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The RSSable Ruby gem

Pull the RSS feed for any website you want without worrying about the RSS feed existence or engine. The gem takes a URL address, finds the RSS feed, detects the generator and returns standardized feed interface as a simple Ruby object.


gem install rssable

What drivers are currently supported

In the most cases, all RSS feeds have the main structure standardized but sometimes it is required to parse the feed differently. Currently, following custom drivers are supported: wordpress, blogger, medium.com and jekyll. However, any RSS feed should work very well out of the box. If you will find a feed with the different structure that the gem does not handle well, please submit a new issue.

Usage Examples

All you have to do is to subscribe to a given URL (without specyfing the RSS feed URL):

channel = RSSable.subscribe("http://pdabrowski.com/blog")
channel.title # => "Ruby on Rails and Stuff by Paweł Dąbrowski"

If the RSS feed is not available it will return nil:

RSSable.subscribe("https://github.com") # => nil

Access the channel data

You can access the main channel attributes:

channel = RSSable.subscribe("http://pdabrowski.com/blog")

feed.title # => "Ruby on Rails and Stuff by Paweł Dąbrowski"
feed.description # => "Web development with Ruby on Rails"
feed.link # => "http://pdabrowski.com/blog"

Access the channel items

You can access the channel items by calling #items on the channel instance:

items = channel.items
items.size # => 10

last_article = items.first
last_article.title # => "3 things that slow down and make your RSpec tests worse"
last_article.link # => "http://pdabrowski.com/blog/ruby-on-rails/testing/3-things-that-slow-down-and-make-your-rspec-tests-worse/"
last_article.published_at # => "Wed, 21 Mar 2018 05:25:15 +0000"
last_article.author # => "Paweł Dąbrowski"
last_article.description # => "There are a lot of things that can slow down your tests – some of them are related to your code and some not."
last_article.tags # => ["Ruby on Rails", "RSpec"]
last_article.comments_count # => 15

Supported Ruby Versions

This gem was tested on the 2.5.0 version. If it's not working with older versions please add a new issue.

Committers and Contributors


Copyright (c) 2018 Paweł Dąbrowski. See LICENSE for details.