Github code before re-design? I want to self host the old version

Hi there,

Does anyone know which branch on Github has the pre re-design code? Or if not then which commit in the master branch made the change from old to new?

ngl I prefer the old version and I rather swap to self hosted then use the new one even if it’s technically more difficult to setup

Good luck with self-hosting the old version. It’s a lot of work. It’s on the python2 branch and is available on github. But part of the big redesign is the backend and that was upgraded to python 3 and to use Docker. So now it’s a single line command to get up and running, whereas before you had to manually install 4 databases and get all the dependencies working. It’s not so easy.

I recommend working with me to talk about changes you’d like to make to the site. I’m adding a comfortable/compact option to address the biggest need I’ve heard, which is to make the web app more dense. Apart from that, there aren’t that many changes.

Thanks for the reply! Appreciate your work I’m just not a big fan of the changes.
If I need to sum up: harder to read everything, I want to leave Newsblur now to read the the content I want whereas before that it was comfy to do it inside Newsblur

The whole thing were more compact. The bold blacks were blacks and not washed out greys

I read Reddit through RSS and now everything is stretched over the text like if no CSS is loading. But other sites are stretching photos extremely too (yes I set the preferences). But if they were below 700px they were kept as is not stretched to 700px (maybe I’m wrong but I’m pretty sure Newsblur respected the original resolution)


And once again the font wants to make me leave Newsblur to open Reddit. Was it Verdana before that (I’m on Windows 10)?

But yeah I feels like old version is the only way to go for me. Maybe I’m in the extreme minority though.
In the end it makes me spend less time on Newsblur.

Both of those issues have now been fixed. Images now display correctly and I added a compact/comfortable option. Let me know how that works out!

Oh, and you asked about the font. I just fixed the sans-serif font. It was Verdana but I switched it to Helvetica Neue. It was showing up as Whitney, but that’s now fixed.

Thanks for the compact option, that does solve the feed list issue.

I guess I’m not a fan of Helvetica Neue, so I used these user styles to make it back to what it was:

@-moz-document domain("") {
.NB-theme-sans-serif #story_pane {
    font-family: "Lucida Grande",Verdana,"Helvetica Neue",Helvetica,sans-serif;

.NB-body-main {
    font-family: "Lucida Grande",Verdana,"Helvetica Neue",Helvetica,sans-serif;

.NB-feedlist {
   font-size: 11px;


Note that I am not a css wizard, so those are likely to be clunky hacks, but they seem to work. (I use GitHub - openstyles/stylus: Stylus - Userstyles Manager btw)