Can any RSS reader read private Blogger blogs?
December 9, 2009 10:21 PM   Subscribe

How can I view private Blogger blogs in any RSS reader?

Is there any way? I think it's silly that I can't in Google Reader, since I use the same account to read those blogs as in Google Reader. Bonus points if there's a good downloadable (not online) service that can finagle it.
posted by freddymungo to Computers & Internet (4 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Hmm. A couple years back, I think this was impossible because Blogger didn't provide any way to authenticate for feeds. But that appears to not be the case anymore:

I don't know of any reader that implements that, but one could. It would also be fairly simple to write a gateway that does it. In fact, here's a quick and dirty, largely untested CGI script that might work. Install this somewhere where you can run CGI scripts and then access it like:

use CGI qw/:standard/;
use LWP::UserAgent;

if (param()) {
    my $id = param('id');
    my $email = param('e');
    my $passwd = param('p');

    my $ua = LWP::UserAgent->new;
    my $req = HTTP::Request->new(POST => '');

    my $res = $ua->request($req);
    if ($res->is_success) {
        my ($auth) = $res->content =~ /Auth=(.*)/;
        my $req2 = HTTP::Request->new(GET => "http://$");
        $req2->header(Authorization => "GoogleLogin auth=$auth");

        my $res2 = $ua->request($req2);
        if ($res2->is_success) {
            print header, $res2->content();
        } else {
            print header, start_html('Error'), "got auth token, but couldn't get feed: ";
            print $res2->status_line, "\n";

    } else {
        print header, start_html('Error'), "couldn't get auth token: ";
        print $res->status_line, "\n";
} else {
    print header, start_html('Error'), "include id, e, p params!";

posted by aneel at 12:04 AM on December 10, 2009

Thunderbird can handle password protected feeds.
posted by COD at 6:02 AM on December 10, 2009

Im not familiar with how blogger authenticates, but I've had success with some feeds using the format
posted by CharlesV42 at 6:18 AM on December 10, 2009

COD, CharlesV42: Blogger doesn't do standard HTTP authentication, so normal password mechanisms don't work for these feeds.
posted by aneel at 1:47 PM on December 10, 2009

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