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How to Install Reader Self on Cloud9 IDE

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    Reader Self is a free, open source, and self-hosted RSS feed reader app similar to Feedly. We’ve covered many other RSS feed readers before and it’s your call to choose the reader that better fits your taste and requirements., now if you want to try Jotter before being fully committed to using it, then you can try deploying it on Cloud9 IDE and this post is to help just do that.

    This post will present a step by step guide on how to install Reader Self for free on Cloud9 for development purposes, please note that it’s not advisable to install a Production version of Reader Self on Cloud9 as the free tier isn’t designed for that purpose. Now, and without further ado let’s dive into the tutorial.


    First, you’ll need to sign-up for the free version of Cloud9.

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    Step One

    After signing up and confirming your email, you’ll be directed to your dashboard, just click on the “create a new workspace” tab.

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    Step Two

    You’ll be directed to a new window where you should configure your workspace, select the php option, in the “Clone from Git” field just copy and paste the following link “https://github.com/readerself/readerself.git”, and then hit the “create workspace” tab.

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    Step Three

    In your workspace window, just click on the “Run Project” arrow, then click on “Preview”, the installation window will appear in a browser-like window on the side of your screen.

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    Step Four

    To prevent any problems during the installation (HTTP and HTTPS conflict), just click on the pop-out icon in the browser-like window as seen below, and change the HTTPS to HTTP.


    Step Five

    Now, you’ll be directed to the installation window, just select “SQLite” and then enter your email and password as they’ll be your login credentials.

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    Step Six

    Now, the installation should complete and you’ll be prompted by a confirmation window, in that window select the  “Go to home”  tab.

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    Step Seven

    Congratulations, now you have a fully functional installation of Reader Self on Cloud9, as it’s been advised above this installation should be for development purposes only and not for production.

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