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Newsbeuter displaying news articles
Original author(s)Andreas Krennmair[1]
Initial releaseJanuary 16, 2007; 15 years ago (2007-01-16)[2]
Stable release
2.9[3][4] Edit this on Wikidata / 19 February 2015
Written inC++
Operating systemLinux, macOS, FreeBSD
Size421 KB (tar.gz source)[2]
Available in15 languages[5]
TypeNews aggregator
LicenseMIT License[1] Edit this on Wikidata

Newsbeuter was a text-based news aggregator for Unix-like systems. It was originally written by Andreas Krennmair in 2007 and released under the MIT License.[1] The program is aimed at power users and strives to be "the mutt of rss feed readers."[6] It supports the major feed formats including RSS and Atom and can import and export subscription lists in the OPML format. Newsbeuter (podbeuter) also supports podcasting and synchronization.[7] As of 2017, the project is no longer maintained; the original developers advise users to switch to Newsboat, an actively maintained fork of Newsbeuter.[8]


"Newsbeuter" is a pun on the German word "Wildbeuter", which means "hunter-gatherer". According to Clifford Wolf, who is credited for coming up with the name, "during the stone age, people hunted and gathered their food, and these days, they hunt and gather news and information."[1]


Newsbeuter is entirely controlled by the keyboard, and its default keybindings resemble those of vi. The program supported synchronization with Google Reader since version 2.2, but this feature was removed when Google discontinued Google Reader. Support for alternatives such as The Old Reader and NewsBlur was introduced in version 2.8.[1]


Newsbeuter's appearance and keyboard shortcuts are configured with a single text file.[9]


Newsbeuter was the most popular news reader among Arch Linux users in 2012,[10] and received 1.8% of votes in the "Best RSS Reader" category in a 2013 survey by Linux Journal.[11] The program is often featured in magazine articles and software lists to demonstrate the power and versatility of the command line interface.[7][12][13][14]

As an alternative to compiling the source files, Newsbeuter can be installed from pre-built binary packages on Debian, Ubuntu, Arch Linux, Gentoo, Slackware, FreeBSD, OpenSUSE, Fedora, Mandriva, PLD Linux, and OS X through the Homebrew package manager.

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  1. ^ a b c d e "The Newsbeuter RSS Feedreader". Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  2. ^ a b "previous releases". Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  3. ^ "Previous Releases". Archived from the original on 2 August 2016. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  4. ^ "Release 2.9". 19 February 2015. Retrieved 17 June 2019.
  5. ^ "development". Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  6. ^ Zed A. Shaw. "I Want The Mutt Of Feed Readers". Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  7. ^ a b Игорь Штомпель (April 2012). "Newsbeuter+Podbeuter: или подкасты из консоли". Linux Format (in Russian) (4): 74–75.
  8. ^ "akrennmair/newsbeuter". GitHub. Retrieved 2018-05-29.
  9. ^ Daniel Navarro (January 2012). "La consola al poder". PC Actual (in Spanish) (247): 119.
  10. ^ "LnF Awards 2012 - The best Light & Fast apps of 2012". Retrieved 11 June 2014.
  11. ^ Shawn Powers (December 2013). "Readers' Choice Awards 2013". Linux Journal (236): 66. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  12. ^ Safko, Lon (April 2012). The social media bible : tactics, tools, & strategies for business success (3rd ed.). Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley. p. 346. ISBN 978-1-118-26974-9.
  13. ^ Хакер (in Russian). 9 (117). 2008: 158. Archived from the original on 1 April 2011. Retrieved 11 June 2014. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  14. ^ Юрий «Adept» Видинеев (22 November 2010). Обезжиренный тукс: поиски идеальной ОС для старого железа. (in Russian). Хакер. Retrieved 11 June 2014.

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