Building an RSS reader is a practical project that allows you to aggregate and display content from multiple websites or blogs in one place. Flask, a Python web framework, can be used to create a simple RSS reader. In this guide, we'll explore how to build a basic RSS reader with Flask. By following this guide, you'll learn how to fetch and parse RSS feeds, display articles, and create a web interface for reading the latest updates from your favorite sources.

Step 1: Setting Up Your Flask Application

Start by setting up your Flask application and installing the necessary extensions. Here's a sample directory structure:


Step 2: Fetching and Parsing RSS Feeds

Use the `feedparser` library to fetch and parse RSS feeds in your Flask application. You can install `feedparser` using pip:

pip install feedparser

Create a route in your Flask application to fetch and parse RSS feeds. Here's an example:

from flask import Flask, render_template
import feedparser
app = Flask(__name)
# Sample RSS feed URLs (replace with your desired sources)
rss_feeds = [
def get_articles(feed_url):
feed = feedparser.parse(feed_url)
return feed.entries
def index():
articles = []
for feed_url in rss_feeds:
return render_template('index.html', articles=articles)
if __name__ == '__main__':

Step 3: Creating the RSS Reader Template

Create an HTML template to display the articles from RSS feeds. Here's a basic example:

<!-- templates/index.html -->
<!DOCTYPE html>
<title>RSS Reader</title>
<h1>RSS Reader</h1>
<h2>Latest Articles</h2>
{% for article in articles %}
<h3><a href="{{ }}" target="_blank">{{ article.title }}</a></h3>
<p>{{ article.summary }}</p>
{% endfor %}

Step 4: Running Your RSS Reader

Run your Flask RSS reader application using the following command:


Access your RSS reader in a browser and view the latest articles from the specified RSS feeds.


Building a basic RSS reader with Flask is a useful project for consolidating content from multiple sources. By following the steps in this guide, you can set up your Flask application, fetch and parse RSS feeds, and create a web interface for reading articles. You can further enhance your RSS reader by allowing users to add and manage their favorite feeds, categorize articles, and implement user authentication.