RSS feeds for your Github releases, tags and activity

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51 points | by ronaldsvilcins 10 days ago

10 comments

  • captn3m0 10 days ago

    We subscribe the the release feed for our dependencies on Slack, and it makes for great dev-experience. You can use Slack's /feed integration (Built-in) for the same.

    Just type /feed subscribe https://github.com/org/repo/releases.atom in the relevant channel.

    • zomgwat 10 days ago

      We do the same. We use a #news channel. We also include feeds for Rubygem releases, product blogs, security related mailing lists and so on. It’s a nice way to create a shared view of a dev supply chain.

      • ronaldsvilcins 10 days ago

        This is great idea!

      • Mazzen 10 days ago

        I'm using this feature mostly to stay informed about new releases. I even convinced repo maintainers to actually create releases for that usecase

        Definitely a nice hint to make people aware. Thanks

      • captn3m0 10 days ago

        Shameless plug: If you'd like to subscribe to a lot of these feeds together, I made a OPML generator[0] a long time ago that generates a OPML subscription feed for all of your starred repositories on GitHub.

        Generate your feed, and then import it in your RSS Reader.

        [0]: https://opml.bb8.fun/

      • rethab 10 days ago

        Shameless plug: I developed https://digester.app, which creates weekly or daily digests about your favorite github projects (or RSS/Atom feeds).

        • prepend 10 days ago

          Nice looking site and cool of you to make this. I’m wary of giving my email address to more companies. Even free, ethical sounding ones. It would be nice if rather than sending emails, you created consolidated RSS feeds that digested everything.

          • rethab 10 days ago

            I already have an RSS-reexport in my backlog. Please get in touch via info@digester.app if you want to be notified when it's ready.

          • ronaldsvilcins 10 days ago

            Gonna check this out :)

          • yjftsjthsd-h 10 days ago

            So a problem I've hit with this, is that if you subscribe to the RSS feed of releases, it gives you all ...tagged versions, I think? It's not just release releases; you'll get notified for alpha/beta versions and versions that are tagged but not quite yet officially released. This makes it noisy enough to reduce the value quite a lot.

            • prepend 10 days ago

              I like this feature and use it quite a bit. I used to use yahoo pipes to mush a bunch of different repos into a single chronological feed to watch all of the projects my teams worked on. I liked that rather than having to click through lots of different feeds.

              I’ve been meaning to write something to do that for the many years since yahoo pipes was euthanized.

              • bhaak 10 days ago

                Unfortunately, there is no RSS/Atom feed for issues or pull requests.

                I made a little Ruby script (https://github.com/bhaak/github-feeds) that outputs static RSS files but you would expect that GitHub would have exported those by themselves.

                • captn3m0 10 days ago

                  You can also use RSS-Bridge[1], which covers GitHub Feeds, and lot more sites. My instance[0] has the GitHub bridges enabled, and I subscribe to a few issues on our Slack channels this way.

                  [1]: https://github.com/RSS-Bridge/rss-bridge [0]: https://rss-bridge.bb8.fun/

                  I like your static-file approach though. Never thought of pre-generating RSS-feeds that way.

                  • bhaak 10 days ago

                    Yes, it's certainly not a very generic solution but it was my special itch to scratch.

                    These days, I don't have much patience trying to find a solution for something the content provider should have done by themselves and installing a large program to do it which then might not even scratch my itch exactly like I want it to ... yeah, I rather invest an hour or two and come up with a simple solution of which I at least understand the limitations.

                    Static files are bliss. They might not be up to date to the millisecond but you will never have a problem pulling them or otherwise your whole service is going down in flames anyway.

                    If you do need real time updates, you wouldn't use RSS anyway, so this is a very workable compromise.

                  • pcr910303 10 days ago

                    > I made a little Ruby script (https://github.com/bhaak/github-feeds) that outputs static RSS files but you would expect that GitHub would have exported those by themselves.

                    Hmm, that looks likes exactly the target use case for GitHub Actions... running the static export script on every issue/PR would work well. My next weekend project seems to be this... :-)

                  • asjo 10 days ago

                    The URL listed for "Repo activities" is identical to the one for "User activity", and seems to actually be for the latter: https://github.com/:user.atom

                  • BasicObject 9 days ago

                    Literally was searching for these less than 24 hours ago. So weird to see a post about it. Thanks for sharing this.

                    • jmiserez 10 days ago

                      I feed these into IFTTT which turns releases into emails. Works well.

                      • Leace 10 days ago

                        This is nice if you don't have a GitHub account. Otherwise you can watch the repository with "releases only" option and it will send you e-mail notifications.

                        • jmiserez 10 days ago

                          I did not know that option existed, thanks. Of course that is much simpler.