Building an RSS feed reader allows users to stay updated with their favorite blogs and websites in one place. In this guide, we'll explore how to create a basic RSS feed reader using Flask, a Python web framework. You'll learn how to fetch and parse RSS feeds, display feed items, and provide a user-friendly interface for reading content. By following this guide, you'll have the knowledge and code to build your own RSS feed reader, which can be expanded with additional features like user accounts and customization options.

Step 1: Setting Up Your Flask Application

Start by setting up your Flask application and creating a directory structure. Here's a sample structure:


Step 2: Creating the RSS Feed Reader

Create a Flask application for the RSS feed reader. Here's an example of the Python code:

from flask import Flask, render_template
import feedparser
app = Flask(__name)
feeds = [
'name': ' News',
'url': '',
'name': 'Flask Blog',
'url': '',
def index():
feed_items = []
for feed in feeds:
feed_data = feedparser.parse(feed['url'])
for entry in feed_data.entries:
'title': entry.title,
'published': entry.published,
'feed_name': feed['name'],
feed_items.sort(key=lambda x: x['published'], reverse=True)
return render_template('index.html', feed_items=feed_items)
if __name__ == '__main__':

Step 3: Creating HTML Templates

Create an HTML template for the RSS feed reader. Here's an example:

<!-- templates/index.html -->
<!DOCTYPE html>
<title>RSS Feed Reader</title>
<h1>RSS Feed Reader</h1>
<h2>Latest Feed Items</h2>
{% for feed_item in feed_items %}
<a href="{{ feed_item['link'] }}">{{ feed_item['title'] }}</a>
<p>Published on {{ feed_item['published'] }} in {{ feed_item['feed_name'] }}</p>
{% endfor %}

Step 4: Running Your RSS Feed Reader

Run your Flask RSS feed reader using the following command:


Access your RSS feed reader in a web browser and view the latest feed items from the specified RSS feeds.


Creating a basic RSS feed reader with Flask is a useful project for aggregating and reading content from multiple sources. By following the steps in this guide, you can fetch and parse RSS feeds, display feed items, and provide a user-friendly interface for reading content. This project can serve as a starting point for more advanced feed reader features, including user accounts, feed categorization, and customization options.