Python Tutorial: How to Parse and Combine RSS News headlines using feedparser

Python Tutorial: How to Parse and Combine RSS News headlines using feedparser

This python code will take a list of RSS newsfeed urls, fetch and combine all the news headlines into one list.  The feedparser package is required, install it with the following command.

pip install feedparser
import feedparser

# Function to fetch the rss feed and return the parsed RSS
def parseRSS( rss_url ):
    return feedparser.parse( rss_url ) 
# Function grabs the rss feed headlines (titles) and returns them as a list
def getHeadlines( rss_url ):
    headlines = []
    feed = parseRSS( rss_url )
    for newsitem in feed['items']:
    return headlines

# A list to hold all headlines
allheadlines = []

# List of RSS feeds that we will fetch and combine
newsurls = {
    'apnews':           '',
    'googlenews':       '',
    'yahoonews':        ''

# Iterate over the feed urls
for key,url in newsurls.items():
    # Call getHeadlines() and combine the returned headlines with allheadlines
    allheadlines.extend( getHeadlines( url ) )

# Iterate over the allheadlines list and print each headline
for hl in allheadlines:

# end of code 

Example Output

Trump lashes out at Schiff over Russia probe memo
Former sports doctor sentenced to 40 to 125 years in prison
AP Exclusive: 2015 letter belies pope's claim of ignorance
Foles outduels Brady to give Eagles their first Super Bowl
Philadelphia cleaning up after some celebrations turn unruly
How the Eagles beat the Patriots at own game, and why the upset was historic
Who is Adam Schiff? Top Democrat Earns Nickname 'Little' From President Trump
New bipartisan immigration plan to be introduced in the Senate
Martin Luther King Jr. Commercial for Ram Trucks Is Swiftly Criticized
Justin Timberlake Halftime Selfie Kid Speaks: 'I Just Went for It'
Super Bowl anti-terrorism documents found on plane
Larry Nassar sentenced to 40 to 125 years in Eaton County
The Kentucky State Police's poorly received Super Bowl joke about jail rape
The first 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' trailer is here. But is it any good?
Sole Surviving Suspect in Paris Attacks Stands Trial in Belgium
Esmond Bradley Martin: Ivory investigator killed in Kenya
This is the fourth fatal crash involving an Amtrak train in two months
Everything you need to know about the Falcon Heavy launch
How the Ending of The Cloverfield Paradox Relates to the Other Cloverfield Movies
Rain put a damper on Super Bowl Sunday
These are the 3 best Amazon deals that you can get right now
Broadcom sweetens its bid for Qualcomm, calling it the 'best and final' offer
Israeli man stabbed to death at West Bank settlement
Autistic UK Man Accused of Hacking FBI Wins Appeal Against Extradition to US
Review: 'This Is Us' (thankfully) resists overdoing Jack's death
White House Plans To Withdraw 'Conspiracy Theorist And Anti-Science Extremist’ Pick
Hype over Republican Memo leads to calls for Justice Department firing
A Suspected Serial Killer May Have Targeted Toronto's Gay Village For Years
Oil tanker with 22 Indian crew missing in Gulf of Guinea since Friday
We're Never Going To 'Win' In Afghanistan
Lasers on planes used to reveal massive massive complex of Mayan ruins
Egypt says 4,400-year-old tomb discovered outside Cairo
Nassar Reportedly Abused Over 2 Dozen Girls And Women During Sluggish FBI Investigation
Alaskan copper mine proposal sparks concern about wild salmon fishery
Donald Trump will trigger constitutional crisis if he uses declassified memo to end Russia probe, Democrats warn
North Korea makes $200m by 'flouting' sanctions
Police release 'kidnapped' priest in DR Congo
Court hands Vietnam oil official another life sentence for corruption
Paul Ryan: Secretary Getting $1.50 More A Week Shows Effect Of GOP Tax Cuts
An Actual Nazi Is About To Get The Republican Nomination For A Congressional Seat
Hawaii man says he's devastated about sending missile alert
Concussions and Protests: Football's popularity drops
Man Charged With Selling Armor-Piercing Bullets to Las Vegas Shooter Stephen Paddock
Years Of U.S. Government Lies Could Soon Result In A Kurdish Massacre
Mexico: 300 migrants found in dangerously cramped trucks
Not just boy and girl; more teens identify as transgender
Congo rebel leader extradited from Tanzania to face trial
Father Of Otto Warmbier Will Attend Winter Olympics In South Korea: Report
Europe must brake mounting nuclear arms race: Germany
Leon Panetta on fallout from the Nunes memo
This Kid Looking At His Phone Is The Super Bowl's Best Meme
Larry Nassar: Thousands raised for father who charged at paedophile doctor jailed for abusing his gymnast daughters
Dreamers Need More Cities And States Ready To Defy Trump
Warren Buffett on hand as Navy commissions newest warship
A Controversial Bill Would Allow Chemical Castration of Sex Offenders in Oklahoma
Israel legalizes West Bank outpost after settler killed
Uma Thurman Says Harvey Weinstein Assaulted Her
Thousands of Greeks protest against Macedonia name compromise
Syrian rebels down Russian plane, kill pilot
These Pups Rescued From Puerto Rico Are Part Of This Year's Puppy Bowl
Woman who cut baby from pregnant neighbour's womb weeps as she apologises in court: 'There is no excuse. There is nothing'
Mike Pence to stop North Korea 'hijacking' Winter Olympics, aide says
Man dies after rescuing 9-year-old son from aqueduct in Hesperia
School system's appeals process leaves some minorities out
Illinois GOP Rep. Under Fire For Ad Mocking Transgender Community, Feminists
After An NFL Season Defined By Black Protest, The Super Bowl Sticks To Sports
U.S. forces begin reducing numbers in Iraq: Iraqi spokesman
Poland's top politician: Holocaust bill is 'misunderstood'
Bodies of around 20 migrants recovered from sea: Spanish official
Suspect arrested in Italy after gun attack on foreigners
Madeleine Albright Would Give Devin Nunes An 'F' For Memo Stunt
I tried living like Tom Brady for a week
Survey: Most residents in struggling US areas respect police
In Super Bowl ads, a play for values and a contentious MLK message
Indianapolis Colts' Edwin Jackson Killed By Suspected Drunk Driver
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I hope you find this python example useful and educational. You are free to use the above code how you see fit. I do however suggest that you implement some type of rss feed caching as some services may block your ip for excessive requests.

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23 Replies to “Python Tutorial: How to Parse and Combine RSS News headlines using feedparser”

    1. with open(“myfile.csv”,’w’) as f:
      for hl in allheadlines:

      Get the indends right, and I say changed csv to txt as some headlines have commas in them

    1. Line 13 just appends the title to the array. Instead, append entire newsitem instead of newsitem[“title”]

      Then around line 34-35 you would output the HTML link using hl[“title”] and hl[“link”]

  1. Thanks a lot. Is there any way to get image link from this? I’m trying to figure out but no luck. Good job on the code.

    1. You can get at the newsitem’s image (if it has one) inside the getHeadlines() function. Since newsfeed items don’t always have images the following code snippet is the easiest solution without raising a key error.

              print("No Image for this story")
  2. Thanks for the code, is there any way to extract time and date for the feeds and limit to the last 5 mins instead of all the news on the list then extract it to txt file.

  3. Is there a way to make this code show the latest headlines in a slideshow format that will shuffle through the newest headlines?

  4. Thank you for the great work! So lucky I found this article. However, how can I show the original link next to the headline? Just can’t figure it out…

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