Tuesday, June 18, 2013

RSS2Torrent: Convert Any RSS Feed into Torrents

RSS, which stands for Rich Site Summary or Really Simple Syndication, is a format for delivering regularly changing web content to the readers in a way that is easy to consume. If you are regular reader of this blog, there is pretty high chance that you are reading this in an RSS reader. Many news-related sites, and almost all weblogs and other online publishers syndicate their content as an RSS Feed to whoever wants it. BitTorrent search engines such as The Pirate Bay publish RSS feeds too, that can be entered into a compatible torrent client such as uTorrent and have the content automatically fetched and added to the client for download.

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This is possible only for RSS feeds that directly link to the magnet or torrent file. But for a regular website that publishes information about, say, movies without actually linking to the torrent file, their RSS feeds cannot be subscribed to in a torrent client.

RSS2Torrent is a new service that changes this by converting any RSS feed from a regular site into a torrent-enabled feed that can be imported into a BitTorrent client.

If you are wondering what kind of RSS feeds you can use to take advantage of this service, Torrent Freak provides an excellent working example. They chose a page on IMDB detailing a list of films in the public domain in the United States, as demonstration.

This list publishes an RSS feed, the link to which you can get from the familiar orange RSS logo. Copy this RSS link, head over to RSS2Torrent and paste the copied URL into the site’s single input box. Click “Create” and within a few seconds get the converted torrent enabled feed.

Now open you favorite torrent client – uTorrent for me - and subscribe to this RSS feed you received from RSS2Torrent. You should see the items published by this feed appear inside the torrent client’s download queue.

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The IMDB page that was used for this demonstration is static, and hence the content of the feed will not change. However, should the list be updated with fresh content, the new items will appear automatically in your torrent client.

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