Where to Find Your WordPress RSS Feed URL

Every WordPress site automatically generates an RSS feed for your posts. Visitors can subscribe to this feed using a feed reader, and receive updates when you publish new posts.

In this post, you’ll learn where to find your feed URL, so you can share it with your readers.

Where to Find Your RSS Feed

The primary RSS feed is always installed in the /feed/ directory. For example, if your site is www.coolwebsite.com, your feed can be found at the following location: www.coolwebsite.com/feed/.

Try visiting your site and adding “/feed/” to the end of the URL now. You should see the raw XML file that is the RSS feed. Here’s what the Compete Themes RSS feed looks like at the time of writing this post:

screenshot of the RSS feed at Compete Themes

You can use the feed URL to embed or share your feed anywhere online.

By default, WordPress does not provide a way for you to promote it on your site. The only way is to link to it, so visitors can find it and subscribe with a feed reader.

As for sending readers notifications when new posts are published, FeedPress is an RSS-based solution that will let people subscribe to your feed and receive simple email notifications. Also, check out these other solutions for sending new post notification emails.

Conclusion

No matter how you choose to send notifications for new posts, RSS will be at the heart of it.

Knowing where to find the RSS for a WordPress site will help you promote your feed, and find feeds for other WordPress sites you follow.

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36 Comments

  1. Williamrenaud Williamrenaud

    Great post !!! Love it ! Thanks for sharing

  2. Charles emmanuel Charles emmanuel

    Nice post i really love the insight.

  3. Dave Dave

    Thanks for this post. I have been looking for how to get the rss url of my wordpress blog until i stumble on this post. Thanks once more

  4. Chitrasen singh Chitrasen singh

    What to do with /feed XML file.

    • Ben Sibley Ben Sibley

      You can link visitors to it and those with feed readers will know how to use it. Alternatively, you may use that URL to promote your post feed on other sites or send automated post notification emails with a service like MailChimp.

      • Abhilash Abhilash

        I tried with this ,

        http://feed/

        -> In the browser it opened as desired .
        -> While adding it to mailChimp, it says /feed is not a valid RSS feed..

        really confused .

        • Ben Sibley Ben Sibley

          Try checking the feed in a feed validator like this one. That should give you a specific error message that will help you figure out how to fix it.

          • Abhilash Abhilash

            Hi Ben ,

            Thanks for the reply . I already checked with a feed validator , it showed me an error that my feed has whitespace in first line .

            though I am trying to figure it out .

          • Abhilash Abhilash

            Hi Ben,

            I updated wordpress to the latest release and the issue got resolved !

            cheers and keep helping people !!

  5. Julio Maysonet Julio Maysonet

    Thank you for the post.

    I didn’t care much about my rss feed until I decided to submit it to a few blog directories. I’m new to blogging and I did not know where to find my rss feed until now.

  6. Julio Maysonet Julio Maysonet

    Hello,

    I checked my /feed/ but it downloads to my computer. I see that one here at competethemes it shows the feed in my internet edge browser.

    How can I change it so it does not download the feed but I can see in my edge browser like it’s here at competethemes?

    • Ben Sibley Ben Sibley

      Hi Julio,

      Thanks for reading! I’m not sure why the feeds would behave differently, but I suspect it is due to a plugin. Try disabling the plugins on your site temporarily and check if this makes a difference. Otherwise, it may be due to a setting in the edge browser.

  7. BernieB BernieB

    HI there,
    I just typed the usl followed by /feed but it says “Page Not found”. I’m a new WP user so have switched a few things around but wondering if there’s another way for me to find where the RSS feed is so I can use it in MailChimp.

    • Ben Sibley Ben Sibley

      Do you have WordPress installed in a subdirectory? Check the “Site URL” in your General Settings page, and try adding “/feed/” onto the end of that URL to find your RSS feed.

  8. Alcione D'Jalo Alcione D’Jalo

    Thank you so much for this. I can finally move forward

  9. Anginla Anginla

    Great article admin
    i appreciate you
    i search Rss/feed url before 2 hours but now fix my problem
    Thank you for sharing

  10. Bojrn Bojrn

    Thank you for this great post… Really Helpful..

  11. Oddsprofit Oddsprofit

    When I open http://mysite.com/feed it just asks me to save to get notifications of updates. I want to get the full feed url,how can I get this?

    • Ben Sibley Ben Sibley

      That functionality isn’t included in WP core, so check if you have any plugins that may be causing this notification. It’s also possible that your browser has a setting or an active extension that is adding the notification request.

      • Oddsprofit Oddsprofit

        It worked just without adding necessary links as I thought. I just used this http://www.profit-tips.website/feed and it worked. Thank you for a quick response.

  12. John C. John C.

    Thanks for your post. I was trying to submit my blog to a directory but they couldn’t validate my feed. I went to the feedvalidator i was also getting error meanwhile i put my rss feed the way u said it. Weburldotcom/feed/

    Any reason why my wordpress blog feed cannot Be validated?

    • Ben Sibley Ben Sibley

      Thanks for reading!

      In the General settings menu, get the WordPress URL and add “/feed/” after it. If WP is not installed in the root directory, this moves the feed’s location. If that’s not the issue, could you post the error the validator provides?

  13. Aaron D Key Aaron D Key

    Sorry. Feeling very dense. I was with you until the , you get a feed that looks like this. I have all 12 pages of it. Where is the RSS URL on this? Or alternatively what am I supposed to do with the 12 pages of stuff? Asked by for the very basic user?

    • Ben Sibley Ben Sibley

      Hi Aaron,

      Here’s where you can find the feed on your site (the site used when submitting your comment): https://aarondkey.wordpress.com/feed/. The feed includes all published posts.

  14. John John

    Hello Ben,
    Thank you for your post. I noticed recently that our feed link which was already redirected to feedburner is not working. We are getting ‘account suspended’ message and am not sure how we got here. I have tried all methods of resolving the error but I can’t figure out how

    • Ben Sibley Ben Sibley

      I am redirected to the working feedburner page when I visit your site /feed.

  15. qumay qumay

    im try to find my rss feed url and i leaarn to find it with this helpful article

  16. Neha Neha

    Great post thanks for sharing

  17. Michael Sasges Michael Sasges

    I know I am almost there . . . I have put what I believe is the proper RSS feed for my new blog on my Amazon author’s page. But when I fire up the link, I go to a page of gibberish. Help, with thanks, mike

    • Ben Sibley Ben Sibley

      When you visit the RSS feed, you’re going to see an XML file which may look like a bunch of gibberish. The RSS feed itself is not meant to be viewed directly by people – that’s what your site’s blog page is for. Rather, the RSS feed is a formatted XML file that other software monitors to know if you’ve published a new post. The structure of the file allows feed readers to extract the title and post excerpts and display them how they want.

  18. Sven Sven

    Hi! Our Posts in the Blog are restricted to read by logged in users. is there a way to give them a rss feed too? (can i add the information somewhere in the url?)

    • Ben Sibley Ben Sibley

      It depends on how the posts have been restricted. This is not a core WordPress feature so you should check with the plugin being used to restrict the posts.

  19. James Early James Early

    If I have a blog and a podcast on my WordPress site and they each have their own category of “blog” and “podcast,” How do I get different feeds for those two pages? I tried http://www.thebiblespeakstoyou.com/blog/feed and http://www.thebiblespeakstoyou.com/podcast/feed, but got a message: “The XML file KRkseB.RSS cannot be opened because there is no avabilable view (XSLT). Unidentified error. Location: line 7, column: 2”

    I also tried the above with “/category” added after blog and podcast as in your example but got the same error message.

    I need this so my AWeber subscription lists don’t get mixed up and people get something they didn’t sign up for. I don’t want blog readers to get the post for the podcast show-notes page when I post it. And I don’t want the podcast subscribers to get my blog posts when I post the show-notes page.

    • Ben Sibley Ben Sibley

      Hi James,

      The syntax for your URLs isn’t quite right. The word “category” itself needs to be included too. This URL works for your blog category feed: https://thebiblespeakstoyou.com/category/blog/feed/

      • James Early James Early

        Ben,
        I still get an error message very similar to the one above when I used your format.

        • Ben Sibley Ben Sibley

          Not sure why you’d get an error message as the link I shared leads to a perfectly valid RSS feed. Could be a bug with Aweber if that’s where you’re seeing the error message. The podcast feed may not work yet because there are 0 entries as of now.

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