Howto Fix RSSOwl Internal Browser

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Applications that collect data from RSS-compliant sites are called RSS readers or "aggregators." RSSOwl is such an application. RSSOwl lets you gather, organize, update, and store information from any compliant source in a convenient, easy to use interface, save selected information in various formats for offline viewing and sharing, and much more. It's easy to configure, available in many many languages and the best of all: It's platform-independent.

RSSOwl is lack of HTML support. So here is the fix this problem

Install mozilla-browser Using the following command

sudo apt-get install mozilla-browser

Change in your rssowl directory to:

export MOZILLA_FIVE_HOME=/usr/lib/mozilla/
java -Xmx134217728 -Djava.library.path=. -jar rssowl.jar

In RSSOwl, go to Tools-->Preferences-->View

In the "Misc" section, check "View newstext in browser"

Go to Tools-->Preferences-->Browser

In the "Please enter path to executable" box, enter the path to your exectuable (lol). This is the app that you want to use to open in an external browser, so I wanted to use firefox. My path was "/usr/bin/firefox" but that's not default. With a new system, it could be "/usr/bin/mozilla-firefox"

At the bottom, check "use external browser"

Now you should be able to view everything properly.

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2 Responses

  1. karmic says:


    i’ve followed these instruction to install it, but i couldn’t

    and i added to that file:

    export MOZILLA_FIVE_HOME=/usr/lib/xulrunner
    cd /opt/rssowl

    it gives me the following:

    $ sudo
    /usr/bin/ 5: ./ not found

    where’s the problem?, is it a wrong install?
    please is there a way to tell me how to install it@karmic

    #iam newbie@linux so forgive my silly questions

  2. sangeek says:

    I did not find file in RSSOwl 2.1.
    I only wanted to change the internal browser because I as not able to the change the font of the viewed news.

    Any idea on how to increase the font of the news viewed inside RSSOwl. I tried out all the preferences for font .. it did not work out 🙁

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