How to load and use SimplePie 1.3+ with CodeIgniter 2.1+

Posted by on Jun 18, 2013 in CodeIgniter | 2 Comments

SimplePie RSS CodeIgniter

The famous RSS parser, SimplePie, has changed a few rules in the last couple of versions. The previous methods used to install the library in CodeIgniter are now obsolete. Lets take a look at the new way to get it working in just 5 minutes.

1. Download SimplePie:

2. Inside ./application/third_party/ create a new folder named “SimplePie”.

3. Extract your SimplePie zip, and copy the library/ folder and autoloader.php to the “SimplePie” folder you just created in the previous step.

4. Inside¬†./application/third_party/SimplePie create a new folder named “cache”. The following image shows how your “SimplePie” folder should look:


5. Place the following code inside a file named “RSS.php” and save it to¬†./application/libraries/

<?php if ( ! defined('BASEPATH')) exit('No direct script access allowed');

require_once APPPATH."/third_party/SimplePie/autoloader.php";

define('SIMPLEPIE_CACHE_PATH', APPPATH . '/third_party/SimplePie/cache');

class RSS extends SimplePie
	public $cache_location = SIMPLEPIE_CACHE_PATH;

    public function __construct() { 

6. To use SimplePie in your controller, just load the RSS library as you normally would load any other library. Take a look at the example below for further reference:


$feed = $this->rss;
$success = $feed->init();

$this->load->view('home', array('feed' => $feed));

The previous instructions were tested on CodeIgniter 2.1.3 and SimplePie 1.3.1.

If you have anything to add, please feel free to do so in the comments sections below. Happy coding!


  1. dhamaso
    October 15, 2013

    Thanks you rocks!

  2. Cipher
    November 14, 2013

    Awesome! Thanks Danny


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