TICKR: stylish RSS feed reader

Many of us use news feed readers everyday to keep ourselves up to date. Canto and Feedspot are my favourites. But how about adding a bit of style to the way you read news? I am talking of tickr, a RSS news feed reader that scrolls the headlines on news articles as soon as they appear in one of your feeds. There are similar utilities available for Linux but tickr uses reasonable RAM (but CPU usage is around 5%) and delivers smooth scrolling updates.


  • Displays feeds as a smooth scrolling line, like in TV stations
  • Highly customizable graphics
  • Fast and smooth scrolling
  • Context menu
  • Play, pause, replay, rewind
  • Click on a news item to read in your browser
  • Bookmark favourite RSS feeds, add as many feeds you want
  • Customize scrolling speed, update delay, fonts, font sizes and colours, dimensions and location of tickr on the screen, displaying text inside a “draggable” window or without one, displaying or not a clock and much more


To install the latest stable version of tickr on Ubuntu, run:

$ sudo apt-get install tickr

To install the bleeding-edge (if you are sure), run:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:manu-tm/testing
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install tickr

Webpage: tickr

5 thoughts on “TICKR: stylish RSS feed reader”

  1. I would, however, want to know what other similar utilitiew there are for linux (that do the same, i.e show scrolling RSS on top of screen, not on the side), because I can’t find any, and tickr uses 12% of CPU to me. Any help would be appreciated

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