript support
  • Dark Mode
  • Starred articles
  • All Unread and Today smart feeds
  • Hiding read articles and read feeds
  • Folders
  • Background refreshing
  • Importing and exporting OPML feed lists
  • Searching
  • Multiple accounts
  • Customizable toolbar
  • Support for multiple windows
 

Check out the Help book to learn more about how NetNewsWire works.

Or just download it and get started. It’s easy!

Download NetNewsWire for Mac
Free! Requires macOS 10.15 or newer

“I’ve been using NetNewsWire on my iPhone and iPad for months now and I adore its simplicity, clarity, and speed.”
Nick Heer, Pixel Envy

NetNewsWire for iOS

 

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Screenshot showing NetNewsWire in light mode.

Screenshot showing NetNewsWire in dark mode.

 

Features

  • Direct feed-downloading
  • Syncing via Feedbin and Feedly
  • Multiple accounts
  • Dark Mode
  • Reader view
  • Share sheet
  • Starred articles
  • All Unread and Today smart feeds
  • Folders
  • Importing and exporting OPML feed lists
  • Background refreshing
  • Searching
  • Hiding read articles
  • Timeline customization
  • Keyboard shortcuts
  • Context menus
  • Support for multiple windows
  • Three-pane view on iPad
 

Read the NetNewsWire for iOS Help book to learn more about the app.

Download NetNewsWire on the App Store

Download NetNewsWire on the App Store
Free! Requires iOS 13 or newer

“NetNewsWire is now my go to RSS Reader of choice on the iOS. I was truly amazed how accessible this app was right out of the box on its opening day.”
Reviewer on AppleVis

Our App Philosophy

We believe that apps should never crash. They should be free of bugs. They should be fast — they should feel lighter-than-air.

We believe that quality is more important than just piling on features; we believe that quality is the most important feature. And we believe that high quality is transformative — it makes for an app you never hesitate to reach for. You can rely on it, and you do, again and again.

This makes us slow to add features. We are adding features — but never at the expense of how it feels. Never at the expense of reliability and speed.

“Everything about NNW 5 is lightning fast and I haven’t found a single crash in my use so far.”
Josh Ginter, The Sweet Setup

Community and Support

NetNewsWire is open source and made by volunteers. We don’t have a dedicated support line. You can email brent@ranchero.com, but this is probably the slowest way to get help.

Your question might be answered on the Frequently Asked Questions page. If it’s not answered there, it might be answered in the online Help book. It’s also possible that it’s in one of our Technotes.

You should definitely consider joining the NetNewsWire Slack group. You can ask questions there — and also help us think things through as we talk about future versions. It’s the home of the NetNewsWire community.

You can make feature requests and add bug reports to our bug tracker on GitHub.

To keep up with NetNewsWire news, read the blog (it’s a default feed for new users).

“As of version 5.0, it’s still fairly minimalist in terms of features but has a lot of momentum and a passionate community behind it, which in this case has proven more valuable towards ensuring its future.”
Sarah Gooding, WordPress Tavern

Contributing

We welcome contributors! Contributions don’t have to be code. Just getting on the Slack group and talking things over is a contribution.

The list of major contributors, after Brent Simmons, includes Maurice Parker, Brad Ellis, Nate Weaver, Kiel Gillard, Andrew Brehaut, Olof Hellman, Daniel Jalkut, Ryan Dotson, Joe Heck, and more. Your name could be on that list!

Also see How to Support NetNewsWire. Spoiler: don’t send money. 🐯

“The time and hard work by Simmons and other contributors to the open-source project are apparent. NetNewsWire 5 is a thoughtfully-designed, fast app with powerful search.”
John Voorhees, MacStories

Why Write an RSS Reader

We support the open web. The big social networking sites are damaging society and eroding democracy — and we believe one of the ways out of this is to get our news via the open web rather than from Twitter and Facebook.

NetNewsWire is part of repairing the web we lost, and it’s part of building the web we want. That future web should not include viral hate speech, abuse, massive corporate surveillance, or successful influence operations by hostile governments and entities opposed to democracy.

NetNewsWire isn’t the answer — it’s an answer. It’s just a small part of what needs to be done. But it’s the work we personally know how to do, so we do it.

We also love high-quality Mac and iOS apps, and we hope that NetNewsWire will be an example. The code is available for anyone to learn from and use. We believe it’s one of the largest open source projects written (almost entirely) in Swift.

“NetNewsWire coming back to the scene is an important and notable step for the revival of the RSS ecosystem as we once knew it.”
Akshay Pathare, Beautiful Pixels

Reviews and Press
NetNewsWire History
Old Versions of NetNewsWire
inessential.com - Brent’s blog
NetNewsWire on Twitter (yes, we know how that looks, but we’re pragmatic)
macopenweb.com (includes a list of other good RSS readers)