NetNewsWire 5 is a free and open source RSS reader for Mac. (We’re also working on an iOS version.)
Download NetNewsWire 5.0.2 for Mac
Free! Requires macOS 10.14.4 or newer
NetNewsWire shows you articles from your favorite blogs and news sites, and it keeps track of what you’ve read.
If you’ve been going from page to page in your browser looking for new articles to read, you can let NetNewsWire bring them to you instead.
If you’ve been getting your news from the social networking services — with their ads, algorithms, and user tracking — you can get your news from your favorite sites directly and more reliably with NetNewsWire.
These are details from larger screenshots. See the Screenshots page for the full-size versions.
We value stability, performance, quality, and platform-specific design over features. But NetNewsWire does have some features. :)
- Safari extension for easy feed-adding
- Direct feed-downloading
- Syncing via Feedbin
- 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
- Importing and exporting OPML feed lists
- Help book
- Multiple accounts
- Customizable toolbar
We’ll be adding more in future releases, of course, including support for more syncing services.
Community and Support
NetNewsWire is open source and made by volunteers. We don’t have a dedicated support line. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 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).
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, Olof Hellman, Daniel Jalkut, Ryan Dotson, and Joe Heck. Your name could be on that list!
Also see How to Support NetNewsWire. Spoiler: don’t send money. :)
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 (mostly) in Swift.
NetNewsWire Users Say Nice Things
Paul Kafasis, CEO, Rogue Amoeba:
NetNewsWire was the very first RSS reader I used on Mac OS X, and set the standard. I’m thrilled to be able to use it once again almost two decades later. RSS isn’t dead, and neither is the Mac’s best RSS reader!
Daniel Jalkut, MarsEdit developer:
For 15 years, NetNewsWire has been my primary tool for navigating the broad spectrum of blogs, newspapers, magazines, and other publications that I want to keep up with on the web. I’m so excited to see it revitalized with version 5.0. Here’s to 15 more years of NetNewsWire and the open web!
I’ve used different versions of NetNewsWire over the years but this one is my favorite. Like a whiskey that mellows with age, NNW has continued to exceed my expectations. You’ll find delight in the speed of the app, the attention to detail in the interface, but most of all, the freedom to read the web the way you want to from a native application. Crafted by individuals, NNW remains in my “top 10 apps” to install on my Macs.
Brian Warren, creator of macopenweb.com:
NetNewsWire is back! It feels just as cool and fast as it did in 2003, but not even remotely out of place on a modern Mac. In fact, it’s a shining example of what an app should be on the Mac. It’s lightweight, powerful, and respects my time. I truly do not want to get my news any other way.
Manton Reece, creator of Micro.blog:
Each major new version of an app is an opportunity to refocus, and NetNewsWire 5.0 prioritizes all the right things: it’s fast, embraces the open web, and feels at home on the Mac. NetNewsWire 5.0 takes everything Brent learned from previous versions, but rebuilt from scratch with modern features like Feedbin syncing, Dark Mode, and JSON Feed support.
Reviews and Press
MacStories 26 August 2019
NetNewsWire Review: The Mac RSS Client, Rebooted with a Solid Foundation for the Future
Gizmodo 26 August 2019
One of the Best RSS Readers Is Back
9to5Mac 26 August 2019
Powerful Mac RSS reader NetNewsWire now out of beta, free to use
AAPL Ch. 26 August 2019
heise.de 27 August 2019
Neuer RSS-Reader: NetNewsWire 5 ist fertig
The Sweet Setup 29 August 2019
NetNewsWire 5.0 Relaunches as an Open-Source RSS Reader for the Mac
Beautiful Pixels 29 August 2019
NetNewsWire Returns as a Free & Open Source RSS Reader for Mac with Version 5.0
Macwelt 29 August 2019
RSS-Reader NetNewsWire 5.0 jetzt verfügbar
Daring Fireball 29 August 2019
WordPress Tavern 30 August 2019
NetNewsWire 5.0 RSS Reader Rebuilt from Scratch, Now Free and Open Source
Brent’s blog: inessential.com
NetNewsWire on Twitter (yes, we know how that looks, but we’re pragmatic)
Open web friends:
macopenweb.com (includes a list of other good RSS readers)