Looking for a new feed reader?

Alt is an alternative interface to NewsBlur that is designed to be clean and simple to use.

Unread items counter.
Clicking the counter brings up the subscription list.
Read status. Click to keep unread.
Show all items or only unread.
Sort by newest or oldest.
Show full items or only the headlines.

Designed for people

“Like all magnificent things, it's very simple.” ― Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting

Alt doesn't try to do anything fancy. It lets you read the content from the feeds that you're subscribed to, and that's about it. There isn't much to explain, but there are a few things worth mentioning:

  • Navigation using j/k (for down/up) is supported.
  • The following options are available to control how feeds are viewed:
    • Show only unread items, or show them all.
    • Sort by either newest or oldest first.
    • Show full content of items, or only the title.
  • There is a counter at the top left corner — this shows how many unread items you have. Clicking on this brings up a list of feeds you're subscribed to.
  • Items are marked as read when you start reading them (or, when the top of the item is near the top of the browser window). An eye icon appears at the top, which can be clicked on to keep it unread.
  • The width of items is sometimes adjusted if the item contains images (or videos) that would look better in a different sized box.

Designed for content

A few more things


This site isn't as complete as it could be. Things to be worked on include:

  • Making this work as well on phones and tablets as it does on the desktop.
  • Adding and deleting feeds.
  • Folder management.
  • Further integration of NewsBlur niceties.

It's also possible that there will be problems with some feeds or that any other problems common to new software will arise (but hopefully there won't be too many issues).

Source code

The source code for this is available on GitHub.


There are also a few credits worth mentioning:

  • NewsBlur, the excellent feed reader that this builds upon.
  • Subtle Patterns, for the subtle pattern that is our background.
  • Font Awesome, for an excellent set of icons that are occasionally used here.
  • Google Reader, for shutting down and making sites like this possible.

About me

Hello. I'm David. I'm a software developer based in Melbourne who doesn't want the closure of Google Reader to spoil his feed reading habit. I can be contacted by email at david@davidjohnstone.net. When I'm not building feed readers, I'm making a website for cyclists, Cycling Analytics.