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Cyca – RSS Reader and bookmarks manager

I’ve presented a lot of alternatives to manage your RSS feeds or bookmarks as actually this kind of services is probably the one I used the most.

Well the story doesn’t end here as I’ve recently find a new one, called Cyca.Cyca is an open source online bookmarks and feeds manager under GNU GPL license. The developer have been working for quite a long time on such project, initially written in C# a decade ago and called Bookmarks Manager, the project was not open at that time. But along the years, the project gained in maturity and has been rewritten in PHP. Finally, the developer has just released his v0.0.1 publicly.


Wallabag 1.9 is out!

After 4 months of development, Wallabag team has released their 1.9 version.

I’ve previously introduced and explained how to install this great tool that is Wallabag, but to be short, Wallabag is a web based, self hosted, application that allows you to save an article/webpage that you want to read later. Wallabag has many additional features such as the filtering, sharing and even exporting to epub and some others formats, ideal to read later on those articles on your tablet for example.

The team has released few days ago their version 1.9!


CacoCloud, Mail reader, RSS, password and bookmark manager

I’ve presented earlier some interesting projects that aim to gain back the control of your data while being very focus on privacy. It’s the case of Yunohost and Cozycloud, that works like your own cloud as a standalone distribution or to install on your current server, with 1 click installation of several application like, mails, calendar, torrent client, RSS reader, etc…(and growing) to let you install only what you need, or some projects like Owncloud, that is more an all-in-one application with contact, file, music, calendar,…

All these great pieces of work allow you to manage a large set of your need by centralizing those on your own server.

And I’ve actually discovered recently a similar project, called CacoCloud.

CacoCloud Mail Reader

CacoCloud is a simple, fast and secure RSS and mail reader + password and bookmark manager. Based on PHP and AngularJS, CacoCloud uses SQLite to store the information in a encrypted way. Thanks to its small footprint, CacoCloud will even run smoothly on your Raspberry Pi.

CacoCloud RSS feed reader

Interested to play with it, here is how to install CacoCloud.



I assume you have a running Web server with Apache and PHP. If it is not the case, please check this tutorial.

1) Install sqlite and php dependencies

In root (Or with sudo), run:

2) Download and extract their latest archive into a dedicated folder in /var/www

3) Change the owner of the cacocloud folder to your web server user to make sure no permisssion error will occur (Like blank page, etc…)

4) Make sure the proper apache modules are enabled

Still in root:

5) Create a dedicated virtualhost to point your subdomain to directly the cacocloud public folder, with SSL certificate.

What you will need:

– Create a A redirection in your DNS server/registrar with something like cc.domain.tld to your IP

– Have SSL certificate ready. If not you can read this tutorial. (Optional but strongly recommended)

– Create your virtualhost as following:

In /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/, create a file called cacocloud (In root):

and paste the following content:

Adapt the content (Servername, webmaster email, SSL certificate and directory if different).

When done, save the file (CTRL+X then Yes) and reload apache: (In root)

6) Launch the web installer and make sure you have all the dependencies required.

Simply go to http://youIP/cacocloud/public/install and check if everything is in green.

Then proceed to the database and user creation.

And you should be good to go!!

A very simple video has been done to explain how to install CacoCloud on a DigitalOcean VM in less than 2 minutes.

Alternative to Delicious the Social bookmarking – Shaarli

shaarli logoIf you are looking for an alternative to Delicious (Social bookmarking) and/or simply to share interesting links you found with your family, friends, your community or just any user, Shaarli is an open source and can be installed on your own server in an easy manner.


Thanks to its minimalist design, Shaarli is fast and easy to use. You can easily save URL and set them as private or public, you can also save the title, description,…assign tags, automatically get the thumbnails for various services, (Youtube, flickr,…),vimeo, dailymotion…) and many more.

Shaarli - home pageThey also have a “shaare” button compatible with Firefox, Opera, Chrome and Safari that allow you to quickly save the link into your Shaarli instance. (Nice!)And they have shared a public instance to let you try. (no available admin interface tho)Interested? Let’s see how to install it!


You basically only need Apache (or Ngnix, etc..) and PHP (>5.1). If you don’t have it, please follow my tutorial on how to install a LAMP server.

1) Download their latest archive (Or simply clone their repository) in your /var/www

2) Uncompress the archive and remove the zip

3) Change folder owner to apache user

4) Access to http://YourIP/shaarliShaarli installYou will need to set up admin user/password, define your location timezone and a title.And you’re good to go!

Virtualhost configuration

Looking for creating a subdomain like sha.domain.tld or dedicated domain to access to your Shaarli instance? You can create a dedicated virtualhost (vhost) to do so. You could even force SSL/TLS to improve the security.

What you will need:

1) Create a A redirection in your DNS server/registrar with sha.domain.tld to your IP

2) Have SSL certificate ready. If not you can read this tutorial. (Optional)

3) Create your virtualhost as following:

In /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/, create a file called shaarli (In root):

and paste the following content:

Adapt the content (Servername, webmaster, SSL certificate and directory, …).

When done, save the file (CTRL+X then Yes) and reload apache: (In root)

You should now be all set and ready to use Shaarli!

If you got some good links to share, you can post your shaarli instance in the comments!

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