RSS Parser


6.0.6 (Dec 27, 2023)
Jun 18, 2016
Jan 31, 2024
Marco Gomiero (prof18)
haoxiqiang (Haoxiqiang)
Javi Marina (javmarina)
Huy Nguyen (duchuyctlk)
Marco Gomiero (prof18)
Marin Maršić (marin-marsic)
Giorgos Neokleous (giorgosneokleous93)
Gabi Moreno (soygabimoreno)
Gian Segato (giansegato)
Jay Parmar (japarmar)
Aayush Gupta (theimpulson)
Stan Krugly (Adambl4)
Douglas (douglasalipio)
Source code


RSS Parser

RSS Parser is a Kotlin Multiplatform library for parsing RSS and Atom feeds. It supports Android, iOS, and the JVM.

With RSS Parser, you can fetch plenty of useful information from any RSS channel, be it a blog, magazine, or even a podcast feed.

Table of Contents


RSS Parser is currently published to Maven Central, so add it to your project's repositories.

repositories {
    // ...

Then, add the dependency to your common source set's dependencies.

commonMain {
    dependencies {
        // ...

If you are in an Android-only project, simply add the dependency:

dependencies {
    // ...

Important Notices

Artifact change

Since February 2022, the library artifacts have been moved to MavenCentral. The group ID changed from to com.prof18.rssparser. Be sure to add the gradle dependency to your root build.gradle file.

allprojects {
    repositories {

Breaking changes

From version 6.0, RSSParser has become Multiplatform. This update brought some breaking changes:

  • Some class names and packages have been changed. Check out the migration guide for further info.
  • Caching of feeds is not supported anymore. After some consideration, I decided that the aim of this library is not meant to provide a caching solution for RSS feeds, but just to do the parsing. The user of the library should implement any caching/storing solutions their project requires.
  • Support for Java with the OnTaskCompleted and onError callbacks has been dropped.

Here you can find the README for version 5 of RSSParser.

Available data

The RssChannel result object provides the following data:

  • Title
  • Description
  • Link
  • Items
  • Image (Title, Url and Link)
  • Last build data
  • Update period
  • Itunes Data:
    • Author
    • Categories
    • Duration
    • Explicit
    • Image
    • Keywords
    • News Feed URL
    • Owner
    • Subtitle
    • Summary
    • Type

Items support the following attributes:

  • Title
  • Author
  • Description
  • Content
  • Image
  • Link
  • Publication Date
  • Categories
  • Audio
  • Source (name and URL)
  • GUID
  • Video
  • Comments URL
  • Itunes Data:
    • Author
    • Duration
    • Episode
    • Episode Type
    • Explicit
    • Image
    • Keywords
    • Subtitle
    • Summary
    • Season


RssParser uses Coroutines for all the asynchronous work.

Creating an RssParser instance

An RssParser instance is the entry point of the library.

It's possible to create an instance of RssParser directly in the common code, without having to pass any platform-specific dependencies.

val rssParser: RssParser = RssParser()


An RssParser instance can also be built with a platform-specific RssParserBuilder. Some custom and optional fields can be provided to the builder.

On Android and the JVM, a custom OkHttpClient instance and a custom Charset can be provided. If an OkHttpClient instance is not provided, the library will create one. If no Charset is provided, it will automatically be inferred from the feed XML.

val builder = RssParserBuilder(
    callFactory = OkHttpClient(),
    charset = Charsets.UTF_8,
val rssParser = 

On iOS, a custom NSURLSession instance can be provided. If an NSURLSession instance is not provided, the library will use the shared NSURLSession.

val builder = RssParserBuilder(
    nsUrlSession = NSURLSession(),
val rssParser = 

RSS Parsing from URL

To parse an RSS feed from a URL, the suspending getRssChannel function can be used.

val rssChannel: RssChannel = rssParser.getRssChannel("")

RSS Parsing from string

To parse an RSS feed from an XML string, the suspending parse function can be used

val xmlString: String = "xml-string"
val rssChannel: RssChannel = rssParser.parse(xmlString)

Sample projects

The repository contains two samples projects: a multiplatform and an Android project to showcase the usage in a multiplatform app and an Android one.

Migration from version 5

Version 6 of the library introduced the following breaking changes:

  • The main package name has been changed from to com.prof18.rssparser;
  • has been moved and renamed to com.prof18.rssparser.RssParser;
  • has been moved and renamed to com.prof18.rssparser.RssParserBuilder;
  • has been moved and renamed to com.prof18.rssparser.model.RssChannel;
  • has been moved and renamed to com.prof18.rssparser.model.RssItem;
  • has been moved and renamed to com.prof18.rssparser.exception.HttpException;
  • has been moved and renamed to com.prof18.rssparser.RssImage;
  • has been moved to com.prof18.rssparser.model.ItunesOwner;
  • has been moved and renamed to com.prof18.rssparser.model.ItunesItemData;
  • has been moved to com.prof18.rssparser.model.ItunesChannelData;
  • getChannel() has been renamed to getRssChannel();
  • cancel() is not available anymore, the cancellation can be handled by the caller.


From version 1.4.4 and above, the changelog is available in the release section.

  • 14 December 2017 - Little fixes on Error Management - Version 1.3.1
  • 13 December 2017 - Improved Error Management - Version 1.3
  • 10 December 2017 - Added support for the categories - Version 1.2
  • 12 August 2017 - Fixed the Library Manifest and updated the dependencies - Version 1.1
  • 18 June 2016 - First release - Version 1.0


Copyright 2016-2023 Marco Gomiero

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License");
you may not use this file except in compliance with the License.
You may obtain a copy of the License at

Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software
distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS,
See the License for the specific language governing permissions and
limitations under the License.

Apps using RSS Parser

If you are using RSS Parser in your app and would like to be listed here, please open a pull request!

List of Apps using RSS Parser