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Node.js read and write post status to a JSON file

dailydevtips1 profile image Chris Bongers Originally published at daily-dev-tips.com ・2 min read

A while ago, I started building my RSS reader to auto-publish to certain platforms, but we never finished it πŸ‘€.

Today we will be looking into looping over the articles we get via the RSS reader and keeping track of which ones are posted to the socials.

Pre-condition: You need to know how to set up a basic node app πŸ‘ˆ

What you'll learn from this article

  • Read data from a JSON file in Node.js
  • Write data to a JSON file in Node.js
  • Reading RSS data
  • Keeping track of run changes

Setting up our JSON file

Our JSON file is going to be quite easy in structure and will look as follows:

    "https://daily-dev-tips.com/posts/rss-reader-in-node-js": {
        "published": true
    "https://daily-dev-tips.com/posts/top-10-chrome-extensions-for-developers-πŸ‘€": {
        "published": true

We basically only need to know if an object is already on this list.

Looping through our RSS feed

First, we need to add the rss-parser package.

npm i rss-parser

Then we can loop through our articles using the sitemap we have.

let Parser = require('rss-parser');
let parser = new Parser();

(async () => {
    let feed = await parser.parseURL('https://daily-dev-tips.com/sitemap.xml');

    feed.items.forEach(item => {

Now we need to make sure we read our JSON file and see if we have already published this article.

First, let's define the file-system.

const fs = require('fs');

Then we can read out actual JSON file

let rawdata = fs.readFileSync('site.json');
let siteData = JSON.parse(rawdata);

This will at first we an empty object {}.

In our loop we need to check if we already published this item.
If yes => Don't do anything
If no => Do magic and then add to JSON file.β€Œ

feed.items.forEach(item => {
    let url = item.id;
    if (!siteData.url) {
        // Do magic posting stuff
        siteData[url] = {
            'published': true

Once the loop is done, we can save our JSON to the actual file.

fs.writeFileSync('site.json', JSON.stringify(siteData));

Our JSON file will then look something like this.

    "https://daily-dev-tips.com/posts/vanilla-javascript-canvas-images-to-black-and-white/": {
        "published": true
    "https://daily-dev-tips.com/posts/vanilla-javascript-images-in-canvas/": {
        "published": true
    "https://daily-dev-tips.com/posts/vanilla-javascript-colouring-our-canvas-elements-🌈/": {
        "published": true

Awesome, we now parsed our RSS feed, read our JSON file, and wrote data to it if not already in there!

You can find this project on GitHub.

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