FreshRSS

FreshRSS is a multi-user self-hosted RSS feed aggregator.


Note

For this guide you should be familiar with the basic concepts of

License

FreshRSS is free and open source software licensed under the GNU AGPLv3.

Prerequisites

We’re using PHP in the stable version 7.1:

[isabell@stardust ~]$ uberspace tools version show php
Using 'PHP' version: '7.1'
[isabell@stardust ~]$

You’ll need your MySQL credentials. Get them with my_print_defaults:

[isabell@stardust ~]$ my_print_defaults client
--default-character-set=utf8mb4
--user=isabell
--password=MySuperSecretPassword
[isabell@stardust ~]$

If you want to use FreshRSS with your own domain, it needs to be set up.

[isabell@stardust ~]$ uberspace web domain list
isabell.uber.space
[isabell@stardust ~]$

Installation

cd to your DocumentRoot and download the latest release from GitHub, then unzip it:

[isabell@stardust ~]$ cd /var/www/virtual/$USER/
[isabell@stardust isabell]$ wget https://github.com/FreshRSS/FreshRSS/archive/master.zip
--2018-09-24 14:30:37--  https://github.com/FreshRSS/FreshRSS/archive/master.zip
Resolving github.com (github.com)... 192.30.253.112, 192.30.253.113
[…]
Saving to: ‘master.zip’

    [   <=>                                                                                                                   ] 2,694,638   4.37MB/s   in 0.6s

2018-09-24 14:30:38 (4.37 MB/s) - ‘master.zip’ saved [2694638]
[isabell@stardust isabell]$ unzip master.zip
[…]
 inflating: FreshRSS-master/tests/app/Models/UserQueryTest.php
 inflating: FreshRSS-master/tests/bootstrap.php
 inflating: FreshRSS-master/tests/phpunit.xml

Now remove your html directory and create a symbolic link html -> FreshRSS-master/p/:

Warning

Make sure html is empty before deleting it. If there are any files you want to keep in html, you can also rename the folder instead of deleting it.

[isabell@stardust isabell]$ rm -rf html
[isabell@stardust isabell]$ ln -s FreshRSS-master/p/ html
[isabell@stardust isabell]$ ls -l
total 2636
drwxrwxr-x. 11 isabell isabell    4096 Sep  9 11:03 FreshRSS-master
lrwxrwxrwx.  1 isabell isabell      18 Sep 24 14:43 html -> FreshRSS-master/p/
-rw-rw-r--.  1 isabell isabell 2694638 Sep 24 14:30 master.zip

Configuration

Point your browser to your domain, e.g. https://isabell.uber.space and follow the instructions to set up FreshRSS. In step 3, we recommend to use a seperate database such as <username>_freshrss. Replace <username> with your actual user name.

Cron job

To automatically update your feeds every ten minutes, set up a cron job like this using the crontab -e command.

*/10 * * * * php /var/www/virtual/$USER/FreshRSS-master/app/actualize_script.php > $HOME/logs/FreshRSS.log 2>&1

Updates

Keep an eye on the FreshRSS releases feed, which has automatically been added as your first subscription in FreshRSS. When a new version is released, remove the previously downloaded ZIP archive and download the current release, then unzip it:

[isabell@stardust ~]$ cd /var/www/virtual/$USER/
[isabell@stardust isabell]$ rm master.zip
[isabell@stardust isabell]$ wget https://github.com/FreshRSS/FreshRSS/archive/master.zip
--2018-09-24 14:30:37--  https://github.com/FreshRSS/FreshRSS/archive/master.zip
Resolving github.com (github.com)... 192.30.253.112, 192.30.253.113
[…]
Saving to: ‘master.zip’

    [   <=>                                                                                                                   ] 2,694,638   4.37MB/s   in 0.6s

2018-09-24 14:30:38 (4.37 MB/s) - ‘master.zip’ saved [2694638]
[isabell@stardust isabell]$ unzip -o master.zip -x FreshRSS-master/data/do-install.txt
[…]
 inflating: FreshRSS-master/tests/app/Models/UserQueryTest.php
 inflating: FreshRSS-master/tests/bootstrap.php
 inflating: FreshRSS-master/tests/phpunit.xml
[isabell@stardust isabell]$

This will overwrite any changed files while keeping your current configuration.


Tested with FreshRSS 1.11.2, Uberspace 7.1.12.0

Written by: Nico Graf <hallo@uberspace.de>