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How to read the RSS and Atom feeds using Python

ALJI Mohamed

Overview

RSS and Atom feeds are web feeds. They are written in XML dialects. A web feed is a file used for providing users with frequently updated content, for instance, a list and a summary of the latest published articles on a website.

We can see an excerpt from an RSS feed file in the following widget, written in the RSS v2.0 format. It contains details about the RSS feed such as the _title_, the _description_, the _link_, which is the URL from where the web feed originated. The excerpt contains a single entry that details an online article, _PEP 679_.

import feedparser

feed = feedparser.parse("https://www.python.org/dev/peps/peps.rss")

print('Number of posts in RSS feede :', len(feed.entries))

entry = feed.entries[1]
print('First post Title :', entry.title)
Computing the number of entries in a remote web feed and displaying the first entry title

To parse an RSS or an Atom feed, we will use feedparser. It’s a universal feed parser and is available on PyPI.

Please use the command pip install feedparser to install the package.

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In the following Python snippet, the program will parse a remote RSS feed, compute the number of entries, and display the title of the first entry.

import feedparser

feed = feedparser.parse("https://www.python.org/dev/peps/peps.rss")

print('Number of posts in RSS feede :', len(feed.entries))

entry = feed.entries[1]
print('First post Title :', entry.title)
Compute the number of entries in a remote web feed and display the first entry title

Further documentation related to the feedparser API is available here.

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