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tidyRSS is a package for extracting data from RSS feeds, including Atom feeds and JSON feeds. For geo-type feeds, see the section on changes in version 2 below, or jump directly to tidygeoRSS, which is designed for that purpose.

It is easy to use as it only has one function, tidyfeed(), which takes five arguments:

If parse_dates is TRUE, tidyfeed() will attempt to parse dates using the anytime package. Note that this removes some lower-level control that you may wish to retain over how dates are parsed. See this issue for an example.

Installation

It can be installed directly from CRAN with:

install.packages("tidyRSS")

The development version can be installed from GitHub with the remotes package:

remotes::install_github("robertmyles/tidyrss")

Usage

Here is how you can get the contents of the R Journal:

library(tidyRSS)

tidyfeed("http://journal.r-project.org/rss.atom")

Changes in version 2.0.0

The biggest change in version 2 is that tidyRSS no longer attempts to parse geo-type feeds into sf tibbles. This functionality has been moved to tidygeoRSS.

Issues

XML feeds can be finicky things, if you find one that doesn’t work with tidyfeed(), feel free to create an issue with the url of the feed that you are trying. Pull Requests are welcome if you’d like to try and fix it yourself. For older RSS feeds, some fields will almost never be ‘clean’, that is, they will contain things like newlines (\n) or extra quote marks. Cleaning these in a generic way is more or less impossible so I suggest you use stringr, strex and/or tools from base R such as gsub to clean these. This will mainly affect the item_description column of a parsed RSS feed, and will not often affect Atom feeds (and should never be a problem with JSON).

There are two other related packages that I’m aware of:

In comparison to feedeR, tidyRSS returns more information from the RSS feed (if it exists), and development on rss seems to have stopped some time ago.

Other

For the schemas used to develop the parsers in this package, see:

I’ve implemented most of the items in the schemas above. The following are not yet implemented:

Atom meta info:

Rss meta info: