The 13 Best Yahoo Pipes Alternatives You Should Look at Today

Angela Randall 08-06-2015

Yahoo has finally given up on Yahoo Pipes Yahoo Maps and Yahoo Pipes Are Dead, Facebook Lite Cuts the Crap, & More... [Tech News Digest] Yahoo kills things, Facebook dumbs down, PayPal calls you, Google Maps goes diving, video games get inducted, and The Drone invents a new horror genre. Read More , along with a number of other tools that weren’t making them any money. So, all of us who relied on Yahoo Pipes to clean up dodgy RSS feeds How To Edit Existing RSS Feeds With Yahoo! Pipes Read More  need an alternative. And fast.


Ultimately, the alternative tool you choose to go with for your RSS feed Newspaper 2.0 - Your Guide to RSS There’s a web technology that can find information on almost any subject on the Internet and spoon-feed it to you. With RSS you can read every article offered by any particular blog. Read More manipulation will depend on what you were originally using Yahoo Pipes for, your operating system, and your technical proficiency. Most of these solutions will involve a little bit of know-how and your own personal server or virtual private server solution.

Also, keep in mind that people use Yahoo Pipes How To Edit Existing RSS Feeds With Yahoo! Pipes Read More for a variety of different things, so the idea of a perfect Yahoo Pipes alternative is going to be a bit different for everyone. Some of these options may also seem quite a long way from your idea of productivity with Yahoo Pipes 5 Job Search Guides to Improve Career Prospects and Find Your Passion The trick to life success lies in finding a career you love, and getting paid to work on your passion. How do you find your dream job? Try these fantastic tools. Read More , yet exactly what someone else needs as a good alternative. That said, I’ll save the one I think is best for last.

Now please note the Yahoo Pipes closure comes in two stages.

On August 30th 2015 Yahoo will make your Pipes read-only. Then, on 30th September 2015 they will close for good.

Back up Your Pipes

Before you look at the alternatives, it might be a wise idea to simply back up all your Pipes. Yahoo has offered a way to back up individual pipes, but this could take a really long time to do manually if you have more than a few Pipes.


With Yahoo’s back up, all you need to do is plug your own pipe’s ID into the following URL and then save the output. Then, repeat for each and every pipe you own. Ouch!

The 13 Standout Yahoo Pipes Alternatives


There’s a neat tool on Github called Pipe2Py that will turn your pipes into Python scripts. Run the Python equivalent on your own server. It’s also hosted on Google App Engine if you just want to give it a quick try.

RSS Percolator

RSS Percolator is a tool that does what most people do with Yahoo Pipes: merge a few RSS feeds together and filter out the entries you don’t want. It also lets you give the new name a nice title and description. It’s really basic and you’ll have to host it yourself, but it works.



Superpipes is an app designed specifically to replace Yahoo Pipes, as they foresaw its demise coming a long way off. It’s built using Superfeedr and hosted on Heroku, which is a pay-as-you-use app hosting solution with free signup.

There is a slight catch though, in that it relies on two addons, one of which is only available to Heroku beta testers (which you can apply to here: I’ve only just applied to be a beta tester myself, so I can’t verify that Superpipes works properly yet. However it looks really promising and shouldn’t be ignored as an option.

FeedsAPI [Broken URL Removed]

FeedsAPI FeedsAPI: Get Articles in a Feed to Be Expanded to Full View Read More is a web app we first introduced you to way back in 2011 as a simple way to expand RSS feeds from a short feed to a full feed. It has actually evolved into a far more interesting tool since then, allowing you to do all sorts of tricks, like automatically getting information from static HTML pages and turning them into RSS feeds or emails.

The catch? It’s a paid solution that starts at $15/month.



Pypes is an application designed to replicate the look of Yahoo Pipes as well as the functionality. The drag-and-drop interface is based on Stackless Python.


ClickScript is an interesting visual way to run scripts, so it has that aspect of Yahoo Pipes covered. The ClickScript website seems to be unable to register people at the moment, but it is open source and available on GitHub if you want to play with your own version of it.


The idea behind WebHookIt was not to be a clone of Yahoo Pipes, however that’s exactly what it looks like. This is great news for people who loved using the graphic interface to create their pipes. It uses Node.js and MongoDB to get things done, and you can host it on your own AWS account if you follow some easy instructions.




Mulesoft is an enterprise application developed to work with all sorts of APIs for various purposes. It does require you to download software and seems to be free only for a trial period.


Quadrigram could be described as IFTTT+++. The web app lets you easily use APIs from hundreds of services to get your own things done. It seems to be designed with businesses in mind, and the Big Data tool could be an overkill as a replacement for Yahoo Pipes. It has 400 analytical modules that help you analyze and visualize data.


Kimono Labs

Kimono is a web app that lets you run APIs and crawl websites on a schedule, and export the data as JSON/CSV/RSS. It also integrates with Google Sheets and WordPress. The free plan should cover what most people want it to do.

What’s awesome about this tool is that once you see it in action you’ll realize it can do far more than Pipes ever did — and more easily! I’m almost glad Yahoo Pipes’ demise has sent me to this replacement.

Feedly + IFTTT solution

For many, Yahoo Pipes was used to combine personal RSS feeds from many sites, and then post them to Twitter or Facebook.

If all you’re doing with Yahoo Pipes is merging feeds to post to somewhere else, you can do a simple version of this using Feedly Pro and IFTTT. Use a recipe that takes new items in a Feedly category and send it to Twitter, Buffer or Facebook.


Feed Combining + Feed Filtering

If you’re not a Feedly Pro user, there are dozens of feed combining tools out there you can use.

Check out RSS Mix and FeedCombine for starters. If you don’t like them, there are plenty more. This will let you continue to combine RSS feeds How To Create Your Own Yahoo Pipes That Can Save You Money Sorting through tremendous volumes of data can take a lot of time. There exist two innovations that make that process simple: Yahoo Pipes and RSS. They can get you the information with very little effort. Read More for whatever useful RSS purpose you have in mind.


You may want to simply filter the feed Too Many RSS Feeds? Use These Tools To Make Reading Easier Many RSS users complain of information overload with too many RSS feeds cluttering their inbox. Fortunately, a number of RSS organization tools can tame even the wildest of feed collections. Go ahead -- declutter your... Read More somewhat before you post it to Twitter. Take that combined feed and run it through something like Twitterfeed or IFTTT, being sure to set options that filter for certain keywords, and adding hashtags before it posts.

If you want to filter your feeds How to Filter out Undesirable Posts in your RSS Reader Read More for other purposes, you can use tools like Feed Rinse. These tools are not as powerful as Pipes, but will at least filter out content for you.


Huginn is the solution most Yahoo Pipes users seem to be turning to. It’s an app you can grab from GitHub, allowing you to do anything Yahoo Pipes could do and most things IFTTT can do too.

You can run it on your own server, or you can deploy it on Heroku for free using a simple install process. If that doesn’t suit you, there are instructions in the wiki for deployment on dozens of other services, including a guide for complete novices.

This is the most popular of all the GitHub solutions mentioned, and has a huge, active support community behind it. It’s well documented and easy to use. Plus, once you start playing with it you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it.

Which Yahoo Pipes Alternative Suits You?

So, tell us which of these Yahoo Pipes replacements you’ve tried and what you liked or hated about each one. Also, let us know if anyone has developed an easy way to back up multiple Pipes. We all want one!

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  1. Anonymous
    January 11, 2018 at 9:29 am is a site that functions a lot like the old Yahoo Pipes! It has an editor and blocks and everything.

  2. owl
    February 15, 2017 at 1:43 pm


  3. suginoe
    April 11, 2016 at 10:22 am

    still less understand gionogames

  4. DoubleDejaVu
    March 10, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    It's gotten so that you can't put your weight down on anything that's really useful. Sometimes it's bought up and buried. Sometimes what was free suddenly isn't, or the pricing model changes adversely so it's no longer affordable to individuals. Sometimes it's bought up and buried. Sometimes it's "discontinued" (We're moving on to other projects), and sometimes it just disappears without a word.

  5. spideymang
    February 24, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    Kimonolabs has died, any alternative to have RSS feeds?

    • bbilko
      March 7, 2016 at 6:34 pm

      Check out Dexter, @spideymang! Just launched some great RSS support there and there are tons of integration / automation opportunities for feeds -

      • Richard West
        July 29, 2016 at 10:33 am

        Unfortunately, Dexter only says "Free while in Beta", the implication that you'll have to pay later... No thanks.

  6. Auron
    December 13, 2015 at 5:45 am

    Been through all of them and none of them compare to yahoo pipes, it's a shame they killed the only good thing they've ever done.

    • Angela Randall
      December 14, 2015 at 10:41 am

      Yeah, these are the best, but not one of these can do all that Pipes could do.

    • Joe
      January 23, 2016 at 11:09 pm

      I found the same thing.. typical.

      I find they cancel all the TV series I like too, and the ones that are "okay" or worse carry on seemingly forever.

  7. Anonymous
    November 27, 2015 at 4:14 am

    There is a feed that I subscribe to that has a daily "top link of the day" post. How can I get the content (text and also, if possible, images) of the linked page into a feed?

  8. Anonymous
    October 5, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    I've combed through these options and haven't found a viable option.. was hoping checking back now that it's October would reveal some further options but here nor elsewhere on the web am I finding anything realistic to use for my simple purpose- combine a bunch of rss feeds and filter en masse to a new consolidated rss feed.

    • Angela Randall
      December 14, 2015 at 10:43 am

      Since writing this I've found that can do exactly this.

  9. Anonymous
    September 16, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    Has there been any word on what Yahoo will actually do with the code base of Pipes? Would they viably be able to open source it?

    The part I'm finding tough is there just doesn't seem to be anything as powerful and flexible while still being easy to use. I would love to use Huginn, but I'm just not developer and command-line savvy enough to even approach it. That was the beauty of Pipes, it approachable while still being pretty hardcore nerdy.

  10. Anonymous
    July 20, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    Great article! thanks Angela!

    Can you tell if any of the alternatives in your list has a translator node, like Yahoo Pipes has for BabelFish?

    Or do you know any other way to translate RSS feeds from one language or another (I know already about the Google Script variant, but it doesn't produce a very readable feed).

  11. Kannon Yamada
    July 3, 2015 at 1:13 am

    Thanks for writing this. I got seriously down when they announced Pipes' closure. It was really difficult tracking down anything that was remotely similar to Pipes.

    Can I ask what you were using Pipes for? I thought pretty much no one at MUO even bothered with the thing.

  12. Anonymous
    June 25, 2015 at 11:11 pm

    Which of these alternatives will convert a webcal file (e.g., Facebook friends' birthdays) into something exportable as .csv (name, birthday & any other fields embedded)?

    • Anonymous
      October 27, 2015 at 11:05 pm

      Can't answer your query directly Glenn, but FWIW I used to output Events from a Facebook Group to a Google Calendar (via iCal).

      I then used Yahoo Pipes to produce an RSS feed from the Google Calendar. The Facebook Group needs a Facebook login, the Google Calendar needs a Google login, but the RSS feed was visible to everyone - a great boon, and all for free.

      Sadly with the demise of Yahoo Pipes I now have to find another way to convert a Google Calendar to RSS (or anything similar that is visible without requiring a Google ID, and that doesn't require anything server-side)...

      I'm looking at the ones in the article here but no immediate solution appears. :-( Indeed, indicates that it may be about to become impossible. Nevertheless, might do it - but it's not free.

  13. Anonymous
    June 17, 2015 at 9:44 am

    Thank you so much for this great article.
    I was using Yahooo pipes for adding images to RSS without images (grabbing the 1st image google would bring from the the title of the article, 90% of the time it's worked.
    I've checked all the alternatives you point, but I can't see how it's can be done, any suggestion ?

  14. Anonymous
    June 13, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    Thanks Angela for this article.

    For those who work in the library/research/monitoring sector, I have written a list of Yahoo Pipes replacements focusing on the RSS feeds merging and filtering features only :

  15. Anonymous
    June 10, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    In addition to Yahoo Pipes, another Yahoo tool I have used similarly is YQL ( Is the future of this known?

    • Angela Randall
      June 26, 2015 at 10:30 am

      But can we trust Yahoo anymore?

  16. Anonymous
    June 9, 2015 at 9:50 am

    Instead of Dapper, you can use or attempt or

    • Anonymous
      June 9, 2015 at 9:51 am

      Instead of Dapper, you can use or try or

  17. Anonymous
    June 8, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    Thanks very much for the info! Dose anyone have a replacement for Dapper? Seems yahoo must have already shut that down.