How to create an RSS Feed for Joomla - Obtain the URL

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How to create an RSS Feed for Joomla
Create a section and category for your feed
Obtain the URL of your RSS Feed
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3. Obtain the URL of your RSS Feed

Now you have to obtain the URL of your RSS Feed. In order to do that you have to create a menu item that will point to the category you created before.

  • Now go to the "Menus" menu and click on a menu module, in our example "Main Menu".
    Screenshot: Menu Manager
  • In our example you have to create a new menu item in the "Main Menu", by clicking on "New" on the upper right corner of the screen.
    Screenshot: Create new menu item
  • After that you have to choose a menu item type of either "Category Blog Layout" or "Category List Layout". Any of those would do just fine.
    Screenshot: Create new menu item of Category Blog or Category List Layout type
  • Then on the next screen with the category's layout parameters, on the right hand side, select the category you created before for your news RSS Feed; in our example "MyNews/News Feed".
    Screenshot: Menu item parameters
  • On the left hand side you may enter the following details:
    1. A title for the menu item, in our example "My News Feed".
    2. An alias for the menu item, in our example "news-feed" (important if you use SEO!).
    3. Click on "No" so the menu item doesn't get published, unless you want the category containing your news Feed to be displayed on your website.
    Screenshot: Menu item details
  • Last click on "Apply" on the upper right corner.
    Screenshot: Apply nenu item changes
  • After clicking on "Apply", on the left hand side under the "Menu Item Details" and next to the "Link" you can see the URL to the category list/blog. Select the URL with your mouse and copy it; we're going to need this right away.
    Screenshot: Copy menu item link
  • Now let's see how your RSS Feed looks like! Paste the URL you just copied into the address bar of your browser. In our example the URL is: index.php?option=com_content&view=category&id=34.
    Screenshot: Paste menu item link in browser address bar
  • Now in front of the URL add Joomla's root address, here:; and finally at the end of the URL add this: &format=feed&type=rss. So this the whole URL of your Feed and you should take note of it, because you will need it soon. Now press enter and you must be seeing your news RSS Feed in your favourite browser.
    Screenshot: Full RSS Feed link

If you want to change the maximum number of articles which will be shown in the Feed, do the following: go to Joomla's administration control panel and click on "Global Configuration"; then on the first tab called "Site" and under "Site Settings" choose from the list "Feed length" the number of articles to show in your Feed(s).


#40 Oliver Spaether 2016-05-13 19:29

Many thanks for the advise. I'm working on Joomla 3.5.1 and the page is looks good but I can't get Joomla to desist from linking 'volunteers and members' to the rss feed on the page, really annoying. I've tried for hours there's no function to change the Menu Item type although the instruction refers to such an option,

Details (Menu Item Type: The type of link: Component, URL, Alias, Separator, or Heading)

I don't care if the page has no menu item displayed or one linking to '#' or one without a link, but not with a link to the rss feeder itself, that's not wanted of course.

Does one of you have experience with this and what do you recomment to do, that'd be awesome.

Wishing you all the best for the year.
Many thanks
#39 Stacey 2015-09-09 17:30
Thank you so much for this tutorial! I am so glad to find instructions on how to find the URL for my RSS feed without having to install additional extensions!
#38 Chanel Online Outlet 2012-05-15 09:24
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#37 Murshid 2012-04-09 18:34
Tons of Thanks for this tutorial..

#36 Zukidaru Ru 2012-03-24 05:31
Hi, thanks for this tips, but when I have submited my RSS Feed on FoodBurner, its link is refused. Now how does i do???

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#35 justin 2012-01-15 02:17
Thanks so much for this guide - I know how long those things take to produce! Much appreciated:) Works a treat (Joomla 1.5) So hard finding out about this stuff sometimes, so refreshing to find it explained so clearly. You're a star!
#34 Kanna Sreenivas 2011-10-05 14:41
I tried this and the traditional way..
but the feed link shows error from feed burner that its not a valid xml, and when i paste the feed link obrained from Joomla, I t downloads an index.php file and not able to see feed
#33 David E. Narváez 2011-10-03 05:13
Thanks, if I had read this a couple of weeks before I'd be well ahead of schedule now :)
#32 Mick 2011-09-05 16:22
Great, been looking for a manual way for a feed and I think this is the answer
#31 amirulfaiz 2011-08-10 03:49
Really great tip here. Thank you very much. :D

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