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Amazon Products Feed

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The current version number is: 3.040323

This script was created to utilize's Web Services to provide a real-time listing of books or other items on your site that provide links for your visitors to purchase these items from using your affiliate code. This script parses's XML feed to provide search results and bestseller listings in HTML for your visitors.
  • Free (as in beer) - Open Source GPL license (as in freedom).
  • Easy - put your associate id in the script and your affiliate store is fully stocked and ready to run.
  • Simple - a single Perl script, that only requires one Perl module that should already be installed on your server.
  • Cross-platform - versions of this script are known to be running on both Linux/Apache and Windows/IIS.
  • Flexible - control the operation of the script through how you link to it.
  • Customizable - change the look and feel of the results through simple HTML template files.
  • Established - hundreds of web sites are currently running their own Web store with this script.
  • Multi-lingual - change the language by editing a simple text file. Currently known to be running on sites in German, Spanish, and Estonian.
  • Multi-national - works with,, and
  • Scalable - change a single setting to increase or decrease the cache size to trade between speed and disk space.
  • Promotional - all of the searches are automatically cross linked throughout the results for suggestive selling. Feature special items you select on every page, either chosen randomly from a list you supply or a specific item.'s Chat rooms integrated into the results using your associate id.
  • Efficient - many users have remarked how this script returns results faster then shopping directly at Amazon. Now it's even faster with cached results that are updated hourly.
  • Extensive - many ways to list the products you want. Browse all products or list selected products by ASIN. Search by: keyword, and many other advanced methods of searching. Even search for third party products by condition and ASIN or by seller.
  • Reliable - the script has been programmed to not make any sales if it cannot find an Associate ID. So that we have done our best to ensure that you get credit for every sale.
  • Safe - no URL input is directly used to access your server. All URL input is sanitized to deter hacking.

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You can download the script and all related files from in a tar file.

Edit the script to put in your Amazon affiliate id
$associate_ids{us} = [ "freewarfrommrrat" ];

Check the first line in it and make sure it points to the proper location of Perl on your server

Upload this cgi to your cgi-bin directory as ASCII and mark it as executable
chmod 775

That's all you have to do.
The script will now allow your visitors to search and browse through millions of bestselling items from

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But wait, there's lots more you can do with this script.

Be sure and read the Beginner's Guide to get started.

Then when you have the script up and running on your site you'll want to look over the Advanced Guide, the FAQ, and possibly the Variables List.

For a smaller, simpler solution for displaying a single product, or even just the image or price, you may want to check out my APF Banner script.


this script uses Perl module LWP. It should be on your server, if not try:
perl -MCPAN -e 'install Bundle::LWP'

You can subscribe/unsubscribe to our Scripts Announce list here.
You can discuss this script and occasionally obtain limited free support at MrRat's Scripts Support Forum

Amazon/Webmaster Services has search engine hacks for this script and other AWS related items.

What's New:

03/23/04 - fixed Tools by changing mode from universal to tools

03/14/04 - Updated DE stuff only - added new modes and updated nodes. Nothing new for US or UK.

08/23/03 - XHTML & CSS, add accessories to cart, fixed list price display and umlaut search

history of changes

05/22/02 - script created.

p.s. I am not associated with in any way besides being an affiliate. I just wrote this script for ease of use.

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