Parsing a Flickr feed with SimpleXML

Parsing a Flickr RSS feed requires some preparatory steps. First of all, I tried to download a static copy of my feeds using wget just to study the file structure. Wrong choice! In fact, the format returned was Atom, not RSS. So I used the following approach:

$file = file_get_contents('');
echo $file;

So I got the correct format. Parsing the feed is quite a simple task:

$rss = simplexml_load_file('');
    foreach($rss->channel->item as $entry) {
        $title = $entry->title;
        $raw_published = $entry->pubDate;
        $published = str_replace('-0700', '', $raw_published);
        $raw_content = $entry->description;
        $content = html_entity_decode($raw_content, UTF-8);
        echo '<li>' . "\n" . '<h2>' . $title . '</h2>' . "\n" . '<p class="pubdate">' . $published . "</p>\n" . 
        $content . "</li>\n";

Two notes here:

  1. you need to start parsing from the root element, not from the SimpleXMLObject itself
  2. the description element contains markup that needs to be expanded using the html_entity_decode() function

You can see this test here.

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