MagpieRSS provides an XML-based (expat) RSS parser in PHP.

MagpieRSS is compatible with RSS .9 through RSS 1.0, and supports the RSS 1.0's modules. (with a few exceptions)



I wrote MagpieRSS out of a frustration with the limitations of existing solutions. In particular many of the existing PHP solutions seemed to: In particular I failed to find any PHP RSS parsers that could sufficiently parse RSS 1.0 feeds, to be useful on the RSS based event feeds we generate at


Magpie's approach to parsing RSS

Magpie takes a naive, and inclusive approach. Absolutely non-validating, as long as the RSS feed is well formed, Magpie will cheerfully parse new, and never before seen tags in your RSS feeds.

This makes it very simple support the varied versions of RSS simply, but forces the consumer of a RSS feed to be cognizant of how it is structured.(at least if you want to do something fancy)

Magpie parses a RSS feed into a simple object, with 4 fields: channel, items, image, and textinput.


$rss->channel contains key-value pairs of all tags, without nested tags, found between the root tag (<rdf:RDF>, or <rss>) and the end of the document.


$rss->items is an array of associative arrays, each one describing a single item. An example that looks like:
<item rdf:about="">
<title>Weekly Peace Vigil</title>
<description>Wear a white ribbon</description>
<ev:location>Northampton, MA</ev:location>

Is parsed, and pushed on the $rss->items array as:

	title => 'Weekly Peace Vigil',
	link => '',
	description => 'Wear a white ribbon',
	dc => array (
			subject => 'Peace'
	ev => array (
		startdate => '2002-06-01T11:00:00',
		enddate => '2002-06-01T12:00:00',
		type => 'Protest',
		location => 'Northampton, MA'

image and textinput

$rss->image and $rss-textinput are associative arrays including name-value pairs for anything found between the respective parent tags.

Usage Examples:

A very simple example would be:
require_once '';

$url = '';
$rss = fetch_rss($url);

echo "Site: ", $rss->channel['title'], "<br>\n";
foreach ($rss->items as $item ) {
	$title = $item[title];
	$url   = $item[link];
	echo "<a href=$url>$title</a></li><br>\n";
More the meantime you can check out a cool tool built with MagpieRSS, version 0.1.


RSS Parser

RSS Cache

Fetch RSS


RSS Resources


License and Contact Info

Magpie is distributed under the GPL license...

coded by: kellan (at), feedback is always appreciated. Logo