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How to Parse RSS Feed in Javascript


In the world of web development, RSS feeds have become a popular way to distribute and consume content. They allow users to easily stay up-to-date with the latest news, blog posts, podcasts, and more. In this blog post, we will explore how to parse RSS feeds in Javascript, a powerful and versatile programming language commonly used for web development.

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Parsing an RSS feed involves extracting the relevant data from the feed, such as the title, date, and content of each article, and then displaying it on a webpage or app. While there are many libraries and tools available for parsing RSS feeds, in this post, we will focus on using Javascript to parse RSS feeds.

We will walk through the process step-by-step, explaining each step in detail and providing code examples along the way. By the end of this post, you will have a solid understanding of how to parse RSS feeds in Javascript, and be able to implement it in your own web projects.

But first, let's talk about why parsing RSS feeds is important for SEO. By adding RSS feeds to your website, you can improve your search engine rankings by providing fresh and relevant content on a regular basis. Additionally, RSS feeds make it easy for other websites to syndicate your content, increasing your visibility and reach online.

So, whether you're a blogger, content creator, or web developer, learning how to parse RSS feeds in Javascript is a valuable skill that can help you enhance your website's SEO and provide a better user experience for your visitors. Let's get started!

What is an RSS Feed

An RSS feed is a format used to distribute and share content online. It allows website owners and content creators to syndicate their content and make it available to a wider audience.

RSS stands for "Really Simple Syndication" and is often referred to as a "web feed". It's a standard format that's used to publish frequently updated content, such as blog posts, news articles, podcasts, and videos.

When you subscribe to an RSS feed, you receive updates automatically whenever new content is added. This makes it easy to stay up-to-date with your favorite websites and content creators without having to manually check for updates.

RSS feeds are usually displayed in a list format, with the title, date, and a brief description of each item. Users can then click on the items to view the full content on the original website.

From an SEO perspective, RSS feeds are important because they can help improve your website's visibility and reach online. By adding an RSS feed to your website, you can provide fresh and relevant content on a regular basis, which can help to improve your search engine rankings.

In addition, RSS feeds make it easy for other websites and content creators to syndicate your content, which can increase your visibility and reach online. This can lead to more traffic and backlinks to your website, both of which can improve your SEO.

In conclusion, an RSS feed is a powerful tool for distributing and syndicating content online. By adding an RSS feed to your website and learning how to parse RSS feeds in Javascript, you can improve your website's SEO and provide a better user experience for your visitors.

How to Parse an RSS Feed

Imagine you have an RSS feed similar to this. The objective is to obtain that RSS feed, analyze the data it contains, and take action with it. RSS is an XML format, whereas JSON is arguably easier to work with than XML. While many APIs provide JSON results, RSS is less likely to receive them, despite their existence.

Let's finish this up.

It's probably a good idea to validate the feed first. That way, you can be sure you're using a response that is at least valid (parsing may fail on invalid responses).

The RSS feed's URL will then need to be requested over the network. The native fetch API of JavaScript will be used since it is the most efficient. It undoubtedly works in browsers, and it appears that Node has a pretty well-liked implementation of it.

We'll do as follows:

  1. Call the URL
  2. First parse the response as text
  3. Then parse the text with DOMParser()
  4. Then use the data like we would if we had a normal DOM reference
const RSS_URL = ``;

    .then(response => response.text())
    .then(str => new window.DOMParser().parseFromString(str, "text/xml"))
    .then(data => console.log(data))
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We can execute our tasks in that regard. When it comes to nested elements, RSS is somewhat similar to HTML. Our information will look like this:

        <title>Feed Title</title> 
            <title>A sad rain cloud</title> 
            <dc:creator>Bill Gilmore</dc:creator>
        <!-- a bunch more items -->
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In order to find those elements, we can querySelectorAll and then loop over them as needed. Here, I'll create a template for a number of elements and then put them onto a webpage:

  .then(response => response.text())
  .then(str => new window.DOMParser().parseFromString(str, "text/xml"))
  .then(data => {
    const items = data.querySelectorAll("item");
    let html = ``;
    items.forEach(el => {
      html += `
          <img src="${el.querySelector("link").innerHTML}/image/large.png" alt="">
            <a href="${el.querySelector("link").innerHTML}" target="_blank" rel="noopener">
    document.body.insertAdjacentHTML("beforeend", html);
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JQuery Syntax

I’ve always thought jQuery made for a nice Ajax library, plus it has some helpers all around. This is how you’d do it in jQuery.

const RSS_URL =;

$.ajax(RSS_URL, {

accepts: {

xml: "application/rss+xml"


dataType: "xml",

success: function(data) {



     .each(function() {

       const el = $(this);

       const template =
          <img src="${el.find("link").text()}/image/large.png" alt="">
            <a href="${el.find("link").text()}" target="_blank" rel="noopener">

document.body.insertAdjacentHTML("beforeend", template);




I'd say it's a little strange to rely on a third-party API (and I consider RSS an API) to render crucial content on your site if you're going to do this in practice on a production site. I would most likely create the request on a server-side timer (CRON), cache it, and then have your front-end use the information from that cache. faster and safer.


In conclusion, parsing RSS feeds in JavaScript can be a useful tool for developers looking to integrate dynamic content into their websites. With the right tools and knowledge, parsing RSS feeds can be a relatively simple process that can provide great benefits.

To parse an RSS feed in JavaScript, developers can use various libraries such as rss-parser, FeedEk, or jFeed. These libraries allow developers to easily retrieve, parse, and manipulate RSS feeds in JavaScript.

However, it is important to note that some RSS feeds may not be accessible due to CORS (Cross-Origin Resource Sharing) restrictions. In such cases, developers can use server-side solutions such as a proxy server to retrieve the RSS feed data.

By implementing RSS feeds into their websites, developers can keep their content up-to-date and provide their users with a more dynamic and engaging experience. Moreover, search engines often prioritize websites with fresh, high-quality content, so incorporating RSS feeds into your website can also help improve your website's SEO rankings.

In conclusion, with the right tools and knowledge, parsing RSS feeds in JavaScript can be a valuable addition to any developer's toolkit. By implementing RSS feeds, developers can provide their users with up-to-date, engaging content while also improving their website's SEO rankings.

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