Configure Feed2toot

Create credentials for Mastodon

As a prerequisite to use Feed2toot, you need to authorize a Mastodon app for your account.

Just use the script register_feed2toot_app to register the feed2toot app for your account.:

$ ./register_feed2toot_app

This script generates the Mastodon application credentials for Feed2toot.
feed2toot_clientcred.txt and feed2toot_usercred.txt will be written
in the current directory: /home/me/feed2toot.
WARNING: previous files with the same names will be overwritten.

A connection is also initiated to create the application.
Your password is *not* stored.

Mastodon instance URL (defaults to
Mastodon login:
Mastodon password:

The app feed2toot was added to your Preferences=>Accounts=>Authorized apps page.
The file feed2toot_clientcred.txt and feed2toot_usercred.txt were created in the current directory.

As described above, two files were created. See the Use register_feed2toot_app section for more options for register_feed2toot_app.

Create Feed2toot configuration

After using register_feed2toot_app, you’ll need the credentials in the feed2toot configuration.

In order to configure Feed2toot, you need to create a feed2toot.ini file (or any name you prefer, finishing with the extension .ini) with the following parameters:

; Here you need the two files created by register_feed2toot_app
; Default visibility is public, but you can override it:
; toot_visibility=unlisted



toot={title} {link}
; toot_max_len=125
title_pattern=Open Source
; ignore_ssl=false

; no_tags_in_toot=false



For the [mastodon] section:

  • instance_url: the url of your Mastodon instance
  • user_credentials: a file with the user credentials, generated by the command register_feed2toot_app
  • client_credentials: a file with the client credentials, generated by the command register_feed2toot_app
  • toot_visibility: any of the valid options for the visibility field here. Default is public, but unlisted prevents flooding the instance’s public timeline (which is more polite).

For the [cache] section:

  • cachefile: the path to the cache file storing ids of already tooted links. Absolute path is mandatory. This file should always use the .db extension.
  • cache_limit: length of the cache queue. defaults to 100.

For the [lock] section (starting from version 0.11):

  • lock_file: lock to stop any other feed2toot instance to run at the same time. Default is ~/.config/feed2toot.lock
  • lock_timeout: automatically remove the lock if the datetime in the lock file is greater than n seconds. Default is 3600 seconds.

For the [rss] section:

  • uri: the url of the rss feed to parse
  • uri_list: a path to a file with several adresses of rss feeds, one by line. Absolute path is mandatory.
  • toot: format of the toot you want to post. It should use existing entries of the RSS fields like {title} or {link}. Launch it with this field empty to display all available entries. If you want to shorten the size of a field, you can use the syntax {summary:.100} to cut the field “summary” of the rss feed after the first 100 characters (starting from version 0.10). To add new lines you can use n (starting from version 0.14)
  • toot_max_len: the max length of a toot can be defined here. If the toot size is longer, the toot is truncated and “…” added at the end. Defaults is 500 characters.
  • {one field of the rss feed}_pattern: takes a string representing a pattern to match for a specified field of each rss entry of the rss feed, like title_pattern or summary_pattern.
  • {one field of the rss feed}_pattern_case_sensitive: either the pattern matching for the specified field should be case sensitive or not. Default to true if not specified.
  • no_uri_pattern_no_global_pattern: don’t apply global pattern (see above) when no pattern-by-uri is defined in the uri_list. Allows to get all entries of a rss in the uri_list because no pattern is defined so we match them all. Defaults to false, meaning the global patterns will be tried on every rss in the uri_list NOT HAVING specific patterns and so ONLY entries from the specific uri in the uri_list matching the global patterns will be considered.
  • addtags: add the tags from the rss feed at the end of the toot. Defaults to true.
  • ignore_ssl: when the uri or uri_list contains an https url with an invalid certificate (e.g an expired one), feed2toot will be unable to get rss content. This option allows to bypass the ssl security to catch the rss content. Defaults to false.

For the [hashtaglist] section:

  • several_words_hashtags_list: a path to the file containing hashtags in two or more words. Absolute path is mandatory. By default Feed2toot adds a # before every words of a hashtag. See documentation below for an example of this file.
  • no_tags_in_toot: stop hash tags to be added at the toot. Defaults to false.

for the [feedparser] section:

  • accept_bozo_exceptions: If set to true, feed2toot will accept malformed feeds, which are rejected by default.

For the [media] section:

  • custom: the path to a media (should be supported by Mastodon) to be posted with every Mastodon post.

Example of the list of hash tags

The list of hash tags is a simple text file with one hash tag composed by several words on a single line:

free software community

Instead of having #free #software #community or #open-source in the resulting toot, you will have #freesoftwarecommunity and #opensource. You only have to identify the hash tags you frequently use in your RSS feeds and put them in this file to have well formatted hash tags in your toots.

List of rss feeds

Simple list of rss feeds

With the parameter uri_list, you can define a list of uri to use. Feed2toot is able to match specific patterns for each of the rss feeds from this list. Consider the following rss section of the configuration file:

toot={title} {link}

Now let’s have a look at the =/home/john/feed2toot/rsslist.txt file:

Each line of this file is a url to a rss feed. Pretty simple.

Display the name of the feed in the toots

If you want to display the name of the feed in the resulting toot, you can do so by giving it a name with the following syntax:

Le journal du hacker <>

Then in the toot configuration, you can use the {feedname} syntax, which will be replaced by the actual name of the feed.

Match specific patterns of rss feeds in the uri_list files

You can use specific pattern matching for uri in the uri_list file to filter some of the rss entries of a rss feed. Lets modify the previous file:|title|hacker,psql|title|gitlab

Each line of this file starts with an uri, followed by a pipe (|), followed by the name of the available section to parse (see below), again followed by a pipe (|), followed by patterns, each pattern being separated from the other one by a semi-colon (,).

In the example file above wee get every rss entries from the feed available at where a substring in the title section of this entry matches either “hacker” or “psql”. Specific patterns are not case sensitive. For the second line, we match every rss entries from the feed available at where a substring in the title section of this entry matches “gitlab”.

Consider every entries of a rss feed from a uri in the uri_list file

It is possible to get all entries from a rss feed available in the uri_list file. You need an option to deactivate the global pattern matching for uri in the uri_list NOT having specific patterns:


In you rsslist.txt, just don’t give anything else than the needed feed url to get all the entries:|title|hacker,psql|title|gitlab

The last line of the file above only has the url of a rss feed. All entries from this feed will be tooted.