Ramin Hossaini

An introduction to Yahoo! Pipes


Yahoo! isn’t exactly one of my favourite companies out there, and it isn’t hard to figure out why when you see how they’ve acquired and maintained technologies like Delicious and Flickr.

That being said, I have to say I’m a big fan of Yahoo! Pipes, and I haven’t been able to find an alternative that’s as good.

The name is derived from the Unix pipe where simple commands can be combined together to create output that meets your needs.


So here’s a very simple example: let’s say you have a specific RSS feed (in this example, the Guardian football RSS feed) you like – but you’re only interested in very specific news (in this example, we only want content relating to Liverpool FC).

Go to Yahoo! Pipes and create a new pipe. Then add the RSS feed as input:

Click on the input-box and you should be able to see a preview of what the input is like:

Under the ‘Operators’ menu on the left, drag a ‘filter’ module into your pipe, add some rules and then connect the boxes together:

Click on the ‘pipe output’ box to see a preview of the new output:

Once you’ve saved your pipe, click on ‘Run pipe’ and get the output’s RSS feed address:

I’m curious to see how others use Yahoo! Pipes – leave a comment if you think of something.

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