reader is a Python feed reader library.

It aims to allow writing feed reader applications without any business code, and without enforcing a dependency on a particular framework.


reader allows you to:

  • retrieve, store, and manage Atom, RSS, and JSON feeds

  • mark entries as read or important

  • add tags and metadata to feeds

  • filter feeds and articles

  • full-text search articles

  • write plugins to extend its functionality

  • skip all the low level stuff and focus on what makes your feed reader different

…all these with:

  • a stable, clearly documented API

  • excellent test coverage

  • fully typed Python

What reader doesn’t do:

  • provide an UI

  • provide a REST API (yet)

  • depend on a web framework

  • have an opinion of how/where you use it

The following exist, but are optional (and frankly, a bit unpolished):

  • a minimal web interface

    • that works even with text-only browsers

    • with automatic tag fixing for podcasts (MP3 enclosures)

  • a command-line interface


What does it look like? Here is an example of reader in use:

$ pip install reader
>>> from reader import make_reader
>>> reader = make_reader('db.sqlite')
>>> reader.add_feed('')
>>> reader.update_feeds()
>>> entries = list(reader.get_entries())
>>> [e.title for e in entries]
['H.I. #108: Project Cyclops', 'H.I. #107: One Year of Weird', ...]
>>> reader.mark_entry_as_read(entries[0])
>>> [e.title for e in reader.get_entries(read=False)]
['H.I. #107: One Year of Weird', 'H.I. #106: Water on Mars', ...]
>>> [e.title for e in reader.get_entries(read=True)]
['H.I. #108: Project Cyclops']
>>> reader.update_search()
>>> for e in list(reader.search_entries('year'))[:3]:
...     title = e.metadata.get('.title')
...     print(title.value, title.highlights)
H.I. #107: One Year of Weird (slice(15, 19, None),)
H.I. #52: 20,000 Years of Torment (slice(17, 22, None),)
H.I. #83: The Best Kind of Prison ()

API reference

If you are looking for information on a specific function, class, or method, this part of the documentation is for you.

Unstable features

The following are optional features that are still being worked on. They may become their own packages, get merged into the main library, or be removed in the future.

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