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Initial release2008 (2008)
Written inJava (back-end), JavaScript, HTML, CSS (UI)
Operating systemAndroid 5.1 or later[1]
iOS 10.0 or later (iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch)[2]
PlatformWeb Browser, mobile
TypeNews aggregator

Feedly is a news aggregator application for various web browsers and mobile devices running iOS and Android. It is also available as a cloud-based service. It compiles news feeds from a variety of online sources for the user to customize and share with others. Feedly was first released by DevHD in 2008.


DevHD’s first project, Streets, which aggregates updates from a variety of online sources is the basis of Feedly. Originally called Feeddo, Feedly was first released as a web extension before moving onto mobile platforms.[3]

On March 15, 2013, Feedly announced 500,000 new users in 48 hours due to the closure announcement of Google Reader.[4] By April 2, 2013, the total number of new users was up to 3 million.[5] At the end of May 2013, the total user number was up to 12 million.[6]

Mobile app[edit]

The Feedly mobile application is available for iOS and Android devices.[7] All versions of the app run on Streets (DevHD's other project), which allows for the application to run on the same code for all devices.[7] Running the same code across multiple platforms lets the developers release updates faster because they are only working with one version. Like its web counterpart, the mobile application employs a minimalistic interface that imitates a magazine spread. However, unlike the browser extension, the Feedly app cannot load an entire article. Instead, it will present a summary, and a link to the actual article.[8] The mobile application acts as a browser on its own, so any redirects happen inside the app itself, as opposed to opening a separate Internet browser.[9] Additionally, the application adapts to the user, and will recommend posts based on what the user has read or shared in the past.[7] The Feedly app does not support offline mode but third party apps offer the service.


Feedly has received mostly positive reviews. Many have praised its minimalist design and personalized interface.[8][9][10] However, some have found the service relies too heavily on its minimalist approach, while others have stated that the degree of customization can be overwhelming for first-time users.[11][12] Following the termination date for Google Reader, transitioning users began to express frustration at the number of seemingly basic features that were broken or missing from the latest version of Feedly.[13] Moreover, on 8 November 2013 Feedly disabled login via OAuth, forcing users to use Google+ authentication. This change was announced less than 24 hours before taking place. Many users were unable to export their feeds,[14] and this change was rolled back on the same day. So far the users can choose either Google+ or OAuth login.

As of 2018 Feedly had 14 million users, making it the most popular RSS reader.[15]

Denial of service attacks[edit]

On June 11–13, 2014, Feedly suffered crippling denial-of-service attacks that prevented users from accessing their information. The attackers demanded ransom from Feedly, which Feedly refused to pay.[16][17][18]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Google Play:Feedly". Google Play. Retrieved February 21, 2015.
  2. ^ "iTunes Preview Feedly". iTunes. Retrieved February 21, 2015.
  3. ^ Khodabakchian, Edwin. "Feedly it is". Archived from the original on 10 November 2014. Retrieved 6 February 2012.
  4. ^ Khodabakchian, Edwin. "Priorities: Keeping the site up, listening and adding new features". Archived from the original on 24 July 2013. Retrieved 2 April 2013.
  5. ^ Khodabakchian, Edwin. "Announcing the New Feedly Mobile". Archived from the original on 12 June 2015. Retrieved 2 April 2013.
  6. ^ Protalinski, Emil (19 June 2013). "Passing 12M users, Feedly launches cloud platform and Web version with one-click migration from Google Reader". Retrieved 19 June 2013.
  7. ^ a b c Etherington, Darrell (3 April 2008). "Feedly Update Makes Cross-Platform Feed Reading Awesome". Retrieved 7 February 2012.
  8. ^ a b Persephone. "Feedly: Magazine-Style News-Reader". Retrieved 6 February 2012.
  9. ^ a b Moylan, Cormac (3 May 2011). "Review: Feedly For iPad". Retrieved 7 February 2012.
  10. ^ Matt. "Feedly". Archived from the original on 1 July 2013. Retrieved 7 February 2012.
  11. ^ "Firefox Add-On Feedly Corrals Your RSS and Twitter Feeds".
  12. ^ Shanklin, Will (10 March 2011). "Another New RSS App? Feedly Is One That May Be Worth Checking Out". Retrieved 7 February 2012.
  13. ^ Buckingham, Alan (19 June 2013). "Feedly is a mess! New updates subtract features, erase data". Retrieved 7 July 2013.
  14. ^ "Google+ Authentication and Identity". Archived from the original on 11 November 2013. Retrieved 8 November 2013.
  15. ^ Barrett, Brian. "It's Time for an RSS Revival". Wired.
  16. ^ McGregor, Jay (June 11, 2014). "Feedly And Evernote Go Down As Attackers Demand Ransom". Forbes. Retrieved June 11, 2014.
  17. ^ Page, Carly (June 13, 2014). "Feedly hits third day of downtime as DDoS attacks continue". Archived from the original on 2015-04-02. Retrieved June 13, 2014.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  18. ^ "Feedly availability graph".

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