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LIFEREA(1) General Commands Manual LIFEREA(1)


Liferea - GTK desktop news aggregator


liferea [OPTIONS]


Liferea (Linux Feed Reader) is an aggregator for online news feeds. It can be used to maintain a list of subscribed feeds, browse and search through their items and displays their contents. Additionally Liferea allows one to sync subscriptions and read headlines with online accounts of TinyTinyRSS and TheOldReader.


Liferea options:

Print version information and exit
Display a option overview and exit
Add a new subscription URI which can be a feed or website URL
Start Liferea with its mainwindow in STATE: shown, hidden
Start with all plugins disabled
Print debugging messages of all types
Print debugging messages for the cache handling
Print debugging messages of the configuration handling
Print debugging messages of the configuration handling
Print debugging messages of all GUI functions
Enables HTML rendering debugging. Each time Liferea renders HTML output it will also dump the generated HTML into $XDG_CACHE_DIR/liferea/output.html.
Print debugging messages of all parsing functions
Print debugging messages when a function takes too long to process
Print debugging messages when entering/leaving functions
Print debugging messages of the feed update processing
Print debugging messages of the search folder matching
Print verbose debugging messages


To allow integration with other programs Liferea profives a DBUS interface for automatic creation of new subscriptions. The script liferea-add-feed is a convenient way to use this interface. Just pass a valid feed URL as parameter and the feed will be added to the feed list. You can also pass non-feed URLs to use feed auto discovery. Example:

liferea-add-feed ""

Please note that Liferea needs to be running for liferea-add-feed to work.


If a proxy is not specified in the Liferea preferences (which uses the proxy settings provided by dconf), then Liferea will use the proxy specified in $http_proxy. $http_proxy should be set to a URI specifying the desired proxy, for example ‘’.


Contains the current list of subscriptions
Stylesheet that can be used to override default HTML style
Sqlite3 database with all subscriptions and headlines
User-installed plugins are stored here. You can either manually put plugins here or use the plugin installer in Liferea.


This manual page was written by Lars Windolf <>.

December 26, 2015