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 URL=www.newyorker.com/feed/posts
$ 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 (reqres) {
  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

The options Object is passed to the Transform stream constructor. pickup adds eventMode to the standard stream options, analogue to objectMode it configures the readable state of the stream. Consider using it in memory restricted situations.

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

String | undefined

  • 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