Love RSS feeds? So do we!!

RSS feeds are a great way to follow updates on your favorite website. However, some sites set up their feeds to only show a portion of each entry, you know, to get you to click through to their actual website. We find that really annoying, and we're sure you do too.

Which is why, unlike other RSS feed readers, that either push you into a browser (in-app or otherwise), or depend on third party text parsing services and require you to be online to fetch the full text of one article at a time (which makes it no different from having to click/tap through to a website), in lire, you get your favorite RSS feeds as they should've been. You don't need to click through to any website (though, you do still have the option to, if you really wanted). It takes your favorite partial feeds, does it's magic, and converts them in to full feeds, so you don't have to click/tap on those annoying 'Read more' or 'Continue reading' links.

Once they're cached, you don't even need to be connected to read your full-text feeds.

Use as a standalone feed reader,


sync with any of the several services: Feedly, Feedbin, FeedHQ, The Old Reader, Inoreader, BazQux Reader, Newsblur, Feed Wrangler.

What's New

Version 3.1.6

WARNING: If you are currently using version 2.0 in standalone mode, please make sure that you have a backup of your feeds in an OPML file, before installing 3.0.

Version 3.1.6
- Fixed an issue which caused changes made while offline (like marking articles read/unread for starred/unstarred) to not be sent to the sync service properly once connection was re-established.
- Fixed a bug that caused a crash when opening an article with a malformed link/URL.
- Image viewer will no longer open when an image is tapped upon while an article is being dragged-to-scroll, or is decelerating after being flicked-to-scroll. (So, there should not be any more accidental image viewer opening while scrolling).
- Fixed an issue that (in some cases) caused a crash while trying to log in to Feedly on iPad.
- New downloaded articles from Inoreader should no longer have "–" or "—" characters in their titles.
- Other minor bug fixes & improvements.

Major 3.0 update..

- New sync services: FeedHQ, The Old Reader, Inoreader, BazQux Reader, Feedbin, Newsblur, Feed Wrangler.
- Completely redesigned UI.
- Several new fonts.
- State Restoration (lire will now start where you left it when you were last using it).
- Spotlight search for articles.
- Standalone feed engine is completely rebuilt from the ground up.
- New background refresh/sync engine: You can now set the minimum amount of time that must elapse after a background refresh/sync before another background refresh/sync can me initiated.
- Get notifications when a successful background refresh/sync downloads new articles.
- New, and more efficient full-text fetching engine.
- New OPML import engine: Besides being able to import file via 'Open with:' from other apps, you can now import OPML files from iCloud drive, and other apps that offer file providers, from right within the OPML Import/Export screen.
- New section in Accessibility/VoiceOver Options: VoiceOver users can now change the order in which VoiceOver will speak different attributes of each article in a list of articles.
- New Fast Read Later option: This is different from 'Fast Read Later' in previous versions: Go to Settings > Article Options > Fast Read Later, and select what you want Fast Read Later to do. This actions will basically replace the second button on the bottom bar in the main article view.
- New Swipe To Left Action option in article lists: Go to Settings > Article Options > Swipe To Left Action, and select what you want Swipe To Left Action to do. Which in a list of articles swipe/slide an article to the left to perform this actions. VoiceOver users can perform this action from the rotor.
- New Swipe To Right Action option in article lists: Go to Settings > Article Options > Swipe To Right Action, and select what you want Swipe To Right Action to do. Which in a list of articles swipe/slide an article to the right to perform this actions. VoiceOver users can perform this action from the rotor.
- Easy way to report problems with specific feeds that the new standalone feed engine may have trouble with: Go to view articles of specific feeds, from the article list, open Subscription Details, and tap on 'Report a problem' button at the bottom of the Subscription Details view. (This button is only visible if you’re using the app in Standalone mode).
- Easy way to report problems with full-text extraction of specific articles: Tap 'Report a problem' link at the bottom of the full-text view if the specific article.
- Easy way to report problems with Cache: Go to Settings > Caching Options > Report a problem.
- Tons of other new features, improvements, and bug fixes..

If you enjoy using lire, please leave a review, tell a friend about it, or consider dropping a small thank you in the Tip Jar. That helps a lot!

Ratings and Reviews

4 out of 5

44 Ratings

44 Ratings

My favorite RSS app but UI could be better.


I’ve lost count of how many different *reader* apps i’ve tried on the iOS App Store and lire is my favorite. The "text-fetching" feature catapults it to the best RSS reader while having plenty of other customization options readily available.

For features alone, it's clear that I highly recommend lire - but temper your expectations for its interface and "onboarding" experience, where it lags behind the competition. Organizing folders and feeds is somewhat cumbersome and may be confusing to new users. I would recommend the devs implementing a “How-to” feature or additional elements on the home screen to organize any feed in any folder and move them around as such. For me, there was a lot of trial and error figuring out what certain buttons do and how to accomplish basic tasks that are inherent to RSS readers. Even knowing how, I still think it takes too many steps to globally edit and organize ones library.

Interface criticism aside (hopefully constructive), I still highly recommend checking out this app if you’ve tried other reader apps and haven't been completely satisfied. It’s worth the price tag for the features and customization options. life's definitely on my "Must-have" iOS app list. 👍

Very nice rss reader


Lire is without a doubt a nice modern looking rss app. Although at times it can feel a little slow overall, especially to open an article's web page. There is one minor addition that I feel would make a significant improvement. There should be a gesture to open the list of subscriptions/folders in portrait mode on iPad.

Currently, while viewing in portrait orientation you have to press a button at the top left corner to view your list of feeds. A gesture, for example a swipe-in from the left edge of the screen, could be added to open the list. Lire already implements swipes to move to the next article and a swipe from the edge to return to the list of articles. Clearly both types of gestures can be included and not interfere with each other.

I appreciate the clean look of Lire including the option to change the appearance via the different themes. Being able to turn the articles preview text off is a big plus for me since I have subscribe to a lot of rss feeds, many of which are high volume. Another great perk are the options to customize the gestures available for sharing and marking articles as read.

Excellent overall


Of the apps in this field that are still being actively improved Lire stands out primarily for its ‘clean’ interface and reasonably deep integration with newer iOS features. The ability to cache the full text of articles on sync is incredibly useful and removes a big point of friction in most rss/reader interactions. A few minor-ish niggles: some of the animations, particularly when sliding left or right on an article, are pretty jarring and clunky feeling, compared to more mature apps (reeder in particular stands out). The design, again while mostly great, is a bit off-seeming, particularly the shortcut bar. I’m nowhere near competent enough in design to properly pick nits here just something about the proportions just isn’t quite as tidy feeling as it might be. Apart from those minor sort of ‘feel’ quibbles the only real frustration with the app is the strange inability to call the share sheet when lightly pressing a link (I.e to send to Instapaper). It’s entirely possible I’m missing something here but that one improvement would make this near perfect, for me at least. Have spent too much time criticizing a great app, apologies, is always easier to carp.


Kunal Sood
36.2 MB
Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, Czech, French, German, Greek, Italian, Spanish
Age Rating
You must be at least 17 years old to download this app.
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