An R package for extracting tidy data frames from RSS, Atom, JSON and geoRSS feeds
Switch branches/tags
Nothing to show
Clone or download
Fetching latest commit…
Cannot retrieve the latest commit at this time.
Permalink
Failed to load latest commit information.
R ⛵️ Aug 29, 2018
data
man
vignettes
.Rbuildignore
.gitignore
.travis.yml
DESCRIPTION
LICENSE
NAMESPACE
NEWS.md
README.Rmd
README.md
tidyRSS.Rproj

README.md

CRAN_Status_Badge CRAN_Download_Badge CRAN_Download_Badge

tidyRSS is a package for extracting data from RSS feeds, including Atom feeds, JSON feeds and georss feeds.

It is easy to use as it only has one function, tidyfeed(), which takes two arguments, the url of the feed and a logical flag for whether you want a geoRSS feed returned as a simple features dataframe or not. Running this function will return a tidy data frame of the information contained in the feed. If the url is not an rss or atom feed, it will return an error message.

Included in the package is a simple dataset, a list of feed urls, which you can use to experiment with. You can access this with data("feeds").

Installation

It can be installed directly from CRAN with:

install.packages("tidyRSS")

The development version can be installed from GitHub with the devtools package.

devtools::install_github("robertmyles/tidyrss")

Usage

RSS feeds can be parsed with tidyfeed(), and some examples are included in the “feeds” dataset. Here is an example of using the package:

library(tidyRSS)

data("feeds")

# select a feed:
rss <- sample(feeds$feeds, 1)

tidyfeed(rss)
#> # A tibble: 50 x 5
#>    feed_title  feed_link   item_title    item_date_published item_link    
#>    <chr>       <chr>       <chr>         <dttm>              <chr>        
#>  1 Instructab… http://www… All  You Nee… 2018-07-04 10:03:03 http://www.i…
#>  2 Instructab… http://www… Automatic Ra… 2018-07-04 09:35:14 http://www.i…
#>  3 Instructab… http://www… DIY survival… 2018-07-04 09:27:17 http://www.i…
#>  4 Instructab… http://www… Recycled and… 2018-07-04 08:29:32 http://www.i…
#>  5 Instructab… http://www… ESP8266 Temp… 2018-07-04 08:23:55 http://www.i…
#>  6 Instructab… http://www… How to Cool … 2018-07-04 06:58:42 http://www.i…
#>  7 Instructab… http://www… DIY Laundry … 2018-07-04 06:38:56 http://www.i…
#>  8 Instructab… http://www… DIY Li-ion C… 2018-07-04 05:54:44 http://www.i…
#>  9 Instructab… http://www… Aluminum Cas… 2018-07-04 04:55:02 http://www.i…
#> 10 Instructab… http://www… Receipt hold… 2018-07-04 04:44:50 http://www.i…
#> # ... with 40 more rows

More information is contained in the vignette: vignette("tidyrss", package = "tidyRSS").

Issues

RSS & Atom XML feeds can be finicky things, if you find one that doesn’t work with tidyfeed(), let me know. Please include the url of the feed that you are trying. Pull requests and general feedback are welcome. Many feeds are malformed. What this means is that, for a well-formed feed, you’ll get back a tidy data frame with information on the feed and the individual items (like blog posts, for example), including content. For malformed feeds, it will be less than this, as tidyfeed() deletes NA columns, where the information wasn’t in the feed in the first place.

Related

The package is a ‘tidy’ version of two other related packages, rss and feedeR, both of which return lists. In comparison to feedeR, tidyRSS returns more information from the RSS feed (if it exists), and development on rss seems to have stopped some time ago.

Other

For an example Shiny app that uses geoRSS, see here.