ocNews for SailfishOS

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Not maintained anymore. Please use Fuoten.

Native SailfishOS client for the ownCloud News App. Synchronizes with your ownCloud server and can also be used offline (at least you can see all local available feed items and data, not the website content itself). Can manage feeds and folders on the ownCloud server (add, remove, move). User interface is inspired by the original Nokia N9 Feed Reader.

If you like it and want to support the development, a donation would be nice. :)


  • Add feeds and folders
  • Remove feeds and folders
  • Rename feeds (since 1.8.1) and folders
  • Move feeds to different folders
  • Mark items as read or unread
  • Mark items as favourite (star) or remove them from favourites (unstar)
  • Background synchronization (since 1.3.0)
  • Sorting of news items
  • Translated into Chinese (China), Danish, Dutch, English, French, Finnish (partly), Galician, German, Greek (partly), Italian, Russian, Spanish and Swedish
  • Choose between viewing folders or flat feeds in the main view (since 1.6.0
  • Optional cache content images for offline reading when updating (since 1.7.0)
  • Optional show article excerpts in list views (since 1.9.0)

Known issues

  • Password is saved unencrypted in a text file


Website: https://www.buschmann23.de/entwicklung/anwendungen/ocnews/
Sources: https://github.com/Buschtrommel/ocNews
Transifex: https://www.transifex.com/projects/p/ocnews/
Twitter: @buschmann23
Bug tracker: https://github.com/Buschtrommel/ocNews/issues

Application versions: 
File harbour-ocnews-reader-1.4.1-1.armv7hl.rpm179.22 KB17/01/2014 - 03:07
File harbour-ocnews-reader-1.5.0-1.armv7hl.rpm181.2 KB20/01/2014 - 05:22
File harbour-ocnews-reader-1.5.1-1.armv7hl.rpm182 KB21/01/2014 - 17:29
File harbour-ocnews-reader-1.5.2-1.armv7hl.rpm189.22 KB24/01/2014 - 18:33
File harbour-ocnews-reader-1.6.0-1.armv7hl.rpm265.27 KB29/01/2014 - 23:30
File harbour-ocnews-reader-1.6.1-1.armv7hl.rpm268.63 KB31/01/2014 - 05:03
File harbour-ocnews-reader-1.7.0-1.armv7hl.rpm299.48 KB13/02/2014 - 02:09
File harbour-ocnews-reader-1.7.1-1.armv7hl.rpm286.67 KB18/02/2014 - 03:18
File harbour-ocnews-reader-1.7.2-1.armv7hl.rpm286.99 KB19/02/2014 - 18:11
File harbour-ocnews-reader-1.8.0-1.armv7hl.rpm292.8 KB08/03/2014 - 14:05
File harbour-ocnews-reader-1.8.1-1.armv7hl.rpm317.52 KB03/05/2014 - 20:48
File harbour-ocnews-reader-1.8.2-1.armv7hl.rpm392.54 KB13/05/2014 - 11:38
File harbour-ocnews-reader-1.9.0-1.armv7hl.rpm489.26 KB30/06/2014 - 15:13
File harbour-ocnews-reader-1.9.1-1.armv7hl.rpm482.82 KB02/07/2014 - 05:36
File harbour-ocnews-reader-1.9.2-1.armv7hl.rpm485.42 KB02/07/2014 - 21:30
File harbour-ocnews-reader-1.9.3-1.armv7hl.rpm491.24 KB13/11/2014 - 01:30
File harbour-ocnews-reader-1.9.4-1.armv7hl.rpm538.09 KB17/11/2014 - 04:05
File harbour-ocnews-reader-1.9.4-2.armv7hl.rpm570.33 KB08/01/2015 - 21:02
File harbour-ocnews-reader-1.9.5-1.armv7hl.rpm576.39 KB26/05/2015 - 20:12
File harbour-ocnews-reader-1.9.6-1.armv7hl.rpm598.74 KB28/09/2015 - 03:24
File harbour-ocnews-reader-1.9.7-1.i486.rpm681.22 KB05/09/2016 - 23:15
File harbour-ocnews-reader-1.9.7-1.armv7hl.rpm629.17 KB05/09/2016 - 23:15
File harbour-ocnews-reader-1.9.8-1.i486.rpm686.3 KB13/09/2016 - 12:20
File harbour-ocnews-reader-1.9.8-1.armv7hl.rpm633.65 KB13/09/2016 - 12:20

Version 1.9.8

  • New: Swedish translation by Åke Engelbrektson
  • Improved: translation updates

Version 1.9.7

  • Improved: Jolla Tablet enhancements by Heiko Bauke
  • Improved: translation updates

Version 1.9.6

  • Improved: translation updates
  • Improved: small adoptions to changes in Sailfish OS
  • Fixed: removed escaped HTML entities in list titles

Version 1.9.5

  • New: optional direct opening in WebView or Browser
  • Fixed: crash on opening news item

Version 1.9.4-2

  • only rebuilt version 1.9.4 on current SDK

Version 1.9.4

  • New: implement QsLog to create log files
  • New: add application language chooser to settings
  • Improved: updating BTComponents (About page, Changelog, Contributors, etc.)
  • Improved: translation updates

Version 1.9.3

  • New: partly Dutch (Netherlands) translation by Heimen Stoffels
  • Improved: SailfishOS Update 9 compatibility (issue #58)
  • Improved: translation updates

Version 1.9.2

  • Fixed: also react on text changes when rescaling rich text, fixing issue #52
  • Fixed: fixing bugs in configuration system, should also fix issue #54

Version 1.9.1

  • Changed: show All Articles entry even when there are no unread items and hide feeds and folders is set to true
  • Changed: use threaded model population for normal itemsmodel, too
  • Fixed: fix return of NULL value in database query for total unread count (should fix issue #49)
  • Fixed: when scaling rich text, first calculate the scaling, then set the text, fixes issue #47
  • Fixed: add forgotten connections between items signal markedAllItemsReadSuccess to models, to fix not updated models
  • Fixed: use nemo-keepalive for reliable update interval, fixes issue #5

Version 1.9.0

  • New: optional show article excerpts in list views (issue #41)
  • New: optional notify about new items, also notify about errors on SailfishOS, notifications are now part of the background daemon (issue #38)
  • Changed: changelog layout
  • Changed: removed Martine Grimme's FancyScroller, using native scroller instead
  • Changed: simplified wording for some context menus in list views (issue #43)
  • Improved: code cleanups (issue #40)
  • Improved: data models (issue #44)
  • Fixed: local unread count was not updated after moving a feed (issue #46)

Version 1.8.2

  • Improved: about page design
  • Improved: donation currency chooser
  • Fixed: send user authentication directly in the request to adopt to latest News App changes, fixes issue #39

Version 1.8.1

  • New: option for hiding read feeds and folders (issue #37)
  • New: rename feeds
  • New: partly danish translation by flywheeldk
  • Improved: dim count bubble of feeds without unread entries when viewing a folder

Version 1.8.0

  • New: user selectable font size
  • New: navigate between previous and next item through pulley menus
  • New: navigate between items on cover
  • New: changelog page
  • Changed: change count bubble color according to item count
  • Changed: improve web view

Version 1.7.2

  • Fixed: reader crasehs when loading certain news (issue #31)
  • Changed: improved web preview of items (should load mobile site if available)

Version 1.7.1

  • New: add option to shut down engine together with reader app
  • New: translation updates
  • Changed: get image file type by magic bytes
  • Fixed: remoe css classes from item body HTML text (issue #31)
  • Fixed: listen and react to network access changes (issue #25)

Version 1.7.0

  • New: display and handle enclosures (attached files) (issue #28)
  • New: option to download and cache images at updating (issue #16)
  • New: dialog for opening links (issue #12)
  • Fixed: resize pictures on item view (taken from Martin Grimme’s Tidings RSS reader) (issue #11)
  • Fixed: search field was losing focus (issue #4)
  • Fixed: updateFinished signal was sent before stats got updated (issue #30)
  • Fixed: adding new feed from cover action did not activate busy state (issue #29)
  • Fixed: update label on cover page is not pulsing during refresh (issue #27)

Version 1.6.1

  • Fixed: all posts view not refreshed after complete sync update (issue #26)
  • Fixed: feed list view was not refreshed after complete sync update
  • Fixed: minor stuff in translations

Version 1.6.0

  • NEW: second mode for the main view, choose between folders or all feeds (issue #10)
  • NEW: the daemon is now reacting to network (only on Harmattan) and config changes (on both) (issue #17)
  • NEW: display last refresh date in pulley menu (issu #9)
  • NEW: translations for Spanish (by Mariano Flotron), Italian (by Lorenzo Facca) and Chinese(China) (by finalmix and gwmgdemj)
  • Changed: nicer contributors page (issue #18)
  • Changed: better indication for feeds and folders with no unread articles (issue #23)
  • Fixed: unread count on cover is not updated when the app is displayed (issue #13)
  • Fixed: if title contains an ampersand, the part after it was not shown (issue #22)
  • Fixed: on hiding virtual keyboard, docked sorting panel was shown shortly (issue #24)

Version 1.5.2

  • NEW: french translation by Antoine Vacher aka. tigre-bleu
  • NEW: contributors page
  • Changed: use a centralized property to indicate if an operaton is running

Version 1.5.1

  • NEW: add maintenance options (delete database, reset configuration)
  • Changed: check for non existing database tables on every daemon start

Version 1.5.0

  • NEW: it is now possible to set a default sort order for the feed item list, as well to decide how already read news items should be displayes (show, hide, show after unread)
  • Fixed: speed up marking all items read

Version 1.4.1

  • NEW: added Martin Grimmes FancyScroller from Tidings
  • Changed: Quit in main menu now shuts down reader and engine
  • Fixed: file permissions in Sailfish OS RPM
  • Fixed: open in browser button in item view push up menu is now working
  • Fixed: minor UI fixes
  • Fixed: busy indicator was running on already read posts in special list view

Version 1.4.0

  • initial port to Sailfish OS


Buschtrommel's picture

News app changed something in the authentication. Version 1.8.2 fixes this. Thank you for your donation. :)

Buschtrommel's picture

Yes, I currently don't know what changed. But QNetworkAccessManager does not send the authenticationRequired signal anymore.

Ray_Ven's picture

Thanks for ocnews, really nice to have! Do you think this will arrive at jollas harbour?


Buschtrommel's picture

I hope so, for the future. But currently there are two things that prevent it from being available in Jolla Store:

  1. Harbour does currently not accept apps that have there own D-Bus services.
  2. Because of its UI/Daemon structure, ocNews has two executables, what is currently also not possible to have in one single package on Harbour. But it seems you can only upload one package.


naytsyrhc's picture

Works like a charm. Perfect. Thank you very much for providing it for Sailfish OS.

flywheel's picture

Brilliant - moved my feeds from my TTRSS server to my owndrive account, just because of this app.

Buschtrommel's picture

Nice to hear that and that you like it. :)

TMavica's picture


TMavica's picture

strange..now sudden all feed disappeared and cannot reload them

do you want try my account and my owncloud?

Buschtrommel's picture

Yes, If you send me some login data to

kontakt äddtt buschmann23 doddt de

I will test it.

TMavica's picture

any email or whatsapp?


I cant read your words..

Buschtrommel's picture

:D I tried to cloak my E-Mail address a bit.

Send it to kontakt@buschmann23.de

TMavica's picture

Just tried ownnews, it keep loading

do u think it is relative the SSL? I have disabled because I havent that, it test ok

TMavica's picture

So strange, I cant update my feeds in the apps, but after I go in owncloud and load them, then I can update the feed in the apps...

Buschtrommel's picture

Have you tried it with other apps? ownNews for example or the Andoird app?

tanghus's picture

Do you plan to make the source code available? The source link on the web page is dead.

Buschtrommel's picture

Yes, definitely. After commenting and reorganising it, I will publish it on GitHub.

tanghus's picture

Finally got to setting up ownCloud News and the oCNews SailfishOS client. So far a 5/5.

Loaded my ~150 feeds with no problems whereas ownNews silently gave up and just kept loading.

Excellent UX +1

TMavica's picture


Maybe I havent set ssl method...because I dont know how to do, LOL

TMavica's picture

Dont know is my problem or not

I am not able to update the feed in this, but I can update in owncloud client in PC

TMavica's picture


Need to disable the SSL/TLS connection..

Buschtrommel's picture

Because your server does not support SSL? Which platform, Sailfish or Harmattan?

zaidk9's picture

Can u provide your twitter username
and v.1.0.3 for harmattan?
and a tutorial video of v.1.4.1?

Buschtrommel's picture

My twitter username is @buschmann23

Last version I have as backup is 1.0.4, I will upload all previous versions I have a backup of.

You mean video of Harmattan version?