How to Import an RSS Feed in Airtable

In this guide, we'll import an RSS feed to Airtable. We'll use the Data Fetcher Airtable app to import the RSS feed and set how the different fields in the feed should map to our Airtable fields. Finally, we'll set it to import automatically on a schedule.

Install Data Fetcher

Install Data Fetcher from the Airtable app marketplace. Data Fetcher is a free Airtable app that lets you connect to any XML, JSON or CSV API. Since RSS feeds are valid XML, we can use the app to import an RSS feed. After the app launches, sign up for a free Data Fetcher account by entering a password and clicking 'Sign up for free'.

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Import an RSS Feed in Airtable

On the home screen of the Data Fetcher app, click 'Create your first request'. Requests in Data Fetcher are how you import data to or send data from your Airtable base.

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On the create request screen in Data Fetcher, for Application, select 'Custom'.

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Enter a Name for your request, e.g. 'Import RSS Feed'.

Enter the URL for the RSS feed your want to import. For this tutorial, we will use the Stratechery blog's RSS feed. The URL for this is https://stratechery.com/feed. You can use whatever RSS feed URL you want to.

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Select the Output Table & View you want to import the RSS feed into.

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Click 'Save & Run'.

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The request will run and the Response field mapping modal will open. This is where you set how the fields from the RSS feed should map to fields in the output table. For each field name in the RSS feed, you can either import or filter it. For an imported field, you can set whether to map them to an existing field or create a new field. You can also set the field type for each new field.

Make sure you import the id field from the RSS feed, usually called 'Rss channel item guid'. Once you are happy with the mapping, click 'Save & Run'.

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Data Fetcher will create any new fields in the output table, then run the request and import the data from the RSS feed to Airtable.

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Finally, we want to ensure Data Fetcher can match up items in the RSS feed with records in Airtable, even if we move those records around. To do this, click 'Advanced settings' to open the advanced output settings. Then for Update Based on Field, select 'Rss channel item guid'. Then click 'Save'.

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Import RSS Feed on a Schedule

At the moment, we have to click 'Run' in order to import the data from the RSS feed. We can use Data Fetcher's scheduled requests feature to automatically import it every 15 minutes/ hour/ day etc.

In Data Fetcher, scroll to Schedule and click 'Upgrade'.

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A new tab will open where you can select a plan and enter your payment details to upgrade.

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Return to the Data Fetcher app and click "I've done this".

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Click 'Add API key' in order to add your Airtable API key. You can find your Airtable API key here.

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Enter your Airtable API key and click 'Save'.

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Enable Schedule this request.

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Select how often you want the request to run, e.g. 'Every 15 mins'. Click 'Save' The request will now run on the schedule and import the RSS feed automatically.

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