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9.3 RSS feeds

Org can add and change entries based on information found in RSS feeds and Atom feeds. You could use this to make a task out of each new podcast in a podcast feed. Or you could use a phone-based note-creating service on the web to import tasks into Org. To access feeds, configure the variable org-feed-alist. The docstring of this variable has detailed information. Here is just an example:

(setq org-feed-alist
         "~/txt/org/feeds.org" "Slashdot Entries")))

will configure that new items from the feed provided by rss.slashdot.org will result in new entries in the file ‘~/org/feeds.org’ under the heading ‘Slashdot Entries’, whenever the following command is used:

C-c C-x g
Collect items from the feeds configured in org-feed-alist and act upon them.
C-c C-x G
Prompt for a feed name and go to the inbox configured for this feed.

Under the same headline, Org will create a drawer ‘FEEDSTATUS’ in which it will store information about the status of items in the feed, to avoid adding the same item several times. You should add ‘FEEDSTATUS’ to the list of drawers in that file:


For more information, including how to read atom feeds, see ‘org-feed.el’ and the docstring of org-feed-alist.

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