How to Get RSS Feed Updates Straight to Your Email Inbox
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RSS feeds are awesome — especially if you’re using an RSS client actually worth using — 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.)

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. Need ideas? Check out these IFTTT recipes that’ll make your life easier as well as these IFTTT recipes that’ll save you money.

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.