Java RSS Feed Reader Example

Java Code to Parse/ Read RSS Feed

Here RSS Feed parsing using URL class for loading the RSS Feed/ XML File. We are using w3c dom and xml parsers for processing RSS feed in Java. You can use the same code for processing/ parsing XML file.
Source code

import javax.xml.parsers.DocumentBuilder;
import javax.xml.parsers.DocumentBuilderFactory;
import org.w3c.dom.CharacterData;
import org.w3c.dom.Document;
import org.w3c.dom.Element;
import org.w3c.dom.Node;
import org.w3c.dom.NodeList;

public class RSSReader {
private static RSSReader instance = null;
private RSSReader() {
public static RSSReader getInstance() {
if(instance == null)
instance = new RSSReader();
return instance;
public void writeNews() {
try {
DocumentBuilder builder = DocumentBuilderFactory.newInstance().newDocumentBuilder();
URL u = new URL(""); // your feed url
Document doc = builder.parse(u.openStream());
NodeList nodes = doc.getElementsByTagName("item");
for(int i=0;i<nodes.getLength();i++) {
Element element = (Element)nodes.item(i);
System.out.println("Title: " + getElementValue(element,"title"));
System.out.println("Link: " + getElementValue(element,"link"));
System.out.println("Publish Date: " + getElementValue(element,"pubDate"));
System.out.println("Author: " + getElementValue(element,"dc:creator"));
System.out.println("Description: " + getElementValue(element,"description"));
catch(Exception ex) {
private String getCharacterDataFromElement(Element e) {
try {
Node child = e.getFirstChild();
if(child instanceof CharacterData) {
CharacterData cd = (CharacterData) child;
return cd.getData();
}catch(Exception ex) {

return "";
} //private String getCharacterDataFromElement
protected float getFloat(String value) {
if(value != null && !value.equals(""))
return Float.parseFloat(value);
return 0;
protected String getElementValue(Element parent,String label) {
return getCharacterDataFromElement((Element)parent.getElementsByTagName(label).item(0));
public static void main(String[] args) {
RSSReader reader = RSSReader.getInstance();

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