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This plugin can be used to read a RSS feed (via the Google Feed API) and transform it into a custom piece of HTML.


<!DOCTYPE html>
    <title>jquery.rss example</title>
    <script src="lib/jquery-1.6.4.min.js"></script>
    <script src="src/jquery.rss.js"></script>
      jQuery(function($) {
    <div id="rss-feeds"></div>


    // how many entries do you want?
    // default: 4
    limit: 10,

    // will request the API via https
    // default: false
    ssl: true,

    // outer template for the html transformation
    // default: "<ul>{entries}</ul>"
    layoutTemplate: '<div class='feed-container'>{entries}</div>',

    // inner template for each entry
    // default: '<li><a href="{url}">[{author}@{date}] {title}</a><br/>{shortBodyPlain}</li>'
    entryTemplate: '<p>{title}</p>',

    // additional token definition for in-template-usage
    // default: {}
    tokens: {
      foo: 'bar',
      bar: function(entry, tokens) { return entry.title }

    // output mode of google feed loader request
    // default: 'json'
    outputMode: 'json_xml'

  // User callback function called after feeds are successfully loaded.
  function callback() {}


As seen in the options, you can specify a template in order to transform the json objects into HTML. The basic format of that template is:


Using such a format, you can specify the structure of the entry-wise HTML, as well as the surrounding one. If you specify a template, which has no "entry"-tokens, the templates gets treated as entry-wise template without surrounding stuff.

So, let's say you have specified a limit of 2. Using the upper pseudo html. This will result in the following:


In order to get values for each entry, you can do something like this:

"<div class='rss-feeds'><ul>{entry}<li>{title}</li>{/entry}</ul></div>"

The {title} token will get replaced by the actual title. So you will get this:

  • Title 1
  • Title 2

There are some predefined tokens:

  • url: the url to the post
  • author: the author of the post
  • date: the publishing date
  • title: the title of the post
  • body: the complete content of the post
  • shortBody: the shortened content of the post
  • bodyPlain: the complete content of the post without html
  • shortBodyPlain: the shortened content of the post without html
  • teaserImage: the first image in the post's body
  • teaserImageUrl: the url of the first image in the post's body
  • index: the index of the current entry
  • totalEntries: the total count of the entries

You can also define custom tokens using the tokens option:

$('#foo').rss(url, {
  template: "{dynamic}, {static}, {re-use}",
  tokens: {
    dynamic: function(entry, tokens){ return "dynamic-stuff: " + entry.title },
    "re-use": function(entry, tokens){ return encodeURIComponent(tokens.teaserImageUrl) },
    static: "static"

Please make sure to NOT define infinite loops. The following example is really BAD:

$('#foo').rss(url, {
  template: "{loop}",
  tokens: {
    whoops: function(entry, tokens) { return tokens.loop() }
    loop: function(entry, tokens) { return tokens.whoops() }


The plugin also allows you to filter specific entries in order to only print them:

$("#foo").rss(url, {
  limit: 100,
  filterLimit: 10,
  filter: function(entry, tokens) {
    return tokens.title.indexOf('my filter') > -1

This will request 100 entries via the Feed API and renders the first 10 matching entries.


The test suite uses Mocha in the browser. Furthermore we are running the test suite with PhantomJS. In order to run the tests, you need to have the phantomjs binary ( in the PATH and run npm test in the root folder.

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