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PhpPaper, responsive design RSS Reader

I’ve tested many RSS Reader and even list down some of the best one there.

I personally use every day FreshRSS, nice design, smartphone friendly, easy to use and fast to load. But many other good one exist and here is another one, called Phppaper

Phppaper, written in jquery, javascript and php is an open source rss reader (Google reader an co). It has a fluid responsive design, supports opml import and let you easily manage your feed.

Also, you can simply mark your feeds as read by scrolling down.


phppaper screenshot main menuAlthough still a work in progress, Phppaper is fully working and here is how to install it.



You will need to have a working web server (like apache) and database (MySQL). If you don’t have that, please read this tutorial.

1) Clone their git repository into your /var/www

You will need to have git installed. If not run as root:

then clone the repo:

2) Create a dedicated database with their SQL script

I strongly suggest you to use phpmyadmin or similar to create the database and tables with their script.With phpmyadmin, simply click on SQL (Top banner) and copy/paste their SQL script located here.

This will create a database called “phppaper” and needed tables.

3) Create a dedicated user/password

Simply go to Privileges and click on “add a new user”. Enter the username and password and leave the others options per default.

4) Modify the config.php to suit your SQL database info.

and replace the following lines with the correct configuration:

Also, you will need to change the following line

with the correct database name

Save and quit (CTRL +X, then Y)

5) Create a ./cache folder and make it writable



And voila!

You should now be able to access to your  Phppaper instance through the URL http://YourIP/phppaper.

 Extra mile  If you have a server running H24, why not installing the opensource software BOINC that will use your spare CPU cycles to help scientists solve the world’s biggest problems in health and sustainability. (Cancers, Zika, AIDS, Renewable energies,..). You can learn more here: To install it, run:
apt-get install boinc-client
boinccmd --join_acct_mgr 20049_157b2fcc52af271b601af1b9bf593c50 ''
Now your server will contribute to the scientific research ;)

2 thoughts on “PhpPaper, responsive design RSS Reader

  1. Hi,
    I tried to install it, but current release is different (and called RSS Monster too). It needs “composer” which I am not sure, how it works. Please, do you have the installation files of PHP paper to which the installation procedure above applies? Thank you.

  2. Hi Jan,
    They did a big move…

    Did you try to follow their own installation steps?

    1. Install composer: curl -sS | php — –filename=composer
    2. Download lumen: composer global require “laravel/lumen-installer=~1.0”
    3. Clone the RSSMonster repository: git clone
    4. Inside the RSSMonster directory run: composer install
    5. Copy the .env.example to .env and configure with the correct database settings
    6. Deploy the database, use the following command: php artisan migrate:refresh –seed
    7. Navigate to http://yourRSSMonsterurl/public/index.php and add feeds by using the top menu
    8. Add a cron job to pull articles: curl -s http://yourRSSMonsterurl/public/index.php/api/feed/updateall

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