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I'm looking for a simple desktop application that downloads everything linked in an Atom feed. This isn't for reading blogs or listening to podcasts - simply using the feed as a notification service for new data. [Maybe a podcast manager could do this? The files wouldn't be audio though...]


  • OSX and Windows (could be different applications for each platform)
  • Runs in the background, doing its thing as quietly as possible (maybe notify user when an entry has downloaded)
  • Must download every entry without prompting
  • Can download huge data (5 Gb+ files)
  • Must support username/password authentication (and not ask each time)
  • Retains directory names (so "http://example.com/feed/my/directory/name" would store locally to "c:\my feeds\my\directory\name\file.dat")
  • Free

Could also consider RSS applications, although Atom is preferred.

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Have you tried any applications? Did they not fulfill your needs? –  Daniel Andersson May 11 '12 at 6:38
I've looked for some, but I actually don't see a lot of Atom readers out there - unless "RSS" is a catch-all term for both RSS and Atom. I think the requirement to maintain directory names could be tricky. –  Steve Bennett May 11 '12 at 12:30
Most "RSS readers" are "feed readers", really. So they typically support Atom and the various RSS formats. –  unor Jan 15 '13 at 23:55

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