selfoss

selfoss is a free and open source web-based news feed reader and aggregator.


Note

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

License

The software is licensed under GPLv3. All relevant information can be found in the repository of the project.

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 ~]$

The domain you want to use must be set up:

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

Installation

Download and extract ZIP archive

Check the selfoss website or GitHub repo for the latest release and copy the download link to the ZIP file. Then cd to your DocumentRoot and use wget to download it. Replace the URL with the one you just copied.

[isabell@stardust ~]$ cd /var/www/virtual/$USER/
[isabell@stardust isabell]$ wget https://github.com/SSilence/selfoss/releases/download/47.11/selfoss-47.11.zip
[…]
Saving to: ‘selfoss-47.11.zip’

100%[========================================================================================================================>] 2,881,068    819KB/s   in 3.7s

2018-09-24 10:49:50 (766 KB/s) - ‘selfoss-47.11.zip’ saved [2881068/2881068]

Unzip the archive to the html folder and then delete it. Replace the version in the file name with the one you downloaded.

[isabell@stardust isabell]$ unzip -d html/ selfoss-47.11.zip
[…]
  inflating: html/common.php
  inflating: html/run.php
  inflating: html/cliupdate.php
[isabell@stardust isabell]$ rm selfoss-47.11.zip
[isabell@stardust isabell]$

Configuration

Setup your database

We recommend setting up a new database for selfoss.

[isabell@stardust ~]$ mysql -e "CREATE DATABASE ${USER}_selfoss"

Configuration

Copy the default.ini to config.ini:

[isabell@stardust isabell]$ cd html
[isabell@stardust html]$ cp default.ini config.ini
[isabell@stardust html]$

Now edit config.ini file, change the database type to mysql and provide your MySQL credentials.

[globals]
db_type=mysql
db_host=localhost
db_database=isabell_selfoss
db_username=isabell
db_password=MySuperSecretPassword
db_port=3306

We also recommend password protection for your installation. First, generate a random string to use as salt.

[isabell@stardust html]$ head /dev/urandom | tr -dc A-Za-z0-9 | head -c 20 ; echo ''

Copy the output and set it as salt in your config.ini.

salt=FqFvsGWABfpPK6zQnVzD

Save the file and visit https://isabell.uber.space/password in your browser. Replace isabell.uber.space with your domain. Use the web form to generate a hash of your password and copy the hash.

Edit config.ini again and insert your user name and password hash:

username=isabell
password=c6d064709111ff0a689f206524cec8952417b9f16121a06b4ec8c58a11b570cdb7df4d6912e49415d6c615c2961c35166f0ed98eb027425100a1ebdd55a97906
salt=FqFvsGWABfpPK6zQnVzD

You can now log in to your installation and start adding and reading feeds.

Check out the official selfoss documentation for explanation of further configuration parameters.

Cron job

It is recommended to set up a cron job to automatically update your feeds. Edit your cron tab using the crontab -e command and insert this cron job to update every 15 minutes. Make sure to replace isabell.uber.space with your own domain.

*/15 * * * * curl -so /dev/null https://isabell.uber.space/update

Tested with selfoss 2.18, Uberspace 7.1.12.0

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