Troubleshooting & How-Tos 📡 🔍

Finding Fediverse Feeds

All of these platforms can talk to each other via ActivityPub (or at least try to), but sometimes you want to hook up a public stream to another application – maybe to read on your own feed reader like NetNewsWire or Feedly or Thunderbird, maybe to drive an action through IFTTT or Zapier. Fortunately, most Fediverse platforms do feature an RSS or Atom feed for public posts!

But it’s not always easy to find the feed URL, which is why I made this list.

Categories

General / Microblogging

Mastodon

Add .rss to the profile URL. Or to the hashtag search URL.

https://mastodon.example/@UserName.rss
https://mastodon.example/tags/HashTag.rss
https://mastodon.example/@UserName/tagged/HashTag.rss

Not visible or auto-discoverable.
Text only, title is excerpt.

Akkoma

Add .atom to the profile URL.

https://akkoma.example/users/UserName/feed.atom

Visible link and auto-discoverable.

Friendica

Friendica offers several Atom feeds depending on which type of activity you want to follow.

https://friendica.example/dfrn_poll/UserName
https://friendica.example/feed/UserName/
https://friendica.example/feed/UserName/comments
https://friendica.example/feed/UserName/activity

Visible link and auto-discoverable.

GNU Social

https://gnusocial.example/api/statuses/user_timeline/1234.rss
https://gnusocial.example/api/statuses/user_timeline/1234.atom

It uses the numeric ID, but the links are on the profile page.

Visible link and auto-discoverable.

GoToSocial

Add /feed.rss to the blog or user profile.
Text only, title is excerpt.

https://gotosocial.example/@UserName/feed.rss

Can be enabled/disabled by each user.
Visible link, not auto-discoverable (yet!)*

Hubzilla

https://hubzilla.example/feed/UserName

Auto-discoverable, no visible link.

Snac2

Add .rss to the profile URL.

https://snac2.example/UserName.rss

Visible link and auto-discoverable.
Title is excerpt.

Takahē

Add /rss/ to the profile URL.

https://takahe.example/@UserName@takahe.example/rss/

Auto-discoverable, no visible link.
Text-only, title is username and post ID.

Misskey / FoundKey / Calckey

Add .rss to the profile URL.

https://misskey.example/@UserName.rss

Not visible or auto-discoverable.
Title is “New ___ by UserName”

Pleroma

Add /feed.atom to the profile URL.

https://pleroma.example/users/UserName/feed.atom

Auto-discoverable, no visible link.

Long-Form Blogging

Plume

Plume is a blogging platform where users can write for multiple blogs, and blogs can have more than one author – and you can subscribe to either.

Add /atom.xml to the blog or user profile.

https://plume.example/~/BlogName/atom.xml
https://plume.example/~/UserName/atom.xml

Visible link and auto-discoverable.

WriteFreely / Write.as

A blogging platform and service.

Add /feed/ to the user profile URL.

https://writefreely.example/UserName/feed/

Visible link and auto-discoverable.

Other

Bookwyrm (Book Reviews)

Bookwyrm is a book review, discussion and reading list site similar to Goodreads.

Add /rss to the profile URL.

https://bookwyrm.example/user/UserName/rss

Visible, not auto-discoverable (yet!)*
Title: User name and description of activity (finished reading X, replied to Y, reviewed Z, etc.)

Funkwhale (Music)

TODO add example URL

Visible link, not sure if auto-discoverable.

Lemmy (Discussion Forum)

Lemmy is similar to Reddit, and you can subscribe to both communities and individual users. You can even prioritize your feed by New, Active, etc. – just change the sort on the web page before you copy the RSS link!

https://lemmy.example/feeds/c/CommunityName.xml?sort=New
https://lemmy.example/feeds/u/UserName.xml?sort=New

Visible link and auto-discoverable.
Title is original post title.

PeerTube (Video)

Video sharing platform similar to YouTube.

https://peertube.example/feeds/videos.xml?videoChannelId=1234
https://peertube.example/feeds/videos.atom?videoChannelId=1234
https://peertube.example/feeds/videos.json?videoChannelId=1234

On one hand, you need to get the numeric ID of the channel. On the other hand, the feed links are on the channel’s web page.

Visible link, not auto-discoverable.

Pixelfed (Photos)

Photo sharing platform similar to Instagram.

https://pixelfed.example/users/UserName.atom

Visible (in ··· or ⚙️ menu, depending on which UI)
Auto-discoverable (logged-out view only).
Images loaded remotely, title is full text of post.


There are a zillion others out there. If you have one you’d like to add to this list, feel free to reply to the Mastodon post or email me at the address in the footer.