Before you begin, you’ll need to verify the following:
You need access to a hosting/VDS running a http server and a database
(mysql or postgresql). Your database should properly support unicode.
You will need to acquire database credentials, i.e. login, password,
and a database name. If you don’t have a database already created, you
need to do so before installing. Tiny Tiny RSS can coexist with other
applications in a shared database, creating a dedicated one is not
Your http server should be running PHP version 5.4 or later. Having
an accelerator like php-apc is highly recommended. See also: PhpCompatibilityNotes.
The manual assumes you have basic knowledge of Git SCM.
After you have gone through the above list, you can proceed to the
Proceed with the installation using the easy installer. It will ask
your database credentials and a full URL on which tt-rss will be
accessed, for example http://your.site.com/tt-rss/install/.
It is required that the URL is an externally accessible one (if any),
don’t use localhost there, it will break PUSH support. If
you are deploying tt-rss on LAN, you can disregard this requirement.
The easy installer will generate config.php for you,
after you have entered your database credentials and initialized tt-rss
database. You will need to either copy text from the installer and paste
it into config.php on the server, or, if possible, the
installer will be able to do it for you automatically.
It is suggested that you read through config.php to see
if you need to enable additional functionality or change default
After finishing with the installer, open your Tiny Tiny RSS
installation at http://your.site.com/tt-rss/ and login with
default credentials (username: admin, password:
Go to preferences and change your password!
You will also need to decide on the method tt-rss uses to update
feeds. This is a separate topic, outlined in UpdatingFeeds.
If all went well, you may proceed to use tt-rss normally. Create a
separate non-admin user, login under it, and start importing your feeds,
subscribing, and configure it to your taste.
Don’t forget to read UpdatingFeeds otherwise your feeds won’t update
There are many plugins written for tt-rss. You can see the list here: Plugins.
Upgrading Tiny Tiny RSS
It is highly recommended to temporarily disable any third party themes
and user CSS customizations before upgrading. Don’t forget to empty your
browser cache if you experience weird bugs right after upgrading.
Note that you should upgrade to the latest version available, installing
intermediate releases sequentially is not needed.
1. Using Git
Change to tt-rss directory on your server and run:
git pull origin master
That’s it. Proceed to next section.
2. Merging new config.php directives and updating the database
After the files have been upgraded by newer versions, open tt-rss. It
may complain about missing directives in config.php. If
that happens, you will need to either merge new stuff from
config.php-dist to your config.php or remove
config.php and rerun the installer (take note to copy
previous value of FEED_CRYPT_KEY if you have feeds with
DO NOT INITIALIZE DATABASE when upgrading. This will remove all your
Afterwards, you may be redirected to the database updater. Log in with
admin credentials and follow instructions.
Finishing that, you should be able to use tt-rss normally by logging in
with your normal account.
3. Post-upgrade tasks
You might need to clear your browser cache if you experience CSS or
script-related issues, older scripts might have stuck in it.
Do not copy cache directories from your old tt-rss version, it is
unnecessary and potentially creates problems if you don’t preserve file
If you are using an accelerator like php-apc you might need to
restart apache if older cached versions of PHP files got stuck in cache
(this happens rarely, but is a possibility).