I was looking at RSS feeds recently, thinking it would be cool to make a tool that I could use as a central place to read about lots of stuff I'm interested in. Tools like this obviously exist already but I wanted to read them from the command-line, and create the interface I wanted.
My requirements were: I wanted a quick, lightweight way to browse and open articles from RSS feeds from within the terminal. I wrote a Ruby script that presents a numbered list of articles in the specified RSS feed, and opens selected the article in your default web browser.
The web browser to use is determined via a
BROWSER environment variable.
Display top 10 news items from Hacker News RSS feed:
./rss-opener.rb https://news.ycombinator.com/rss 10
Further details on the script's usage are given in the readme file in the project.