Frequently Asked Questions

What is ReadKit?

ReadKit is a Mac read later client supporting all major provider: Instapaper, Pocket and Readability. Even more, ReadKit is a full-featured RSS reader as well. It supports Feedly, Fever, NewsBlur, Feed Wrangler and Feedbin services and it has a built in RSS engine (as an offline reader without syncing abilities). Finally, ReadKit can act as a bookmark client as well, it supports Pinboard service.

Which services are supported by ReadKit?

ReadKit supports services from Instapaper, Pocket, Readability, Pinboard, Feedly, Fever, NewsBlur, Feed Wrangler and Feedbin and it has its own built-in RSS engine.

Is there a trial version of ReadKit?

Yes, you can download a fully functional 14-day trial version of ReadKit.

Can ReadKit display a stripped down text version of articles and bookmarks?

Yes. You can see the text only version of any article, bookmark and feed story, even if it’s not provided by the author. ReadKit uses the text parsing engine of the providers (Instapaper, Pocket, Readability, Feedly, Fever, NewsBlur, Feed Wrangler and Feedbin) or you can do additional text stripping with the help of Readability’s best-of-breed web content parsing engine.

Do I need a paid subscription to use ReadKit?

It depends on which services are you using. For the built-in RSS engine you don’t need anything. It works out of the box.

You need a free account for Pocket, Readability and Feedly.

You need premium subscription to use ReadKit or any other 3rd party application with Instapaper, Pinboard, NewsBlur, Feed Wrangler and Feedbin.

Fever is a self-hosted RSS aggregator and it has a one time fee.

Can I move items between services?

Yes, of course! You can drag and drop articles, bookmarks and feed stories between the registered accounts, even multiple at once.

Can I share my reading on social networks?

Yes, you can. ReadKit supports macOS built-in sharing functionality, and you can share you reading with Instapaper, Pocket, Readability, Pinboard, Twitter, Facebook, Buffer, iMessage, Mail and you can save your articles into Evernote or Safari Reading List.

Can I use ReadKit without internet connection?

Yes, you can. ReadKit can cache all of your articles and images in a local database, so you can use it even if you are offline. But keep in mind that bookmark managing only works while the internet connection is active.

I’m an Instapaper subscriber but ReadKit says I’m not. What can I do?

  1. Check your bank statements when Instapaper last billed you – you need to see it hasn’t or the bills have not come the way they should have.
  2. If you find it has not been renewed, renew your Instapaper subscription from within the iOS device. (The Instapaper website is buggy.)
  3. You should be able to log in gracefully into ReadKit now.

Can I import my existing feed subscriptions into ReadKit from Google Reader or any other feed aggregator?

Yes, you can. ReadKit can import OPML into its built-in RSS engine or you can import your subscription directly via Feedly, Fever, NewsBlur, Feed Wrangler or Feedbin.

Can ReadKit display alerts in Notification Center?

Yes. For each individual smart folder within ReadKit, you can set whether you want to display notifications or hide them.

Does ReadKit has a unified inbox where I can see all of my unread items?

Smart folders can be used as unified folders but are more useful for everyone. These special folders act like “Smart playlists” in iTunes updating their contents real-time. Set up the way you want them and explore with the endless possibilities!

Can I customize the look of articles?

Yes, you can customize almost everything: font style, face, alignment, height, line spacing and page width. Even more ReadKit provides four built-in color themes.

Can I export articles from ReadKit into PDF?

Yes, you can export articles into PDF with macOS built in print into PDF functionality.

I’m visually impaired. How can I use ReadKit?

Every user interface element contains accessibility description in ReadKit, so you can use macOS built in accessibility and text-to-speech functions. Even more, you can customize the look of articles, go ahead and set text size as large as you need.

I received the message that "Database migration failed". What can I do?

The backend store of ReadKit has become corrupted. Reset ReadKit by deleting the following files (but make a backup copy for security reasons):

~/Library/Containers/com.webinhq.ReadKit/Data/Library/Application Support/ReadKit/ReadKit.storedata
~/Library/Containers/com.webinhq.ReadKit/Data/Library/Application Support/ReadKit/ReadKit.storedata-wal
~/Library/Containers/com.webinhq.ReadKit/Data/Library/Application Support/ReadKit/ReadKit.storedata-shm

Then, you can start ReadKit from a clean state.