Makes RSS feeds out of Fidonet echomail areas.

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The Fido2RSS application makes RSS feeds out of Fidonet echomail areas.


  • Fido2RSS is written in JavaScript and requires Node.js (version 0.10 or newer) to run.

  • Fido2RSS supports only the JAM (Joaquim-Andrew-Mats) type of Fidonet message bases.

Installing Fido2RSS

(npm package version)

  • Latest packaged version: npm install -g fido2rss

  • Latest githubbed version: npm install -g

The application becomes installed globally and written in the PATH.

You may visit occasionally to read the latest README because the package's version is not planned to grow after changes when they happen in README only. (However, npm publish --force may happen eventually.)

Installing as a portable application

Instead of the above, download the ZIP-packed source code of Fido2RSS and unpack it to some directory. Then run npm install --production in that directory.

You may now move that directory (for example, on a flash drive) across systems as long as they have the required version of Node.js installed.

Unlike the above (npm -g), the application does not appear in the PATH, and thus you'll have to run it directly from the application's directory. You'll also have to use node fido2rss [options] instead of fido2rss [options].

Using Fido2RSS

You may run the installed application by typing in the command line:

fido2rss [options]

where [options] is a space-separated list of the following options and their values:

--lock path


The full path (with the filename) that is used to generate a lock file.

You may use it to prevent both Fido2RSS and HPT (or any other echomail processor that supports lock files) from running simultaneously and trying to process the same echomail area.

--base path


The full path (with the filename, but without extensions) of the JAM base.

--area name


The areatag (echotag) of the echomail area.

--msg number


How many latest messages are taken from the area and published to the RSS feed.

By default, 23.

--out path


The full path (with the filename) that is used to generate the RSS output file.

Testing Fido2RSS

(build testing status)

It is necessary to install JSHint for testing.

  • You may install JSHint globally (npm install jshint -g) or locally (npm install jshint in the directory of Fido2RSS).

After that you may run npm test (in the directory of Fido2RSS). Only the JS code errors are caught.


MIT License, see the LICENSE file.

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