Tiny jQuery Based RSS Reader With Custom Template - RSS.js

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Tiny jQuery Based RSS Reader With Custom Template - RSS.js

A lightweight, customizable jQuery RSS reader which has the ability to parse and display RSS/ATOM feeds with custom date rendering templates on the webpage.

Currently it works a jQuery wrapper for the vanilla-rss library. It also supports aggregating items from multiple RSS feeds since v4.2.0.

How to use it:

1. Link to the required JavaScript files as follow:

<script src="//code.jquery.com/jquery.min.js"></script>
<script src="dist/jquery.rss.min.js"></script>

2. Include the OPTIONAL moment.js library if you want to use a custom data format:

<script src="moment.min.js"></script>

3. Create an empty DIV container for the RSS reader.

<div id="rss-feeds"></div>

4. Initialize the RSS reader and pass the RSS url as the first parameter to the rss function.

<!-- OR -->
  "rss url 1",
  "rss url 2",
  "rss url 3"

5. Predefined tokes for templating:

  • 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
  • feed: contains high level information of the feed (e.g. title of the website)
  layoutTemplate: "<ul>{entries}</ul>",
  entryTemplate: "<li><a href="{url}">[{author}@{date}] {title}</a><br/>{shortBodyPlain}</li>"

6. Limit the number of entries to fetch.

  limit: 10

7. Override the default RSS parser service. Default: http://www.feedrapp.info/.

  host: "www.feedrapp.info"

8. Render the RSS feeds on the page and execute a function after rendering.

.then(() => console.log('cool'));

9. Full configuration options and callback functions.

  ssl: true,
  host: "www.feedrapp.info",
  support: true // enables ads
  limit: 4,
  layoutTemplate: "<ul>{entries}</ul>",
    '<li><a href="{url}">[{author}@{date}] {title}</a><br/>{shortBodyPlain}</li>',
  tokens: { additional token definition for in-template-usage
    foo: 'bar',
    bar: function(entry, tokens) { return entry.title }
  outputMode: "json",
  dateFormat: "dddd MMM Do",
  dateFormatFunction: function(date){},
  dateLocale: "en",
  order: '-publishedDate', // All entry properties; title, link, content, contentSnippet, publishedDate, categories, author, thumbnail
  fetchFeed: (apiUrl) => {
    return new Promise((resolve) => {
      $.getJSON(apiUrl, resolve);
  offsetStart: false, // offset start point
  offsetEnd: false, // offset end point
  filterLimit: 10, // filter results
  filter: function(entry, tokens) {
    return tokens.title.indexOf('my filter') > -1

10. Available event listeners.

  .on('data', (data) => {
    console.log(data.rss); // Returns the rss instance
    console.log(data.feed); // Returns the feed meta information
    console.log(data.entries); // Returns the feed entries


v4.3.0 (2019-11-17)

  • Add support for sorting entries

v4.2.0 (2019-11-17)

  • Add support for multiple feed URLs

v4.1.0 (2019-11-07)

  • Add support for custom feed encoding

v4.0.0 (2019-10-25)

  • Replace business logic with Vanilla RSS
  • Removed effects.

v3.3.1 (2019-09-29)

  • Fixed demo page
  • Added more options

This awesome jQuery plugin is developed by sdepold. For more Advanced Usages, please check the demo page or visit the official website.