JIDE Feed Reader

The JIDE Feed Reader is a component that can subscribe and display RSS feeds. Imagine you are a software provider providing a tool to millions of users. Every time you do a new release, you want to somehow notify your users. You can post news on your website but not many people check your website regularly. You can email a newsletter which means you need to have their email addresses. Even if you do, how often your newsletters will be filtered by your users’ junk email filter? Or you can have your own network protocol and let your tool talk to your server when it starts. If there is anything new, notify your user through a flashing button in the user interface. This works better than using newsletter or web page, but do you realize RSS can be used for this exact purpose and you don’t need to waste your precious time writing a new network protocol for it? That’s what JIDE Feed Reader for – to enable the usage of RSS inside your application. JIDE Feed Reader is a Swing component which means you can embed this component inside your application so that your users will always be kept in sync with the content you want to them to know, from product releases, critical upgrade notification, company news, even product tips and tricks.


  • Supports several feed formats such as RSS 0.9x, RSS 1.0 / RDF, RSS 2.0, Atom 0.3 and Atom 1.0
  • Supports subscription to any RSS sources (a.k.a. Channel)
  • Supports operations on read/unread status of each feed item or all items in the same channel
  • Supports automatic channel update
  • Supports optional grouping of channels
  • Built-in persistence of the channel list, read/unread status of feed items and user preference
  • Supports customization to use any other html browsers as the embedded browser. Also allow user to launch native web browser to view the channel and feed items.