Extract RSS feeds from Google Reader and Import them into another RSS reader

As the deadline approaches for Google Reader to be retired, there are more and more competitors on the web in the race to win the people’s attention.
Some of them offer automatic importOpens in a new tab. of the feeds but some only using the method of manual import through XML file.
In this article you will see how to export all feeds from Google Reader to an XML file which, on the other side could be imported into another RSS readers.

How to download RSS feeds and subscriptions from Google Reader

In one of my previous articles I have explained how to download entire data from various Google productsOpens in a new tab..
For this purpose we will need to extract only data from Google Reader. Thus, visit this specific takeout linkOpens in a new tab. and after data is fully loaded go to “Create archive”.

Download Google Reader archive

After the archive is built, you will see this:

Download Google Reader archive

After downloading the ZIP archive, extract it in a separate folder. You need to locate the “subscriptions.xml” file. That’s the file other RSS readers will ask you to import (somewhere mentioned as OPML: Import)

List of RSS readers which support manual import of RSS feeds

Well, after you have your rss-feeds-archive downloaded, you may take your time to choose the best RSS-News reader.
Here is the list of 10 most recommended RSS readers I found so far across the Internet (most of them support manual import of above mentioned XML file):

1. NetVibesOpens in a new tab.
2. NewsVibeOpens in a new tab.
3. Digg’s Reader
4. FeedSpotOpens in a new tab.
5. FlipBoardOpens in a new tab.
6. The Old ReaderOpens in a new tab.
7. PulseOpens in a new tab.
8. Curata ReaderOpens in a new tab.
9. AOL’s Reader (beta)
10. MultiPLXOpens in a new tab.

11. Bonus: Whichever reader that makes you happy is just perfect :)

Milan Mihajlov

Professional Software Tester. Previously IT Specialist and Sys Admin helping many companies to improve their IT infrastructure, IT management and Help Desk.

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