Add RSS Feeds to your SharePoint site

Really Simple Syndication (RSS) is a widely used technology for transmitting information across the Internet and intranets. Many Web sites offer RSS Feeds you can subscribe to so you can get the latest information from the source automatically.

You can also subscribe to RSS Feeds from SharePoint libraries, lists, and other elements, so you can see when someone adds a document or changes a list item, for example.

You can use an RSS Viewer Web Part to display an RSS Feed on a SharePoint site. RSS Feeds and the RSS Viewer Web Part provide you with a convenient way to view information from many sources on a single page. For example, by adding RSS Viewer Web Parts to your My Site page, you can view RSS Feeds from external sites that provide information such as news and weather reports. You can also keep track of changes in libraries, calendars, and lists on other SharePoint sites.

This article will show you how to add and configure an RSS Viewer Web Part to a page.

You need to do two things to add and configure an RSS Viewer Web Part:

Obtain the URL for the RSS Feed

There are two ways to get the URL for your RSS Feed, depending on whether the feed is coming from another Web site or from a location on a SharePoint site.

Obtain the URL for an Internet RSS Feed

  1. Go to the Web site for which you want to add an RSS Feed.

  2. On the page or on the Internet Explorer toolbar, click the RSS logo.

    The RSS Feed appears in the browser.

  3. Right-click the Subscribe to this feed link, and then click Properties.

  4. Copy the Address (URL). Be sure to copy the entire address.

    Tip: Paste this address into Notepad or a blank document so that you can easily access it when you are configuring the RSS Viewer Web Part.

    RSS feed properties dialog box

Obtain the URL for an RSS Feed from a SharePoint Web Part

  1. Open the SharePoint Web Part from which you want to set up an RSS Feed.

  2. On the Actions menu, click View RSS Feed.

    SharePoint site Actions menu showing View RSS Feed selection

  3. Click View feed properties.

    RSS feed information box showing View feed properties link

  4. In the Properties dialog box, copy the Address field. Make sure you copy the entire address.

  5. Paste this address into Notepad for the time being.

Add and configure the RSS Viewer Web Part

Add and configure an RSS Viewer Web Part

  1. Go to the Web Part page or site to which you want to add an RSS Viewer Web Part.

  2. On the Site Actions menu, click Edit Page.

    Note: If you do not see the Site Actions menu or the Edit Page command, you might not have sufficient permissions to add a Web Part to a page.

  3. In a Web Part zone, click Add a Web Part.

  4. In the Add Web Parts dialog box, find the RSS Viewer. Select the RSS Viewer check box, then click Add.

    Add Web Parts dialog box showing RSS Viewer selection

  5. In the RSS Viewer Web Part, click the Open the tool pane link.

    RSS Viewer Web Part showing the Open the tool pane link

  6. In the RSS Viewer tool pane, paste the URL for the RSS Feed into the RSS Feed URL box.

    RSS Viewer tool pane

  7. In the Feed Limit box, specify the number of items you want the viewer to display at one time.

  8. Modify other Web Part properties if necessary.

  9. When you are finished, click OK.

    The RSS Feed is displayed in the Web Part.

Find links to more information about RSS and using RSS Feeds in the See Also section.

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