Moving My RSS Reading to Emacs With Elfeed
Since Emacs became my shell of choice1, I am abandoning more and more dedicated applications in favor of different packages. As it turns out, Emacs packages are very feature rich. This time: I moved my RSS reading from newsboat2 to elfeed3.
Elfeed has very simple keybindings:
- g will refresh the items list
- G will refresh the items list and fetch new items
- r will mark currently selected item is read (remove unread tag)4
- b will open item in the browser
One huge upside of elfeed compared to newsboat is image support. Emacs is a GUI application, so all images are present in their glory!
My setup is near stock. I have a few dozen feeds that are auto-tagged. Three essential tags are “important”, “news”, and “company”. I want to read each “important”, then I want to see all normal, and finally I can just skim “news” and “company”. Adding auto-tagging is very simple: just define the tag when defining the RSS feed list:
("https://rubenerd.com/feed/" blog important) ("https://www.pine64.org/feed/" company)
Now, each new article will be tagged with matching tags. Elfeed allows to define of custom faces that will be applied to items matching tag5:
(defface important-elfeed-entry '((t :foreground "#f77")) "Marks an important Elfeed entry." :group 'elfeed) (defface nonimportant-elfeed-entry '((t :foreground "#C0C0C0")) "Marks an nonimportant Elfeed entry." :group 'elfeed) (push '(important important-elfeed-entry) elfeed-search-face-alist) (push '(company nonimportant-elfeed-entry) elfeed-search-face-alist) (push '(news nonimportant-elfeed-entry) elfeed-search-face-alist)
Now important items will be dark red, while company & news will be dark gray
Elfeed has a few packages expanding its functionality, but I found the default behavior to be exactly right.
The “r” key messes with my muscle memory, as notmuch6 uses “ku” for the same action while “r” will start composing a reply. ↩︎
my elisp-fu not good ↩︎