RSSOwl - Powerful RSS / RDF / Atom News Feed Reader History

Version history for RSSOwl - Powerful RSS / RDF / Atom News Feed Reader shows you how often it was updated over the past months (starting Dec 20, 2004) as well as 'what is new' information for each update (if available, since this information provided by the author).

Version: 2.2.1
Size: 4000 KB
OS: Windows
Description:   RSSOwl is a free RSS / RDF / Atom Newsreader in Java using SWT as fast graphic library. Supported OS are Win, Mac, Linux and Solaris. Some features are powerful searches, embedded browser, tray notifications, clean-up wizard and user customization

v 2.2.1 updated on Dec 01, 2014

This update provides fast access to actions on an article below its content and addresses some issues with keyword feeds. Please visit for a list of changes.

v 2.0.6 updated on Oct 27, 2010

This is a major update with lots of new features and bugfixes. Please visit for a list of changes.

v 2.0.5 updated on Jun 10, 2010

This is a major update with lots of new features and bugfixes. Please visit for a list of changes.

v 2.0.4 updated on Mar 03, 2010

This is a major update with lots of new features and bugfixes. Please visit for a list of changes.

v 2.0.3 updated on Jan 25, 2010

This is a major update with lots of new features and bugfixes. Please visit for a list of changes.

v 2.0.2 updated on Jan 05, 2010

This is a major update with lots of new features and bugfixes. Please visit for a list of changes.

v 2.0.1 updated on Nov 30, 2009

This is a major update with lots of new features and bugfixes. Please visit for a list of changes.

v 2.0 updated on Nov 03, 2009

This is a major update with lots of new features and bugfixes. Please visit for a list of changes.

v 1.2.4 updated on Nov 28, 2007

The RSSOwl Team is happy to announce that RSSOwl 1.2.4 is now available for download. Among minor new features and a couple of bugfixes, this release comes with better support for Windows Vista, the ability to use Mozilla as embedded Browser on Windows and some improvements to the embedded Browser on Mac OS X. See the changelog for a complete list of changes. For a detailed list of changes that also include a lot of bugfixes, take a look at the changelog at If you want to benefit from many new cool features, you should give RSSOwl 2 a try. Its currently in beta stadium but already fully functional. Visit for more details. May the Owl be with you, Ben

v 1.2.2 updated on Sep 08, 2006

The RSSOwl development team is happy to announce a fresh new version of RSSOwl. After four months of work, version 1.2.2 is now available for download. This version comes with some enhancements, a lot of bugfixes and improved security from the embedded browser on windows. The integrated Feed-Validator was removed due to lacking support for RDF and Atom formats. The new Validator allows to enter the URL of the Newsfeed and will forward to the well-known W3C Feed-Validator that supports all major formats and namespaces. On Windows, the security of the embedded Browser was improved by making use of the Local Machine Zone Lockdown which forces local content to operate in the more secure Internet Zone. The Feed-Search is now recognizing a lot more results as valid Feeds with fixing a Bug in the URL-processing. Special thanks to Milan Simonovic for reporting this issue. Settings are now backup'ed and restored in case a previous shutdown failed to store them correctly. This should fix issues, where all settings were lost. The SWT library was updated to the most recent Version 3.2. Thanks to Vardan Movsisyan for providing a translation to Armenian. For a detailed list of changes that also include a lot of bugfixes, take a look at the changelog at May the Owl be with you, Ben

v 1.2.1 updated on May 04, 2006

The RSSOwl development team is happy to announce a fresh new version of RSSOwl. After five months of work, version 1.2.1 is now available for download. The version number might sound minor, but the changes are totally major! On the usability side it is now possible to reorder Tabs in the Tabfolder via Drag and Drop and opening the next unread Message is working, even if no Feed is displayed at all. Based on the current selected Favorite, RSSOwl is automatically opening the next Favorite from there that contains unread News. With this feature it is possible to have the Favorites-Tree closed all the time to save some space, while still being able to navigate to the next unread News. A new command "Open" was added to the contextual menu on a Category in the Favorites Tree. It will open all Favorites that are a direct children of the Category into seperate Tabs in the Tabfolder. Annoyed by RSSOwl forgetting about which Favorites have unread News after restart? This was finally fixed. Any Favorite with unread News will keep this information also between a restart. RSSOwl is now using the native colors of the platform it is running on and supports the standard themes on windows as well. These colors make RSSOwl better fit into the look and feel of the running operating system. A lot of work went into the Mac version of RSSOwl, which is now shipped as universal binary, supporting both PowerPC and Intel. Some improvements include using the application menu for "About" and "Preferences", support for the "Toggle Toolbar" Button top-right in the application window and a special flat look that make RSSOwl look more like a native Mac application. Thanks to Andre Weinand for giving helping hands here. Thanks to Vlado Jasan and Neven Zitek for providing translations to Slovak and Croatian. The License of RSSOwl was changed to the Eclipse Public License (EPL). The license is available online at and also bundled with the release. For a detailed list of changes that also include a lot of bugfixes, take a look at the changelog at May the Owl be with you, Ben

v 1.2 updated on Nov 18, 2005

The RSSOwl development team is happy to announce the next big step in RSSOwl's development. After four months of work, version 1.2 is now available for download. Most of the work on this version was most likely going into the new ToolBar concept. It is now possible to customize the Toolbar. The new "Customize Toolbar" Dialog was added to the "View" menu and the context-menu and allows to define what Toolitems to display and in which order (Drag and Drop for controlling the order is supported). In addition you may control the number of Separators between ToolItems and wether to display "Icons and Text", "Icons" or just "Text". A lot of new items where added to the Toolbar including "Close", "Close Others", "Close All", "Rate News", "Mail NewsTip" and "Previous/Next Tab". The most interesting new item is probablly "History", showing the last 25 visited feeds, including aggregations, as dropdown. The number of unread News is appended to the items and selecting an item will show it in the tabfolder. The huge of list of samples was updated with new feeds and new categories. If you rather like to add feeds by using feed-search and feed-discovery, check out some new features in there. Feeds already present in your list of favorites will no longer show as checked in the result-table, thereby avoiding duplicates. Finding preferences settings has never been easier. The new quick-filter box inside the dialog allows to find related settings while typing. The preferences-tree will automatically remove pages, which do not match the entered word. Ever got bored searching the Feed that is currently displayed in the tabfolder in your list of favorites? The new toggle-button "Link with displayed Feed" was added to the favorites-tree toolbar. Enable the button and RSSOwl will always select the element inside the favorites-tree that is currently displayed in the tabfolder. Big improvements for the HTML-Export of feeds. A new look makes it easier to overview and read all news. The generated HTML is fully XHTML Transitional valid and makes use of CSS. Thereby the font you chose in RSSOwl to display newstext will be used for the generated HTML as well. This feature is now also supported on Mac, where it had to be disabled before. RSSOwl 1.2 now comes with the concept of search-scopes. These can be defined when performing a search. Chose between scopes like "Entire News" (default), "Headline", "Publish Date", "Enclosure" and others. When running the search, it will be limited to the selected scope. This feature allows some interesting searches, like showing all News that contain mp3 attachments or all News that where published in the last week. Good news for fans of the famous Atom format. Added support for the recently published Atom 1.0. Older Atom versions are still supported. Most of the used libraries where updated to recent versions, including latest version of SWT (3.2 Milestone 3). Countless bug where fixed and a Linux 64Bit version of RSSOwl is now made available for download as well. Finally, Serbian has been added as 28th language, thanks to Aleksandar. May the Owl be with you! Ben

v 1.1.3 updated on Aug 02, 2005

The RSSOwl development team is happy to announce a brand new version after 1 month of hard work. This version is close to be called a 1.2, looking at the awesome new features that are in: Many users have requested it before and thanks for the patch by slack-man that gave me some inspiration on this, Favorites are now showing the number of unread News next to their name. A lot of new ways of drag and drop in RSSOwl where added. For example, dragging a Link out of Firefox into the Favorites Tree will create a new Favorite. Most input fields, like Quickview Combo, Quicksearch, Feed-Search, Feed-Discovery and Feed-Validator, now accept data via drag and drop. Simply drop a Link into the Feed-Discovery input-field and it will begin searching for feeds automatically. After results are visible, drag them out of the Table into Favorites to add them. You can now drag a Category / Blogroll into the Root of the Tree. For example if Category "News" is a child of "MyFeeds", which is a Root, you can now Drag "News" out of "MyFeeds" and create another Root Item out of it. RSSOwl is now supporting the Feed-Protocol in Links. Whenever you click on a Link that makes use of this protocol using the internal Browser, RSSOwl will bring up the "New Favorite"-Dialog to add it. Note that this is limited to the internal Browser, it does not yet work with external Browsers. We have updated the GUI library SWT to version 3.1 final and HttpClient to 3.0 RC3. The Tutorial was updated and cleaned-up. A lot of corrections where made. Finally, a lot of bugs have been fixed. For a complete list of changes, please have a look into the Changelog at May the owl be with you, Ben

v 1.1.2 updated on Jun 20, 2005

We are happy to announce the second bugfix-release for the 1.1 branch. With an update to the latest SWT version, two of the most annoying Browser bugs on windows got fixed. Say goodbye to the dialog that kept popping up, in case the visited webpage contained erroneous JavaScript. The other bugfix helps for Blogs that show images in their Newsitems. In some cases, RSSOwl showed just a blank, empty page when clicking on one of these. On the feature side, RSSOwl 1.1.2 is bringing two new update intervals: 30 Minutes and 6 Hours. In addition it is now possible to hide the small Toolbar that is placed in the Favorites Tree by accessing its context-menu and unchecking the "Toolbar" entry. See the Changelog at for a complete list of changes. May the Owl be with you, Ben

v 1.0 RC1 updated on Dec 20, 2004

A lot of changes and countless number of bugfixes made it into this release. The overall UI was improved and the menu structure updated. The new menus "Edit" and "Favorites" cover common actions like "Reload All Favorites" or "Search in all Favorites". A new button top-right inside the tabfolder allows to quickly maximize and restore the tabfolder. Its now possible to read a newsfeed in PDF, RTF or HTML with a single click. Just press Ctrl+1 and RSSOwl will generate a PDF and open it. Or use Ctrl+3 to have RSSOwl generate a HTML page and display it using the internal browser. The search inside newsfeeds got a lot of improvements. Searching with regular expressions is now working correctly, last searches are remembered, results highlighted in the internal browser view too and a new "Close Search" button will restore all news of a searched feed. Fixed the offline modus of RSSOwl, allowing to reload newsfeeds without loosing the cached versions. A new parameter "-profile" makes it possible to specify the location to which RSSOwl should store its profile on Windows. On Linux and Mac, please refer to the tutorial how to set the profile directory. In preferences its now possible to define default properties for new favorites. These include update-interval and other settings, like open-on-startup. Every new favorite will have those settings as default. Added Turkish as 25th language to RSSOwl, thanks to Engin Erenturk.

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