rss

RSS feed generator. A really simple API to add RSS feeds to any project.

npm install rss
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Fast and simple RSS generator/builder for Node projects. Supports enclosures and GeoRSS.

Install

$ npm install rss

Usage

Create a new feed

var RSS = require('rss');

var feed = new RSS(feedOptions);

feedOptions

  • title string Title of your site or feed
  • description optional string A short description of the feed.
  • generator optional string Feed generator.
  • feed_url url string Url to the rss feed.
  • site_url url string Url to the site that the feed is for.
  • image_url optional *url string Small image for feed readers to use.
  • docs optional url string Url to documentation on this feed.
  • author string Who owns this feed.
  • managingEditor optional string Who manages content in this feed.
  • webMaster optional string Who manages feed availability and technical support.
  • copyright optional string Copyright information for this feed.
  • language optional string The language of the content of this feed.
  • categories optional array of strings One or more categories this feed belongs to.
  • pubDate optional Date object or date string The publication date for content in the feed
  • ttl optional integer Number of minutes feed can be cached before refreshing from source.
  • hub optional PubSubHubbub hub url Where is the PubSubHubb hub located.

Add items to a feed

An item can be used for a blog entry, project update, log entry, etc. Your RSS feed an have any number of items. Most feeds use 20 or fewer items.

feed.item(itemOptions);

itemOptions

  • title string Title of this particular item.
  • description string Content for the item. Can contain html but link and image urls must be absolute path including hostname.
  • url url string Url to the item. This could be a blog entry.
  • guid unique string A unique string feed readers use to know if an item is new or has already been seen. If you use a guid never change it. If you don't provide a guid then your item urls must be unique.
  • categories optional array of strings If provided, each array item will be added as a category element
  • author optional string If included it is the name of the item's creator. If not provided the item author will be the same as the feed author. This is typical except on multi-author blogs.
  • date Date object or date string The date and time of when the item was created. Feed readers use this to determine the sort order. Some readers will also use it to determine if the content should be presented as unread.
  • lat optional number The latitude coordinate of the item.
  • long optional number The longitude coordinate of the item.

Feed XML

var xml = feed.xml(indent);

This returns the XML as a string.

indent optional string What to use as a tab. Defaults to no tabs (compressed). For example you can use '\t' for tab character, or ' ' for two-space tabs.

Example Usage

var RSS = require('rss');

/* lets create an rss feed */
var feed = new RSS({
    title: 'title',
    description: 'description',
    feed_url: 'http://example.com/rss.xml',
    site_url: 'http://example.com',
    image_url: 'http://example.com/icon.png',
    docs: 'http://example.com/rss/docs.html',
    author: 'Dylan Greene',
    managingEditor: 'Dylan Greene',
    webMaster: 'Dylan Greene',
    copyright: '2013 Dylan Greene',
    language: 'en',
    categories: ['Category 1','Category 2','Category 3'],
    pubDate: 'May 20, 2012 04:00:00 GMT',
    ttl: '60'
});

/* loop over data and add to feed */
feed.item({
    title:  'item title',
    description: 'use this for the content. It can include html.',
    url: 'http://example.com/article4?this&that', // link to the item
    guid: '1123', // optional - defaults to url
    categories: ['Category 1','Category 2','Category 3','Category 4'], // optional - array of item categories
    author: 'Guest Author', // optional - defaults to feed author property
    date: 'May 27, 2012', // any format that js Date can parse.
    lat: 33.417974, //optional latitude field for GeoRSS
    long: -111.933231, //optional longitude field for GeoRSS
    enclosure: {url:'...', file:'path-to-file'} // optional enclosure
});

// cache the xml to send to clients
var xml = feed.xml();

Tests

Tests included use Mocha. Use npm test to run the tests.

$ npm test

Notes

  • You do not need to escape anything. This module will escape characters when necessary.
  • This module is very fast but you might as well cache the output of xml() and serve it until something changes.

History

I started this module over two years ago (April 2011) because there weren't any Node modules for creating RSS. Besides these 25 modules I would love to know what other projects are using it.

Contributing

Contributions to the project are welcome. Feel free to fork and improve. I do my best accept pull requests in a timely manor, especially when tests and updated docs are included.

License

(The MIT License)

Copyright (c) 2011-2013 Dylan Greene dylang@gmail.com

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the 'Software'), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED 'AS IS', WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.

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