Sending Newsbeuter/Newsboat Articles to Instapaper
Published 08 May 2018. Tags: beards, web.
I read RSS feeds through newsboat (the regularly maintained successor to newsbeuter). I also often save articles to read later through Instapaper. I wanted to be able to save articles from newsboat directly to Instapaper by just hitting a key.
Neither newsbeuter nor newsboat seem to support binding arbitrary keys to arbitrary commands, so the idea here is to rebind the “bookmark” command to hit a shell script that sends the article to Instapaper.
There’s a Ruby library/executable called ricepaper that you can use to interface with Instapaper. Assuming you’ve got Ruby installed, you can install the library with:
$ gem install ricepaper
Next, you’ll need to wrap it with an executable that takes a URL as a command
line argument and handles your Instapaper credentials. Save this script as
instapaper, set the username and password variables appropriately, drop it
somewhere in your
$PATH, and make it executable:
#!/bin/bash # Add a URL to Instapaper. # # Usage: # # $ instapaper <url> username="YOUR_INSTAPAPER_EMAIL_ADDRESS" password="YOUR_INSTAPAPER_PASSWORD" ricepaper -u $username -p $password "$1" > /dev/null &
You should now be able to run the
instapaper script successfully, with the
indicated article appearing in your Instapaper account:
$ instapaper <url_for_an_article>
Assuming that works, you can bind the key in your
bookmark-cmd instapaper bookmark-autopilot yes bind-key i bookmark
Restart your feed reader, navigate to an article, hit
i, and your article
should appear in Instapaper.