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An easy-to-use rss plugin for jquery with templating.
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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>


$("#rss-feeds").rss("", {
  // how many entries do you want? default: 4
  limit: 10,

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

  // template for the html transformation
  // default: "<ul>{entry}<li><a href='{url}'>[{author}@{date}] {title}</a><br/>{shortBodyPlain}</li>{/entry}</ul>"
  template: "<div class='feed-container'>{entry}<p>{title}</p>{/entry}</div>",

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


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

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() }

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