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An OPDS feed retrieval and rewriting tool.



  • Efficient parallel downloading of large feeds
  • Transparent rewriting of feed URIs to make feeds readable offline
  • Byte-for-byte reproducible feed archives (including fixing of time-related fields from feeds)
  • Search index generation for feeds
  • Well designed modular API for use in Java 11+ programs
  • Command line interface
  • Cover image scaling and recompression
  • EPUB squashing with epubsquash


  • Java 11+

How To Build

$ mvn clean package

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Usage: opdsget [options]
      The file containing authentication information
      The kind of content that will not be downloaded (Specify multiple times 
      for multiple kinds)
      Default: []
  * --feed
      The URI of the remote feed
      The logging level
      Default: info
      Possible Values: [error, info, debug, trace]
      The zip archive that will be created for the feed
  * --output-directory
      The directory that will contain the downloaded feed objects
      The base URI that will be placed into manifest files
      A scale value in the range (0.0, 1.0] by which to scale cover images
      Default: 1.0
      True if EPUB files should be squashed to reduce their size
      Default: false
      The maximum height of images
      Default: 1170.0
      The maximum width of images
      Default: 1600.0
      The image scale value
      Default: 1.0
      The name of the URI scheme used to rewrite URIs (if applicable)
      Default: file
      The strategy that will be used to rewrite URIs
      Default: RELATIVE
      Possible Values: [NONE, NAMED, RELATIVE]

To download a feed to directory /tmp/out, assuming that requires no authentication, simply run the following:

$ java -jar one.lfa.opdsget.cmdline-0.0.5-main.jar \
  --feed \
  --output-directory /tmp/out

The opdsget package uses jcommander to parse command line arguments and therefore also supports placing command line options into a file that can be referenced with @:

$ cat arguments.txt

$ java -jar one.lfa.opdsget.cmdline-0.0.5-main.jar @arguments.txt


The opdsget program is capable of producing a reproducible zip archive of any feed that it downloads. A reproducible zip is a zip archive with entries in alphabetical order, with any time-related fields in the entry set to fixed values. The opdsget API also sets frequently-changing time-related fields from feeds to fixed values in order to help ensure reproducible results. To produce a zip file /tmp/, use the --output-archive option:

$ java -jar one.lfa.opdsget.cmdline-0.0.5-main.jar \
  --feed \
  --output-directory /tmp/out \
  --output-archive /tmp/

Each downloaded object is stored in the output directory (and therefore, by extension, the resulting zip file) both by the SHA256 hash of the original URI and the type of the file. Links inside feeds are rewritten so that they point to files within the output directory (using relative paths). For example, a feed at will be placed in the output directory out at out/feeds/DD1E9BA1ECF8D7B30994CB07D62320DE5F8912D8DF336B874489FD2D9985AEB2.atom. Any reference to in subsequent feeds will be rewritten to file://feeds/DD1E9BA1ECF8D7B30994CB07D62320DE5F8912D8DF336B874489FD2D9985AEB2.atom by default.

It's possible to specify the strategy used to rewrite links with --uri-rewrite-strategy. The following strategies are available in the command-line interface:

  • NONE: Links are not rewritten at all
  • RELATIVE: Links are rewritten to be relative to the generated files.
  • NAMED: Links are rewritten to use a named URI scheme and prefixes are removed such that the files appear to be in the "root directory" of a filesystem.

For the NAMED strategy, --uri-rewrite-scheme-name is used to specify the scheme:

$ java -jar one.lfa.opdsget.cmdline-0.0.5-main.jar \
  --feed \
  --output-directory /tmp/out \
  --uri-rewrite-strategy NAMED \
  --uri-rewrite-scheme bundled-example

This will result in feeds containing links such as bundled-example://feeds/DD1E9BA1ECF8D7B30994CB07D62320DE5F8912D8DF336B874489FD2D9985AEB2.atom.

In some cases, it may be desirable to fetch the feeds but not the content (such as book images and/or the actual book files themselves). The --exclude-content-kind parameter may be specified one or more times to exclude specific content. For example, the following invocations will cause opdsget to avoid downloading book images, avoid downloading books, and avoid downloading anything other than feeds, respectively:

$ java -jar one.lfa.opdsget.cmdline-0.0.5-main.jar \
  --feed \
  --exclude-content-kind images \
  --output-directory /tmp/out

$ java -jar one.lfa.opdsget.cmdline-0.0.5-main.jar \
  --feed \
  --exclude-content-kind books \
  --output-directory /tmp/out

$ java -jar one.lfa.opdsget.cmdline-0.0.5-main.jar \
  --feed \
  --exclude-content-kind images \
  --exclude-content-kind books \
  --output-directory /tmp/out

Content that is excluded by the --exclude-content-kind parameter will not be affected by the --uri-rewrite-scheme option; only content that is actually downloaded will have rewritten links. By default, opdsget excludes nothing.

Search Index

The opdsget tool constructs a rudimentary search index for feeds.

When the opdsget tool encounters a document with an Atom entry element as the root element, it locates the title element and breaks it up into whitespace-delimited words. It then associates each of those words with the URI of the document. The associations between these collected words and document URIs are recorded into a file, index.txt, in a simple line-based format:

term = ? any uppercase alphanumeric string ?

uri = ? any valid URI ?

line_terminator = ( U+000D U+000A | U+000A ) ;

line = term , uri , line_terminator ;

file = { line } ;

An example index:

ADVENTURE simplified-bundled://feeds/D8038E93C488F0385F94D4F42E0FF481D9946C609254E600CF5EEEB7E51C14B1.atom
ADVENTURE simplified-bundled://feeds/DAD0E0D07CE3FCE49D620EABE32669805D90D3C8320E95A3F6AC30A09CD955DE.atom
ADVENTURES simplified-bundled://feeds/28AB7827DE7A98C2302A9DDC4046AC49FC4897DFFCF227A90838C30DB3E6257C.atom
AIVA simplified-bundled://feeds/F5713780AA60C83FA6C8523BA5568BE42BFBE8F5209E730A6BFADD4AE6823C3D.atom
ALICE simplified-bundled://feeds/84ACFE1FA1DC4D87DE0FB571F85027435553388272711B9BF7EA0046D0EFCEEF.atom
ALICES simplified-bundled://feeds/28AB7827DE7A98C2302A9DDC4046AC49FC4897DFFCF227A90838C30DB3E6257C.atom
ALPHABET simplified-bundled://feeds/7CFE34EF40DA0A4B4249DC652998C70700F527782E3C3CFC68683C16D9A056B2.atom

Image Scaling

The opdsget command line program provides an option, --scale-cover-images, that can optionally rescale and compress images that occur in OPDS feeds. It takes a real value in the range (0.0, 1.0] and scales cover images by that value.

For example, to scale all cover images by 50%:

$ java -jar one.lfa.opdsget.cmdline-0.0.5-main.jar \
  --feed \
  --output-directory /tmp/out \
  --output-archive /tmp/ \
  --scale-cover-images 0.5


The opdsget command line program supports a flexible pattern-based method to supply authentication data when downloading feeds. Many real-life OPDS feeds are spread across multiple domains and a single feed can require different types of authentication (or sometimes no authentication at all for specific links).

The opdsget command uses a simple line-based file format to specify patterns against which URIs are matched. Patterns are matched against URIs in the order that they are given in the file, stopping at the first pattern that matches. If no pattern matches the incoming URI, then no authentication data is assumed. Patterns use Java regular expression syntax and are matched against the entire URI including the scheme (http://, https://, etc).

An example authentication file:

# URIs ending with "download" refer to books and specifically require no authentication
http[s]?://www\.example\.com/media/.*/download  none

# Otherwise, feeds and images require auth, but no other domains do
http[s]?://www\.example\.com(/.*)?  basic:rblake:SizingFrightfulStiltRemovedMarsupialJukebox

The syntax of the file is given by the following EBNF:

pattern = ? any java.util.Pattern ?

line_terminator = ( U+000D U+000A | U+000A ) ;

line = pattern , authentication , line_terminator ;

authentication =
  | 'basic' , ':' , user , ':' , password ;

file = { line } ;

The two currently supported authentication types are none (meaning no credentials are sent with any request), and basic (HTTP Basic authentication).

Additionally, lines containing only whitespace, or starting with # are ignored.

Assuming the above example authentication file in, the feed can be fetched using authentication information with:

$ java -jar one.lfa.opdsget.cmdline-0.0.5-main.jar \
  --feed \
  --output-directory /tmp/out \
  --output-archive /tmp/ \


EPUB files can optionally be squashed with epubsquash. Squashing essentially unpacks an EPUB file, compresses overly-large images, and then repacks the EPUB resulting in a hopefully-much-smaller file. Use the --squash parameter to enable squashing, and the --squash-image-max-width and --squash-image-max-height parameters to control how images should be resized.


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