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Auto-download bittorrent RSS feeds via Automator Apps
Problem: Mac bittorrent clients don't support RSS feeds, and I would like to download files from assorted bittorrent RSS feeds.

Solution: I created an Automator application to automatically download the latest files from the bittorrent RSS feeds I follow (this hint should work with any bittorrent RSS feed).

I used Safari to bookmark the RSS feed I was interested in following, though I use Google Reader for my other RSS feeds. If you use Safari to read all your RSS feeds, you need to specify which RSS feed to process in the workflow. I then created a workflow that opens Safari and Transmission, processes unread RSS feeds from Safari, downloads the torrents, and marks RSS articles as read.

The workflow is saved as an application which is then launched automatically at set times by iCal alarms. Transmission's watch folder is set to the same folder as Safari's downloads, so Transmission automatically detects the torrents and starts downloading away.

Details on the workflow:
  1. Get Specified Finder Items: Safari and Transmission
  2. Open Finder Items -- to launch both apps
  3. Get Feeds From Safari: check the Only return feeds with unread entries box.
  4. Filter Articles: Any conditions are true, with one condition of Status -- is -- unread.
  5. Mark Articles: Status = Read
  6. Get Link URLs From Articles: uncheck the Only return URLs in the same domain box.
  7. Display Webpages
I saved this as an application, and have iCal open it several times during the day.

[robg adds: I haven't tested this one.]
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Auto-download bittorrent RSS feeds via Automator
Authored by: t3knomanser on May 08, '09 07:49:24AM

Well, many Mac bittorrent clients don't support RSS feeds. Miro does- admittedly, a little bit more than a Bittorrent client, since it's a video/audio manager/player, but it does support bittorrent over RSS.

This is a good solution, mind, but I've been using Bittorrent over RSS on my Mac for awhile now.

//Internet tivo FTW!



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Auto-download bittorrent RSS feeds via Automator
Authored by: abultoot on May 08, '09 08:12:55AM

Miro doesnt work with all feeds for ex. feedmytorrents.com



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Auto-download bittorrent RSS feeds via Automator
Authored by: fritztoch on May 08, '09 08:06:34AM
I have been using Automatic (http://codingcurious.com/automatic/) for several months, and have been very pleased with it.

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Auto-download bittorrent RSS feeds via Automator
Authored by: Anonymous on May 08, '09 10:27:13AM

Seconded. Preference pane that just downloads podcast RSS feeds in the background. Wonderful.



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Auto-download bittorrent RSS feeds via Automator
Authored by: abultoot on May 09, '09 02:00:16AM

wow had no clue about this. thanks!



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Auto-download bittorrent RSS feeds via Automator
Authored by: ScottTFrazer on May 08, '09 08:24:44AM

What about Azureus / Vuze ? I've been using that for years and it's got a few RSS plugins available.



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Authored by: neuralstatic on May 08, '09 10:27:38AM
yes, very easy solution with azureas/vuze. also there is a mac app called TVshows that works brilliantly ( http://tvshows.sourceforge.net/ ) with listings, daemon monitoring and auto starting dl's

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Auto-download bittorrent RSS feeds via Automator
Authored by: lowbatteries on May 08, '09 08:50:40AM

I have a nearly identical automator workflow for this! I should've posted it long ago and maybe saved you some time.

1. Get Feeds From Safari
2. Filter Articles (with various filters)
3. Mark Articles (as read)
4. Get Enclosure URLs from Articles
5. Download URLs
6. Open Finder Items

A few caveats:

- it seems that when my workflow runs, any full-screen video becomes windowed (netflix/hulu/itunes).
- I also seem to have to run Safari at least once after the computer starts up in order for the RSS feed to update.

I can put up a link to my version if anyone is lazy or wants a jumping off point, just reply to my comment if you're interested.



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Auto-download bittorrent RSS feeds via Automator
Authored by: seanasy on May 08, '09 12:38:56PM
For videos, Miro is an easier solution.

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Authored by: UberFu on May 08, '09 01:40:19PM

@abultoot -

You should do some more research_ this can be accomplished thru BOTH Vuze from Azureus and current versions of Firefox as it supports a Torrent plugin and has builtin RSS support_

I know several people that use each method_



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Auto-download bittorrent RSS feeds via Automator
Authored by: abultoot on May 09, '09 01:59:16AM

cool!



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Auto-download bittorrent RSS feeds via Automator
Authored by: whodean on May 09, '09 11:40:33AM

I use an easier method to accomplish the same thing.

1. Subscribe to torrent feed in NetNewsWire

2. Set NetNewsWire to automatically download enclosures to a particular folder.

3. Set Torrent client (I use Transmission) to watch that folder and automatically open torrent file.

VIOLA



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Auto-download bittorrent RSS feeds via Automator
Authored by: Anonymous on May 12, '09 10:17:19AM

You big silly -- you're using the desktop environment to accomplish something that could be accomplished by "buying into" a single, monolithic application! Your method is just sucking up to those Unix philosophies the OS was built upon!



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Auto-download bittorrent RSS feeds via Automator
Authored by: oxomoxo on Jun 15, '09 09:34:18PM
RSS and Automator newbie here. I'm trying to understand this:
Get Specified Finder Items: Safari and Transmission
Ok, got it.
Open Finder Items -- to launch both apps
Ok.
Get Feeds From Safari: check the Only return feeds with unread entries box.
Can you please elaborate? You lost me here, I can't find where to do this in Safari.
Filter Articles: Any conditions are true, with one condition of Status -- is -- unread.
Again, you lost me. When I open the RSS tab with my subscribed RSS's in them, I don't see these filter options.
Mark Articles: Status = Read
Do you mean you are clicking on the right hand side of the Safari RSS reader under "Actions" where it says "Mark all as read?"
Get Link URLs From Articles: uncheck the Only return URLs in the same domain box.
How are you accomplishing this?
Display Webpages
???

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Authored by: oxomoxo on Jun 15, '09 09:38:02PM

Oops, I found where you were doing this. Automator, not Safari. Nevermind my questions, I think I understand it now.



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Auto-download bittorrent RSS feeds via Automator
Authored by: tomski on Jun 02, '10 12:40:07PM

The German translation of the Automator workflow is:

Angegebene Finder-Objekte abfragen
Finder Objekte öffnen
Feeds von Safari abfragen
Artikel filtern
Artikel markieren
Verknüpfte URLs von Artikel abfragen
Webseiten anzeigen



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