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Came across this rather neat program that has been resurrected after being dormant since 2011.


Add A News Ticker To Your Desktop With TICKR (Scrolling News Feed Widget)



It's also worth noting that the application is not new. However, there were no new releases for many years - between 2013 and 2020 there was only a beta release. It looks like its developer is active again though, with a new major version being released in 2020, followed by a minor release last month. Even so, the application continues to use GTK2 for now.


The home site

Latest News on your Desktop, in just a click ...


TICKR version 0.7.1 is a Free Open Source, GTK-based RSS READER application which displays RSS FEEDS in a TICKER bar on your desktop. With a single click, you get the latest headlines scrolling in a thin window on your desktop, as what can be seen on Cable News TV channels.



TICKR can also be used with any text files instead of remote XML resources. And it can be used in shell scripts as all parameters can be set from command line.


The help files are useful




Just some links for RSS inspiration








Top 100 World News RSS Feeds


Top 90 Linux RSS Feeds


I made a short video, 12 mins long , 64 MB, which might be of interest, it shows tickr in use.


A fantastic video of Tickr in use.


I installed it on my Arch set up doing this after I cd'd into the tickr folder.




make check

make install check

sudo make install


It installed and runs ok. I will eventually make a Arch PKGBUILD just to keep things tidy.


This is a very neat program and is not too intrusive. I have set it to autostart when booting the system up and will continue to play around with it.





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No idea about polybar. However it can be positioned anywhere on the monitor, width height,text, etc et c can be fiddled with. I think that you can have different coloured backgrounds and text as well.


Also I just remembered you can run several of them.


I have several RSS feeds running one after the other but you can just have one feed running through.



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Well since I only use i3wm, it would have to be on my status bar or not at all. Well I could probably make it work but I would have to keep in a floating window mode.


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18 hours ago, securitybreach said:

Cool, I wonder if that could be added to polybar


Could you have an instance of i3bar configured with i3blockor i3status  running tickr in addition to polybar ? Seems easy enough to do looking at the i3wm user guide.


User guide see section 5



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