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RSS Feed Autodiscovery

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Wednesday January 18, 2006 )

A very useful tip – several browsers, such as FireFox and IE7 can automatically locate your RSS feed if you add the following line of code to your pages. In Firefox, an icon is added at the end of an address bar to indicate when it has detected an RSS feed, aka a “live bookmark”.

If you’re running blogging software it may already be present; but this is especially useful if you want Firefox and other browsers with this feature to detect the feed on non-blog software powered pages of your site.

Place the following between the and tags and change the /path/to/your.xml to match the location of your file, plus also change the title attribute:

<link rel=”alternate” type=”application/rss+xml” title=”RSS Feed for” href=”/path/to/your.xml” />

While this text has wrapped in the above example, ensure it’s on a single line in your source code.

Learn more about creating and submitting RSS feeds


7 comments for RSS Feed Autodiscovery
  1. If no one has told you lately…
    Thanks a lot! I’m a beginner, and the learning process is very painful.
    But you help to add clarity to the subject. I like that.


    Comment by Patricia — July 26, 2006 @ 1:52 pm

  2. Hi Patricia, thanks for your kind feedback! :)

    Comment by Michael Bloch — July 26, 2006 @ 2:59 pm

  3. Thanks also from me, thanks to your site, I now finally understand the basics of RSS and how to apply them. And I can finally see it in Firefox and IE 7. Thanks again. Joe

    Comment by Joe — August 5, 2006 @ 11:34 pm

  4. Hi Joe, thanks for your kind comment -great to hear – yep, your feed is coming up fine in IE7; good luck with it! :)

    Comment by Michael Bloch — August 5, 2006 @ 11:49 pm

  5. Good stuff. This article made me aware of auto-discovery after the fact! ie Judging by the appearance of the RSS feed symbol in Firefox address bar, I seem to have already “mastered” this promotional aspect of web feeds!

    In fairness, I think it is more to do with the blogging software, Rapidweaver, and Feedburner, which must have the code built in somehow, as I am not aware of doing any autodiscovery coding myself!

    Comment by Andy — October 23, 2006 @ 5:49 pm

  6. The information you provided regarding autodiscovery is straight forward and to the point. Very Good!

    Comment by Paul Palumbo — October 11, 2007 @ 1:54 pm

  7. Thanks for all your information. Made simple what was a mystery. Your code for telling a friend worked well too.
    Thanks again,

    Comment by Gaines — August 28, 2008 @ 10:28 pm

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