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XML::Feed - Syndication feed parser and auto-discovery


    use XML::Feed;
    my $feed = XML::Feed->parse(URI->new(''))
        or die XML::Feed->errstr;
    print $feed->title, "\n";
    for my $entry ($feed->entries) {

    ## Find all of the syndication feeds on a given page, using
    ## auto-discovery.
    my @feeds = XML::Feed->find_feeds('');


XML::Feed is a syndication feed parser for both RSS and Atom feeds. It also implements feed auto-discovery for finding feeds, given a URI.

XML::Feed supports the following syndication feed formats:

  • RSS 0.91

  • RSS 1.0

  • RSS 2.0

  • Atom

The goal of XML::Feed is to provide a unified API for parsing and using the various syndication formats. The different flavors of RSS and Atom handle data in different ways: date handling; summaries and content; escaping and quoting; etc. This module attempts to remove those differences by providing a wrapper around the formats and the classes implementing those formats (XML::RSS and XML::Atom::Feed). For example, dates are handled differently in each of the above formats. To provide a unified API for date handling, XML::Feed converts all date formats transparently into DateTime objects, which it then returns to the caller.



Creates a new empty XML::Feed object using the format $format.


Parses a syndication feed identified by $stream. $stream can be any one of the following:

  • Scalar reference

    A reference to string containing the XML body of the feed.

  • Filehandle

    An open filehandle from which the feed XML will be read.

  • File name

    The name of a file containing the feed XML.

  • URI object

    A URI from which the feed XML will be retrieved.


Given a URI $uri, use auto-discovery to find all of the feeds linked from that page (using <link> tags).

Returns a list of feed URIs.


Converts the XML::Feed object into the $format format, and returns the new object.


Splices in all of the entries from the feed $other_feed into $feed, skipping posts that are already in $feed.


Returns the format of the feed (Atom, or some version of RSS).

$feed->title([ $title ])

The title of the feed/channel.

$feed->link([ $uri ])

The permalink of the feed/channel.

$feed->tagline([ $tagline ])

The description or tagline of the feed/channel.

$feed->description([ $description ])

Alias for $feed->tagline.

$feed->author([ $author ])

The author of the feed/channel.

$feed->language([ $language ])

The language of the feed.

$feed->copyright([ $copyright ])

The copyright notice of the feed.

$feed->modified([ $modified ])

A DateTime object representing the last-modified date of the feed.

If present, $modified should be a DateTime object.

$feed->generator([ $generator ])

The generator of the feed.


A list of the entries/items in the feed. Returns an array containing XML::Feed::Entry objects.


Adds an entry to the feed. $entry should be an XML::Feed::Entry object in the correct format for the feed.


Returns an XML representation of the feed, in the format determined by the current format of the $feed object.



If you want to use another RSS parser class than XML::RSS (default), you can change the class by setting $PREFERRED_PARSER variable in XML::Feed::RSS package.


Note: this will only work for parsing feeds, not creating feeds.


XML::Feed is free software; you may redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.


Except where otherwise noted, XML::Feed is Copyright 2004-2005 Six Apart, All rights reserved.