How to Use RSS Feeds to Automatically Download Anime
Shit out of luck ever since nyaa closed down? Well the good news for you is that HorribleSubs (and other sub groups) are still up and running, and you’ll be able to get anime on those sites. There’s a way to make it easier on yourself and not have to check a website several times a day to see if an anime that you’re currently watching has a new episode out.
I’m going to show you how to use RSS feeds to automatically download airing anime of your choosing. To be able to do this, you’ll need to:
- Go on your fansub site of choice (I’m going with horriblesubs.info for this article since they have the widest selection of anime.)
- Open up qBittorrent (Any torrent client will work for this, but for the sake of myself, I’ll show you how to do it on qBittorrent.)
Go on horriblesubs.info and click the RSS button (it’s the furthest right button on the bar below the banner.)
Once your cursor is over the RSS button, click the resolution you watch anime in. I watch it in 720p so I’ll pick that one.
Copy the URL at the top.
Click the RSS tab on qBittorrent.
Click the New Subscription button.
Paste the RSS feed URL and press OK (The URL should already be pasted in).
If your RSS feed page looks like this, you’re on the right track so far and ready to move on.
Click the RSS Downloader button.
This screen will open up.
Click the green + button.
Type the name of the anime you want to download (I’m picking Sakura Quest for this article), and then press OK.
Assign where you want the file to go, click the checkmark next to HorribleSubs RSS (under Apply Rule to Feeds), and do whatever else you want, and then click close. Your screen should look like this before you close it.
Side Note: Normally you would need to add something like “720” to the end of the Must Contain line so your RSS feed wouldn’t download the same anime two or three times in different resolutions, but horriblesubs is great enough to split them into different categories, making our lives way easier.
While your RSS feed will automatically update on its own around every 15 or so minutes, click Update All if you want your feed to update now instead of waiting that long.
If you have followed all of the steps correctly, and your anime of choosing has a new episode out, your RSS feed should be able to pick it out and start downloading it.
Side note: If it’s halfway though a season and you want to add a RSS feed to a show you want to begin watching, you’ll probably have to manually torrent the episodes that aired first while the RSS feed picks up the latest episode. The RSS feeds for sub sites aren’t infinite sadly.
Once your anime is finished downloading, watch it on Crunchyroll ;).
I hope this guide helps you out. It has saved me hours in total searching for new episodes of anime that I’m watching.