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Search sites for RSS and JSON feeds

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Feedsearch is a Python library for searching websites for RSS and JSON feeds.

It was originally based on Feedfinder2 written by Dan Foreman-Mackey, which in turn is based on feedfinder - originally written by Mark Pilgrim and subsequently maintained by Aaron Swartz until his untimely death.

The main differences with Feedfinder2 are that Feedsearch supports JSON feeds, and allows for optional fetching of Feed and Site metadata.


Feedsearch is called with the single function search:

>>> from feedsearch import search
>>> feeds = search('')
>>> feeds
[FeedInfo(''), FeedInfo('')]
>>> feeds[0].url

To get Feed and Site metadata:

>>> feeds = search('', info=True)
>>> feeds
>>> pprint(vars(feeds[0]))
{'bozo': 0,
 'content_type': 'text/xml; charset=UTF-8',
 'description': 'Latest Articles and Investigations from ProPublica, an '
                'independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative '
                'journalism in the public interest.',
 'favicon': '',
 'favicon_data_uri': '',
 'hub': '',
 'is_push': True,
 'score': 4,
 'self_url': '',
 'site_name': 'ProPublica',
 'site_url': '',
 'title': 'Articles and Investigations - ProPublica',
 'url': '',
 'version': 'rss20'}

Search will always return a list of FeedInfo objects, each of which will always have a url property. Feeds are sorted by the score value from highest to lowest, with a higher score theoretically indicating a more relevant feed, but whatever you do don’t take this seriously.

If you only want the raw urls, then simply use a list comprehension on the result:

>>> feeds = search('')
>>> feeds
[FeedInfo(''), FeedInfo('')]
>>> urls = [f.url for f in feeds]
>>> urls
['', '']

In addition to the URL, the search function takes the following optional keyword arguments:

  • info: bool: Get Feed and Site Metadata. Defaults False.
  • check_all: bool: Check all <link> and <a> tags on page. Defaults False.
  • user_agent: str: User-Agent Header string. Defaults to Package name.
  • timeout: int or tuple: Timeout for each request in the search (not a timeout for the search method itself). Defaults to 30 seconds.
  • max_redirects: int: Maximum number of redirects for each request. Defaults to 30.
  • parser: str: BeautifulSoup parser for HTML parsing. Defaults to ‘html.parser’.
  • exceptions: bool: If False, will gracefully handle Requests exceptions and attempt to keep searching. If True, will leave Requests exceptions uncaught to be handled by the caller. Defaults False.
  • favicon_data_uri: bool: Convert Favicon to Data Uri. Defaults False.

FeedInfo Values

FeedInfo objects may have the following values if info is True:

  • bozo: int: Set to 1 when feed is not well formed. Defaults 0.
  • content_type: str: Content-Type value of the returned feed.
  • description: str: Feed description.
  • favicon: str: Url of site Favicon.
  • favicon_data_uri: str: Data Uri of site Favicon.
  • hub: str: Websub hub of feed if available.
  • is_push: bool: True if feed contains valid Websub data.
  • score: int: Computed relevance of feed url. May be safely ignored.
  • self_url: str: ref=”self” value returned from feed links. In some cases is different from feed url.
  • site_name: str: Name of feed’s website.
  • site_url: str: URL of feed’s website.
  • title: str: Feed Title.
  • url: str: URL location of feed.
  • version: Feed version XML values, or JSON feed.

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