Add items to an RSS feed in a Zap

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RSS by Zapier allows you to trigger off new RSS feed items as well as add items to your own RSS feed. An RSS (really simple syndication) feed is a clean way of getting the content from a frequently updated source, such as a blog, or news site with just the key information.

Limitations with RSS by Zapier

  • When using the Action "Create Item in Feed" Zapier can only handle about 10kb of data. If your data exceeds the 10kb limit, the task will error out. We've added a field to control what should happen in this case, you can set it to automatically truncate the data, or not truncate it and instead throw an error and stop the Zap.
  • There currently isn't a way to edit your RSS feed and remove items, if you want to start with a fresh feed, simply change the feed URL. Also note that old entries will clear out if no items are added for 2 weeks.
  • We only store the most recent 50 items in the feed. Also, all items are removed if no new items are added for 14 days.
  • Unfortunately, Craigslist blocks connections to their RSS feed from servers like the ones that Zapier uses, so we won't be able to access Craigslist RSS feeds in a zap.
  • Only letters, numbers, and hyphens will be accepted in the URL field. Spaces and other characters need to be removed.

Adding enclosures to RSS items

When setting up a Zap, the editor provides fields for "Media URL", "Media MIME Type", and "Media Length." Under the hood, these are actually used to create an enclosure, so if you want to provide a link to other media types besides audio files or images, you can use those three fields to do so.

1. Add an RSS step to your Zap

2. Customize your own Zapier RSS feed URL

You’ll be able to use a unique combination of letters, numbers, and hyphens to customize your private RSS URL.

Customize your Zapier feed URL

3. Customize the items in your RSS Feed

  • Next, customize the details of the item that will be added to your RSS feed when the Zap is triggered (e.g., Item Title, Source URL, Content).
  • Click Continue.
  • In the Test Your Connection section, click Send Test to RSS by Zapier. This will create a new RSS feed item with the sample data from your trigger.

Customize your RSS content

Once you’ve set your RSS feed up, you’re ready to continue setting up the rest of your Zap.

More Information

Looking for inspiration as to how to use RSS feed, here are 10 Things You Had No Idea RSS Could Do.

To read more about how to filter, combine and customize your RSS feeds, check out our blog post here.

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