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transform RSS or Atom XML to JSON

pickup - transform feeds

The pickup Node package provides a Transform stream from RSS 2.0 (including iTunes namespace extensions) and Atom 1.0 formatted XML to newline separated JSON strings or objects.

If you haven't yet, first install json—a command for working with JSON on the command-line:

$ npm install -g json

Now you can pipe pickup to json:

$ export
$ curl -sS $URL | pickup | json -g

Or, for example, to stream the titles only:

$ curl -sS $URL | pickup | json -ga title
var pickup = require('pickup')

You can run this example from the command-line:

$ curl -sS $URL | node example/stdin.js | json -g
var http = require('http')
var pickup = require('pickup')
http.createServer(function (req, res) {
  http.get('http:/'.concat(req.url), function (feed) {

To try the proxy server:

$ node example/proxy.js &
$ curl -sS http://localhost:8080/$URL | json -g

This can either be a String(), null, or undefined.

The options Object is passed to the Transform stream constructor.

pickup uses following additional options:

  • eventMode Boolean defaults to false, if true readable state buffers are not filled and no 'data', but 'feed' and 'entry' events are emitted.

  • charset str() | 'UTF-8' | 'ISO-8859-1' An optional string to specify the encoding of input data. In the common use case you received this string in the headers of your HTTP response before you began parsing. If you, not so commonly, cannot provide the encoding upfront, pickup tries to detect the encoding, and eventually defaults to 'UTF-8'. The charset option is corresponding to the optional charset MIME type parameter found in Content-Type HTTP headers. It's OK to pass any string, pickup will fall back on 'UTF-8' when confused.

This object is optional, ergo it can be null or undefined. Duh!

  • author str()
  • copyright str()
  • id str()
  • image str()
  • language str()
  • link str()
  • payment str()
  • subtitle str()
  • summary str()
  • title str()
  • ttl str()
  • updated str()
  • href str()
  • length str()
  • type str()


  • author str()
  • enclosure enclosure() or undefined
  • duration str()
  • id str()
  • image str()
  • link str()
  • subtitle str()
  • summary str()
  • title str()
  • updated str()

Emitted when the meta information of the feed gets available.


Emitted for each entry.


pickup exports a function that returns a Transform stream which emits newline separated JSON strings, in objectMode the 'data' event contains entry() or feed() objects. As per XML's structure the last 'data' event usually contains the feed() object. In eventMode neither 'readable' nor 'data' events are emitted, instead 'feed' and 'entry' events are fired.

With npm do:

$ npm install pickup

To use the CLI (as above):

$ npm install -g pickup

Please create an issue if you encounter a feed that pickup fails to parse.

MIT License