Q: How do I use feedly.com as an RSS feed source in Emacs 24.4?

I've searched sporadically for months. I haven't found anything to even point me in the right direction to get started.

I've opened a ticket with Feedly as well.


While not required for the question at hand, if you're interested please see my blog post. It provides additional information as well as my end game.

Update 2015-02-17

I updated the title according to the suggestion in the comments. My intent is for Emacs to fill the role Reeder and Readkit perform on OS X as well as on Gnu/Linux and MS Windows, where no analog resides.

  • Why 24.4? Do you want to use it with eww? For that, what you lack is mainly a javascript engine. Or do you want to use it with any of the existing RSS readers? In that case, it seems that your question is about obtaining a RSS feed from feedly, which is not really related to emacs.
    – T. Verron
    Dec 5, 2014 at 9:50
  • Side question: what does feedly do that you couldn't do with any RSS reader directly collecting the various feeds which you want to read?
    – T. Verron
    Dec 5, 2014 at 9:51
  • @T. Verron it is online, so it's easy to use from anywhere. It knows what you have read already, etc. Setting up your own rss server and syncing state across devices is more complicated.
    – Tom
    Dec 5, 2014 at 10:22
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    Feedly has an API. Can't you use it? developer.feedly.com
    – Tom
    Dec 5, 2014 at 10:24
  • IIUC, you'd like to use Emacs as a feedly client. If so, please at those words to the question (or title).
    – Malabarba
    Dec 5, 2014 at 16:36

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The answer is that you can't use Emacs as a Feedly client, or at least not without regenerating a developer key every three months. I received the same information as the folks at Feednix.

There are two possible alternate solutions, neither of which I've yet tested:

  1. Use rss2email and have it send the articles from your list of RSS feeds to an email account on an IMAP mail server (thereby providing read/unread synchronising across devices and platforms). With this any old email client that supports IMAP becomes your feed reader. You'd need to export your Feedly OPML, convert it, then script parsing each feed. And you have to rely on cron or something similar for it to run..

  2. Use a (self-)hosted Tiny Tiny RSS server to replace Feedly. You'll need feed reader apps that support tt-rss's APIs. There's apparently an Android client and an Emacs package.

Anyone got thoughts on these or other (possible) alternate solutions?


Did you test elfeed? Is not a client for feedly.com, but you can read your RSS feeds within Emacs anyway

  • I have, shackra. Thanks for the comment, tho. The issue is/was that I use my phone to read my feeds as well when I'm mobile, so I want/need to sync read articles. elfeed, AFAICT, relies on another mechanism like I listed in the answer to provide that functionality. May 10, 2015 at 13:17
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    currently elfeed now offers an app for mobile phones, so you can sync it with your phone now.
    – shackra
    Oct 15, 2016 at 4:44

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