Canto – Atom/RSS feed reader

Canto is an Atom/RSS feed reader for the console that is meant to be quick, concise, and colorful.

It supports all major news formats RSS/RDF and Atom, as well as importing from and exporting to OPML. The news content is easily downloadable and as such Canto also has limited podcasting support.

It is intended to allow users to crank through feeds by providing a minimal, yet information packed interface.

There is no navigating menus, and no dense blocks of unreadable white text. An interface with almost infinite customization and extensibility using the excellent Python programming language. Everything used to configure Canto is actually part of the Python interpreter.

Features include:

  • Atom/RSS/RDF compliant.
  • Supports OPML.
  • Integrated with both graphical and text browsers.
  • Built in reader with full HTML parser and providing access to all links and enclosures (video/audio) in an item.
  • Fetching program that can be run as a daemon or a cron job.
  • Uses feedparser to parse virtually any feed format.
  • Easily use custom filters to discard uninteresting items.
  • Ability to sort feeds with custom sorts.
  • Advanced tags allow you to group items and feeds together.
  • Extremely flexible and powerful theming, including the ability to add extra content (like authors, dates, diggs, comments, etc).
  • Supports Unicode/UTF-8.
  • Liferea / Snownews extensions are supported.

Support: Manual
Developer: Jack Miller
License: GNU GPL v2


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