Journalist is an open source RSS aggregator (a.k.a. self-hosted Feedly) that can sync subscriptions and read/unread items across multiple clients without requiring a special client-side integration.
Journalist. An RSS aggregator.
Journalist is an RSS aggregator that can sync subscriptions and read/unread items across multiple clients without requiring a special client-side integration. Clients can use Journalist by simply subscribing to its personalized RSS feed.
Journalist aims to become a self-hosted alternative to services like Feedly, Feedbin and others. It aims to offer a similar set of features like FreshRSS, NewsBlur and Miniflux while being easier to set up/maintain and overall more lightweight.
Find out more about Journalist here. If you’re looking for pre-v1.0.0 versions of Journalist, please check out the v0 branch. v1.0.0 and later versions are not compatible to / upgradeable from pre-v1.0.0 versions!
Journalist is a single binary service can be run on any Linux/Unix machine
by setting the required configuration values and launching the
First, make sure to export
JOURNALIST_API_URL in the current terminal session:
$ export JOURNALIST_API_URL="http://127.0.0.1:8000/api"
Then, using Redacteur, a new user can be added like this:
$ JOURNALIST_API_USERNAME=admin JOURNALIST_API_PASSWORD=admin \ ./redacteur add user Username: johndoe Password: MySecretPassword123 Role (admin/[user]): user
Next, a new QAT (Quick Access Token) for the user can be issued:
$ JOURNALIST_API_USERNAME=johndoe JOURNALIST_API_PASSWORD=MySecretPassword123 \ ./redacteur add token Token name: FeederAndroidClient
token from the JSON response, as this is required to subscribe to the
Next, add a new feed to the user (a.k.a. subscribe to):
$ JOURNALIST_API_USERNAME=johndoe JOURNALIST_API_PASSWORD=MySecretPassword123 \ ./redacteur add feed URL: https://xn--gckvb8fzb.com Name: マリウス Group: Journals
Feel free to add further feeds the same way.
Group describes a folder
underneath the feed should be grouped. Groups can be named freely.
With the Quick Access Token (
token) that was copied previously, the
following URL can now be added to any RSS feed reader:
More information and RSS feed URLs can be found under Web.
Journalist will read its config either from a file or from environment
variables. Every configuration key available in the
journalist.toml can be exported as
environment variable, by separating scopes using
_ and prepend
it. For example, the following configuration:
[Server] BindIP = "0.0.0.0"
… can also be specified as an environment variable:
Journalist will try to read the
journalist.toml file from one of the following
Journalist requires a database to store users and subscriptions. Supported
database types are SQLite, PostgreSQL and MySQL. The database can be configured
Database.Connection config properties.
WARNING: If you do not specify a database configuration, Journalist will use an in-memory SQLite database! As soon as Journalist shuts down, all data inside the in-memory database is gone!
SQLite File Example
[Database] Type = "sqlite3" Connection = "file:my-database.sqlite?cache=shared&_fk=1"
PostgreSQL Example (using Docker for PostgreSQL)
Run the database:
docker run -it --name postgres \ -e POSTGRES_PASSWORD=postgres \ -e POSTGRES_DB=journalist \ -p 127.0.0.1:5432:5432 \ -d postgres:alpine
[Database] Type = "postgres" Connection = "host=127.0.0.1 port=5432 dbname=journalist user=postgres password=postgres"
[Database] Type = "mysql" Connection = "mysqluser:mysqlpassword@tcp(mysqlhost:port)/database?parseTime=true"
All that’s needed is a configuration and Journalist can be
launched by e.g. running
./journalist in a terminal.
To run Journalist via
supervisord, create a config like this inside
[program:journalist] command=/path/to/binary/of/journalist process_name=%(program_name)s numprocs=1 directory=/home/journalist autostart=true autorestart=unexpected startsecs=10 startretries=3 exitcodes=0 stopsignal=TERM stopwaitsecs=10 user=journalist redirect_stderr=false stdout_logfile=/var/log/journalist.out.log stdout_logfile_maxbytes=1MB stdout_logfile_backups=10 stdout_capture_maxbytes=1MB stdout_events_enabled=false stderr_logfile=/var/log/journalist.err.log stderr_logfile_maxbytes=1MB stderr_logfile_backups=10 stderr_capture_maxbytes=1MB stderr_events_enabled=false
Note: It is advisable to run Journalist under its own, dedicated daemon
journalist in this example), so make sure to either adjust
as well as
user or create a user called
As before, create a configuration file under
Then copy the example rc.d script to
/etc/rc.d/journalist and copy the binary to e.g.
/usr/local/bin/journalist. Last but not least, update the
file to contain the following line:
It is advisable to run journalist as a dedicated user, hence create the
_journalist daemon account or adjust the line above according to your setup.
You can now run Journalist by enabling and starting the service:
rcctl enable journalist rcctl start journalist
Official images are available on Docker Hub at mrusme/journalist and can be pulled using the following command:
docker pull mrusme/journalist
GitHub release versions are available as Docker image tags (e.g.
latest image tag contains the latest code of the
It’s possible to build journalist locally as a Docker container like this:
docker build -t journalist:latest .
It can then be run using the following command:
docker run -it --rm --name journalist \ -e JOURNALIST_... \ -e JOURNALIST_... \ -p 0.0.0.0:8000:8000 \ journalist:latest
Alternatively a configuration TOML can be passed into the container like so:
docker run -it --rm --name journalist \ -v /path/to/my/local/journalist.toml:/etc/journalist.toml \ -p 0.0.0.0:8000:8000 \ journalist:latest
Alternatively, you can also directly connect this public repo.
DigitalOcean App Platform
Aamazon Web Services Lambda Function
Google Cloud Function
gcloud functions deploy GCFHandler --runtime go116 --trigger-http
Journalist provides an HTTP REST API for managing user accounts, tokens and
feeds, which is available through the
/api/v1 endpoint. A full OpenAPI/Swagger
documentation of the API can be found inside the
This repository comes with a handy client for the Journalist API called
Redacteur. Redacteur can be used to perform actions on the API,
either by manually specifying the exact API request (
redacteur perform ...) or
by using a shorthand function like
create user, which runs interactively.
Find out more by running
/web is the HTTP web endpoint of Journalist that serves aggregated RSS feeds
as well as action endpoints that allow for example marking items as read.
To subscribe to a Journalist user’s aggregated RSS feed a Quick Access Token is required. It can be generated using Redacteur.
QAT, any RSS feed reader can subscribe to the following URL:
Additionally, subscriptions can be separated by group, simply by adding the
group parameter to the URL:
With that, only feeds within the Journal group will be included in the RSS feed.
Mark as Read
Feed items can be marked as read using the inline Journalist menu that is injected on the top of every RSS item. It contains a link to an actions endpoint of Journalist that will mark either a single item or a specific range of items as read. This will result in these items not showing up in the Journalist subscription feed anymore. This way every other client that will eventually refresh the feed won’t see these items anymore and hopefully not display them.
You might need to adjust client settings in order to disable caching of items. Additionally, if a client has previously synced the items, it might not automatically remove them from the feed. Whether and how good this works depends on the client’s implementation.
You can build Journalist yourself simply by running
make in the repository
This will build a binary called
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