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Saturday, March 28, 2009

Generate RSS Feed with PHP.

This post explains how to create RSS feed for web projects with PHP. It's simple code just you have to include the basic RSS stucture in while loop.




Basic structure of RSS feed.
<?xml version='1.0' encoding='UTF-8'?>
<rss version='2.0'>
<channel>

<title>Website Title </title>
<link>Website URL</link>
<description>Website description</description>
<language>en-us</language>

<item>
<title>Item/Article Title</title>
<link>Item/Article URL </link>
<description>Items/Article description </description>
</item>

</channel>
</rss>

Sample Database Table.
CREATE TABLE site_data
(
id INT NOT NULL AUTO_INCREMENT PRIMARY KEY,
title VARCHAR(250),
link VARCHAR(250),
description TEXT
);

rss.php
Code contains PHP and XML RSS basic structure tags. So your feed link http://domain.com/rss.php.
<?php
include('db.php');
$sql = "SELECT * FROM site_data ORDER BY id DESC LIMIT 20";
$query = mysql_query($sql) or die(mysql_error());

header("Content-type: text/xml");

echo "<?xml version='1.0' encoding='UTF-8'?>
<rss version='2.0'>
<channel>
<title>9lessons | Programming Blog </title>
<link>http://9lessons.info</link>
<description>Programming Blog </description>
<language>en-us</language>";

while($row = mysql_fetch_array($query))
{
$title=$row['title'];
$link=$row['link'];
$description=$row['description'];

echo "<item>
<title>$title</title>
<link>$link</link>
<description>$description</description>
</item>";
}
echo "</channel></rss>";
?>

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26 comments:

  1. I forgot exactly how, but you can also have PHP change the document header to xml instead of whatever the default is. This is useful when you want an rss reader to detect that a file is xml instead of html.

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  2. Generating XML in this way is an awful idea. There's XML libraries for a reason.
    You're not doing an escaping either.

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  3. I agree with Ian, you need to escape your title and description of each item. You can use htmlentities or htmlspecialchars for that.

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  4. hi ,
    This gives me a warning Error headers cannot modify ........

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  5. i have a problem with tamil feed generation. Please can you help me?

    nelamurugan@gmail.com

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  6. tamada bujji really nice demos ....ramesh & ravi

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  7. you can add rss+xml to display the data as rss feed as below:-
    @header("Content-type: text/rss+xml");

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  8. this works..but nit teh best way :P

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  9. Is it allowed to use another encoding in rss feed instead of utf-8?

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  10. i have a problem with create pubdate.
    Which should I use on a table? date or datetime? and how to use UTC?
    thanks before...

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  11. i want to create a rss for job finding,, how can i create it.. plz any body tell me.........

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  12. i have a problem...

    i want to create a rss feed for an job finding website,, how can i create it,,,
    plz any tell me................

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  13. Please tell me the how to display image in it

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  14. very nice i recently made this in my website !!

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  15. is it possible to create rss feed without Mysql?

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  16. thanks a lot!!!!!!!!!!
    Any one help me? where I found blog site feed link?

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  17. header("Content-Type: application/rss+xml; charset=utf-8");

    use this code to header:

    Insert the code in top of the page and then loop your data.

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  19. Thanks for the tip my friends ^_^

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  20. Please tell me the how to display image in it

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