Hosting web-based feed readers on the Rasp Pi


In the use case I have sketched here, the feed reader server and its accompanying client do not execute on the same device. Instead, the Raspberry Pi only functions as a server, and client access is accomplished through numerous other devices in your household  – even by different users if desired.

Thus, it makes sense to run your Pi continuously, like a classic server in "headless" mode – that is, without a monitor. Additionally, you can use raspi-config to turn off automatically starting the desktop after booting. Don't forget to give the minicomputer a static IP address in file /etc/network/interfaces.

Further Options

The Android client for the TTRSS app [3] in the Google Play Store allows you to access the Tiny Tiny RSS server not only via a web interface but also by means of a native Android application. You can also use compatible desktop applications. However, in both cases, you first need to register once as admin on the server and place a check mark in the general settings under the entry Enable external API.

You also can tailor the external appearance of the web feed reader via themes. Additionally, numerous plugins [4] exist – for example, one plugin lets you read and manage the status messages of your Facebook friends via the feed reader interface. If you don't find a suitable plugin for a particular function that you are looking for, you can write your own extensions. By perusing the script source code of already existing plugins, it is relatively easy to understand their structure and reuse them for your own add-ons.

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