get RSS feed into php array - possible?

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asked Mar 16, 2010 by haroldo

I want to parse an existing RSS feed from another website with php and then store certain parts of it in a mysql database.

I'm very competent with php and mysql but have never worked with rss feeds before, where should i start?

  1. is there an equivalent to file_get_contents() for getting rss into php?
  2. are rss feeds broken down into xml/microdata or do i need to use regex to grab bits?

cheers!

4 Answers

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answered Mar 16, 2010 by luca-filosofi

Short Version: ( NEW )

demo: http://so.devilmaycode.it/get-rss-feed-into-php-array-possible/

$feed = 'http://stackoverflow.com/opensearch.xml';
$feed_to_array = (array) simplexml_load_file($feed);
//OR $feed_to_array = (array) new SimpleXmlElement( file_get_contents($feed) );
print_r($feed_to_array);

//output

Array
(
    [ShortName] => Stack Overflow
    [Description] => Search Stack Overflow: Q&A for professional and enthusiast programmers
    [InputEncoding] => UTF-8
    [Image] => http://sstatic.net/stackoverflow/img/favicon.ico
    [Url] => SimpleXMLElement Object
        (
            [@attributes] => Array
                (
                    [type] => text/html
                    [method] => get
                    [template] => http://stackoverflow.com/search?q={searchTerms}
                )

        )

)

Long Version: ( OLD )

<?php

$rss_tags = array(  
'title',  
'link',  
'guid',  
'comments',  
'description',  
'pubDate',  
'category',  
);  
$rss_item_tag = 'item';  
$rss_url = 'http://www.webaddict.info/feeds/news.xml';

$rssfeed = rss_to_array($rss_item_tag, $rss_tags, $rss_url);

echo '<pre>';  
print_r($rssfeed);

function rss_to_array($tag, $array, $url) {  
  $doc = new DOMdocument();  
  $doc->load($url);  
  $rss_array = array();  
  $items = array();  
  foreach($doc-> getElementsByTagName($tag) AS $node) {  
    foreach($array AS $key => $value) {  
      $items[$value] = $node->getElementsByTagName($value)->item(0)->nodeValue;  
    }  
    array_push($rss_array, $items);  
  }  
  return $rss_array;  
}  
?>
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answered Mar 16, 2010 by tim-post

I believe Simplepie will do this for you as well.

0 votes
answered Mar 31, 2010 by daniel-iversen

If others come past, an end-to-end very simple free code example of this is on;

http://code.google.com/p/rssingest/

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answered Mar 26, 2013 by desarrolla2

The best Feed consumer library in PHP is RSSClient[1]

[1] https://github.com/desarrolla2/RSSClient

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