I've read on how to add each feed using the variable newsticker-url-list. I did something like this in the init file and it works.

(setq newsticker-url-list '(
  ("stackoverflow.com - emacs" "https://stackoverflow.com/feeds/tag?tagnames=emacs&sort=newest" nil nil nil)
  ("archlinux news" "https://www.archlinux.org/feeds/news/" nil nil nil)
  ("archlinux packages" "https://www.archlinux.org/feeds/packages/" nil nil nil)))

But how do you create groups/subgroups and assign these feeds to the created groups/subgroups? I've read on how to do this interactively, But how do you do all this within the init file (non-interactively)?

  • Is "newsticker" an emacs package? Is it in ELPA/MELPA? Is there a website?
    – NickD
    Commented Oct 2, 2020 at 11:02
  • 1
    It used to be a seperate package. Now it's part of emacs. gnu.org/software/emacs/manual/html_mono/newsticker.html
    – nomad
    Commented Oct 2, 2020 at 11:26
  • Thank you - added the tag and submitted an edit to it (which will not be visible until it is reviewed).
    – NickD
    Commented Oct 2, 2020 at 12:11

2 Answers 2


You can set the variable newsticker-groups (see C-h v newsticker-groups), or edit the file {newsticker-dir}/groups, where newsticker-dir is the value of the variable newsticker-dir (defaults to the 'newsticker' subdirectory of your emacs config directory).


There are 2 variables at play: newsticker-url-list and newsticker-groups.


This is a flat list where each item represents a feed. The format of the items inside this list is:


The last 3 are often nil.


This controls how the list from newsticker-url-list is displayed, and it can introduce hierarchy if you want. Its structure is:


The GROUP-LABEL can be an arbitrary string, but the items should refer back to labels that were declared previously in newsticker-url-list. The items may also be another group structure, and they may be nested arbitrarily deep.


(setq newsticker-url-list
      '(("Bisq Releases" "https://github.com/bisq-network/bisq/releases.atom" nil nil nil)
        ("Electrum Tags" "https://github.com/spesmilo/electrum/tags.atom" nil nil nil)
        ("Clojure Releases" "https://clojure.org/feed.xml" nil nil nil)
        ("Node.js Releases" "https://nodejs.org/en/feed/releases.xml" nil nil nil)
        ("Photography" "https://nitter.net/i/lists/1388207152825737216/rss" nil nil nil)
        ("Design/Architecture" "https://nitter.net/i/lists/925139890685087744" nil nil nil)
        ("Illustrators" "https://nitter.net/i/lists/1476654089027010567" nil nil nil)))
(setq newsticker-groups
         "Bisq Releases"
         "Electrum Tags"
         "Clojure Releases"
         "Node.js Releases")

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