How to Get RSS Feed Updates Straight to Your Email Inbox

Joel Lee 06-05-2016

RSS feeds are awesome — especially if you’re using an RSS client actually worth using What Is RSS and How Can It Improve Your Life? Read More — but sometimes they aren’t the best solution. It can be annoying to have yet another thing to check every morning, right?


Maybe it’d be better to receive those RSS updates as emails.

Fortunately, this is possible! You’ll need to know how to use IFTTT, which is a lovely web service that can perform all kinds of actions based on certain triggers. In our case, whenever our RSS feed updates, we want IFTTT to send it to us as email. (Learn more about IFTTT here How To Create Your Own IFTTT Recipes For Automating Your Favorite Sites & Feeds There are a few web services that can be considered "priceless" and IFTTT is one of them. The service, which stands for "if this then that" has the power to automate common tasks and help... Read More .)

First, sign up for IFTTT. It’s free.


Once you’re logged in, click on Channels at the top. Search for the Email channel, add it, and fill out your email details when prompted. (It might already be filled out, in which case you can just keep going.)



Next, click My Recipes at the top and then click the Create a Recipe button.


When you see “ifthisthenthat”, click on this to select a Trigger. For this recipe, our trigger will be Feed (which fires whenever a new item appears in the RSS feed).


Select New feed item from the choices. When prompted for a Feed URL, enter the RSS feed you want to track. Finish by clicking Create Trigger.


Now you’ll see “ifthisthenthat” again, but this time click on that to select an Action. For this recipe, our action will be Email (which means IFTTT will send an email whenever the trigger fires).


Select Send me an email from the choices. When prompted, leave everything as is. This will be the format of the emails sent to you. (Refer to the screenshot above.) Finish by clicking Create Action.


Give the recipe a name and click Create Recipe. Done!

Learn about all the cool things you can do with IFTTT in our ultimate guide to using IFTTT like a pro The Ultimate IFTTT Guide: Use the Web's Most Powerful Tool Like a Pro If This Then That, also known as IFTTT is a free web-based service to get your apps and devices working together. Not sure how to build your applet? Follow along with this guide. Read More . Need ideas? Check out these IFTTT recipes that’ll make your life easier 9 Smartphone IFTTT Tricks to Make Your Life 100x Easier IFTTT lets you automate aspects of your life without requiring any technical knowledge whatsoever. Here are some quick IFTTT smartphone tricks that can ease the stresses of everyday life. Read More as well as these IFTTT recipes that’ll save you money 5 More Ways to Use IFTTT to Save Money (and Time) at Home Anyone can create their own IFTTT recipes, and many of them can be used to put extra money in your pocket. Read More .

How do you like IFTTT? Is there another way to send RSS updates to email? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. Anonymous
    June 20, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    Wasn't RSS meant precisely to sidestep email? That is, instead of getting e.g., newsletters in your inbox, you read them with an RSR client?

    • Joel Lee
      June 24, 2016 at 1:44 am

      Haha, good point. I'd only use this trick when I'd prefer email updates from a certain site but that site only offers RSS options.