This documentation was last updated for Liferea version 1.9 (13.09.2012).
1. ............. Introduction
2. ............. Installing from Package
3. ............. Compiling Liferea Yourself
3.1. ............. Dependencies
3.2. ............. Compiling From Tarball
3.3. ............. Compiling From GIT
4. ............. Contributing
4.1. ............. No Feature Requests!
4.2. ............. How to Provide Patches
4.3. ............. How to Translate Liferea
4.3.1 .............. Create a New Translation
4.3.2 .............. Update an Existing Translation
4.3.3 .............. Provide a Localized Feed List
4.4. ............. How to Help With Testing
4.4.1. ............. Bug Reports
4.4.2. ............. Debugging Crashes
4.4.3. ............. Debugging Memory Leaks
5. ............. Browser Integration
6. ............. How to Get Support
Liferea is an abbreviation for Linux Feed Reader. It is a news aggregator for
online news feeds. It supports a number of different feed formats including
RSS/RDF, CDF and Atom. There are many other news readers available, but these
others are not available for Linux or require many extra libraries to be
installed. Liferea tries to fill this gap by creating a fast, easy to use,
easy to install news aggregator for GTK/GNOME.
2. Installation from Package
Detailed instructions on how to install Liferea on the different distributions can
be found online on our homepage at
3. Building Liferea Yourself
This section describes how to compile Liferea yourself. If you have
any problems compiling the packages or from GIT don't hesitate to
contact us in IRC (see Support section) to help you with it!
Liferea 1.9+ is to be built against GTK+ 3. If you need to build
for GTK+ 2 please use the most recent 1.8 release.
The compilation and runtime dependencies are:
-> For normal GTK popup notifications:
libnotify >= 0.3.2
-> For Ubuntu indicator support
libnotify >= 0.3.2,
libindicate-0.6 or libindicate-0.7,
libindicate-gtk-0.6 or libindicate-gtk-0.7
-> For the keyring support
Python >= 2
-> For the media player plugin
Python >= 2
GStreamer library and codecs
Ensure that you have installed the libraries and their headers.
If you use distribution packages then you usually need to install
a package named like the library and one with a suffix "-dev" or
"-devel". You need both to compile Liferea.
3.2 Compiling from Tarball
If you do not like version control systems you might want to compile
Liferea from a release tarball. Those are supplied at our SourceForge
project homepage (http://liferea.sf.net). After you downloaded it extract
it like this:
tar zxvf liferea-1.9.0.tar.gz
After unpacking run the standard autotools commands:
After this Liferea will be installed in /usr/local and you should be
able to start it by calling "/usr/local/bin/liferea".
3.3 Compiling from GIT
To anonymously check out a source copy execute this:
git clone git://liferea.git.sourceforge.net/gitroot/liferea/liferea
More information about using GIT with Liferea can be found at
Then build it with:
This section describes how you can contribute to Liferea. We currently
try to provide additional help on contributing via OpenHatch.org which
provides help and easy tasks to start contributing.
4.1. No Feature Requests!
First: *Feature requests are no contributions*. A lot of users think so and
don't see at all why this should not be the case. While there might be a
bit of interest on what new features the users would like to have, feature
requests tend to take up *a lot* of the time spent on support. Short of
ignoring feature requests the only polite way to answer them is an elaborate
explanation of the reason why the developers have decided not to implement
this feature requests and that they already have thought about it. So feature
requests are a constant justification exercise invented to punish developers.
Please be kind and do not participate in this.
4.2. How to Provide Patches
Here are some rules to supply patches:
1.) Before spending time on your topic announce it first on the mailing
list or the IRC channel. This avoids duplicate work and ensures your
patch will be accepted.
2.) Try to be close to our coding style.
3.) Please include a ChangeLog entry in your patch.
4.) Post the patch on the SourceForge patch tracker or the mailing list.
Please always specify with release or GIT version do you made the
If you are working on some topic feel free to contact us with any question
on the mailing list on the IRC channel (see Support section).
4.3. How to Translate Liferea
Before starting to translate you need a translation editor. We suggest
to use poedit or gtranslator. Please edit the translation using such a
translation editor and send us the resulting file. Once you have finished
your work please send us the resulting file.
Please do not send translation patches. Those are a lot of work to merge
and the bandwidth saving is not that huge!
4.3.1. Create a New Translation
To create a new translation you must load the translation template, which you
can find in the release tarball as "po/liferea.pot", into the translation
editor. After editing it save it under a new name (usually your locales name
with the extension ".po").
4.3.2. Update an Existing Translation
When updating an existing translation please ensure to respect earlier
translators work. If the latest translation is only a few months old please
contact the latest translator first asking him to review your changes especially
if you change already translated literals.
4.3.3. Providing a Localized Feed List
When Liferea starts for the first time it installs a localized feed list
if available. If this is not the case for your locale you might want to provide
one. To check if there is one for your country have a look into the "opml"
subdirectory in the latest release tarball or GIT.
If you want to provide/update a localized feed list please follow these rules:
1.) Keep the English part of the default feed list
2.) Only add neutral content feeds (no sex, no ideologic politics, no illegal stuff)
3.) Provide good and short feed titles
4.) Provide HTML URLs for each feed.
Once finished post the result OPML file in the mailing list or the SF patch
4.4 How to Help With Testing
4.4.1. Bug Reports
If you want to help with testing grab the latest tarball or follow GIT master
and write bug reports for any functional problem you experience. If you have
time help with bug triaging the SF tracker. Check if you see any of the open
bugs on your setup.
4.4.2. Debugging Crashes
In case of crashes create gdb backtraces and post them in the bug tracker. To
create a backtrace start Liferea using "gdb liferea". At the gdb prompt type
"run" to start the execution and "bt" after the crash. Send us the "bt" output!
Note: Often people confuses assertions with crashes. Assertions do halt the
program because of a totally unexpected situation. Creating a backtrace in this
situation will only point to the assertion line, which doesn't help much. In case
of an assertion simply post a bug report with the assertion message.
4.4.3. Debugging Memory Leakage
If you see memory leakage please take the time to do a run
"valgrind --leak-check=full liferea"
to identify leaks and send in the output.
5. Browser Integration
Liferea allows subscribing directly from Firefox 2.0+ and Epiphany.
Epiphany provides a standard plugin that allows adding subscription directly
to Liferea. Ensure you have installed the Epiphany plugins (often a separate
package in the distribution) and enabled the plugin in the Epiphany settings.
5.2. Firefox 2.0+
If you want to subscribe from within Firefox 2.0 you can configure Firefox 2.0
to add subscriptions to Liferea directly. To do so click the feed icon in the
location entry. Firefox will then present a menu where you can configure a
manual command instead of the Live Bookmarks to add subscriptions. Liferea
supplies a script named "liferea-add-feed" that you can tell Firefox to use.
If this doesn't work for you please try to run "liferea-add-feed" from the
command line and look for error messages. Often DBUS problems cause the script
6. How to Get Support
When using distribution packages:
Do not post bug reports in the Liferea bug tracker, use the bug reporting
system of your distribution instead. We (upstream) cannot fix distribution
Before getting support for stable releases:
Install the latest stable release and check if the problem is solved already.
Please do not ask for help for older releases!
Now there are three major support channels:
1.) The IRC channel "#liferea" on freenode.org. If you have easy to solve
problems and simple questions feel free to ask the people hanging
2.) The mailing list. Good for posting compilation problems and starting
3.) The SourceForge bug tracker (http://sf.net/projects/liferea) where you
can post bug reports for all problems you find. Ensure to look for any
existing reports on your problem!
Hopefully we can help with your problem.