RSS Reader Script

Short Ruby script to open RSS links using terminal interface

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.

Example usage

Display top 10 news items from Hacker News RSS feed:

./rss-opener.rb 10


RSS Reader Usage Screenshot

Further details on the script's usage are given in the readme file in the project.