Show the feed of a given URL and wait for new entries appearing at the bottom

$ rsstail -u [url]

Show the feed in reverse chronological order (newer at the bottom)
$ rsstail -r -u [url]

Include publication date and link
$ rsstail -pl -u [url]

Set update interval
$ rsstail -u [url] -i [interval_in_seconds]

Show feed and exit
$ rsstail -1 -u [url]


rsstail [OPTIONS]... -u URL


This manual page was written for the Debian distribution because the original program does not have a manual page.

Parse a RSS feed and read it, in an output similar to the tail command.


This is a Few Description on the main options for rsstail


Show timestamp.


Do not show headings

-Z X

Add heading 'x'


Show link


Show Description


Show Publication date


Show author


Show comments

-b X

Where X is the limit in bytes for description/comments


Continue even if there are XML parser errors in the RSS feed.

-n X

Initially show X items


Strip HTML tags

-o X

only show items newer than X[s/M/h/d/m/y]

-u URL

URL of RSS feed to tai

-i Seconds

check interval in seconds (default is 15 minutes)


Print in reverse order

-x Proxy

proxy server to use (host[:port])

-y ProxyAuth

proxy authorization (user:password)


do not exit when an error occurs


be verbose (add more to be more verbose)


Help output


Show version of program.


This manual page was written by Rene Mayorga <> for the Debian system (but may be used by others). Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU General Public License, Version 2 any later version published by the Free Software Foundation.

On Debian systems, the complete text of the GNU General Public License can be found in /usr/share/common-licenses/GPL.

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