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Python client code for the feedly api

Initializing a client

To initialize a client, first you need an access token. To just play around, login to feedly and go to the console. Then find the feedlyToken property. This is your web access token. You can make requests with this token but it will expire. It's not suitable for building an application, but will get you going.

If you're serious about building an app, you probably want to get a developer token. Check the page for more details.

You can run examples/ to get your access token saved into the default config directory, ~/.config/feedly. Then, you can initialize the client as follows:

from feedly.api_client.session import FeedlySession

sess = FeedlySession()

Clients are lightweight -- you can keep a client around for the lifetime of your program, or you can create a new one when needed. It's a bit more efficient to keep it around. If you do choose to create clients as needed, you should pass in the user's ID in the constructor, otherwise you'll incur a /v3/profile request.



To run the examples we provide, you'll first need to clone and install the project (preferably in a new virtualenv environment):

git clone
cd python-api-client
pip install .


When running an example, for the first time, you'll be prompted to enter your token. It will be saved in ~/.config/feedly

API Oriented Usage

You can use the FeedlySession object to make arbitrary API requests. E.g.:

  "id": "feed/",
  "feedId": "feed/",
  "title": "Feedly Blog",

Object Oriented Usage

Retrieving Streams

Alternatively, you can use the object-oriented code, which facilitates common usage patterns. E.g. you can list your user categories:

{'comics': <UserCategory: user/xxx/category/aaa>,
 'econ': <UserCategory: user/xxx/category/bbb>,
 'global.must': <UserCategory: user/xxx/category/ccc>,
 'politics': <UserCategory: user/xxx/category/ddd>,

where xxx is your actual user ID.

It's not necessary to list categories beforehand, if you know the ones that exist, you can get one on the fly, by querying it by id or name:

sess.user.user_categories.get('comics')  # From the category name
sess.user.user_categories.get('aaa')  # From the category id
<UserCategory: user/xxx/category/aaa>

You can access:

  • User feeds with sess.user.user_categories
  • User boards with sess.user.user_tags
  • Team feeds with sess.user.enterprise_categories
  • Team boards with sess.user.enterprise_tags

Accessing Entries (articles)

If you need to access entries or entry IDs, you can use easily stream them via stream_contents and stream_ids, respectively:

with FeedlySession(auth_token=token) as sess:
    for eid in sess.user.user_categories.get('politics').stream_ids():

Take note of the StreamOptions class. There are important max_count and count properties that control streaming. To download all items, something like this could be done:

opts = StreamOptions(max_count=sys.maxsize) # down all items that exist
opts.count = sys.maxsize # download as many items as possible in every API request
with FeedlySession() as sess:
    for eid in sess.user.get_category('politics').stream_ids(opts):

Tagging Existing Entries

with FeedlySession() as sess:

Odds and Ends

Feedly APIs are rate limited. Do not make multiple requests concurrently. You can download quite a few entries at a time, see the previous section for details. Once you get rate limited, the client will stop any attempted requests until you have available quota.

To debug things, set the log level to DEBUG. This will print log messages on every API request.

Token Management

The above examples assume the auth (access) token is valid. However these tokens do expire. Instead of passing the auth token itself, you can create a feedly.session.Auth implementation to refresh the auth token. A file based implementation is already provided (FileAuthStore). Once this is done the client will automatically try to refresh the auth token if a 401 response is encountered.

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