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How To Create Your Custom Reddit RSS Feed

Even though I knew about Reddit for as long as I knew about Digg, I never really used it for a longer period of time. This changed recently when I started to use my account more actively. I personally like two things the most, next to a big list of smaller things. Reddit first and foremost is one of the few destinations on the Internet that keeps you up to date on things that you are interested in. It is either the first site to know, or among the first to post a link to the original source where it all began.

The second is the community that powers the site. It is the comments that can give you additional insight and perspectives, that may mention alternatives or other information that improve the original story.

Reddit on the other hand is not the easiest site to use, especially its customization options require some explaining. When I first joined Reddit I tried to find public RSS feed links for categories, but could not find any that were working properly.

I then noticed that each Reddit account had its own private and customizable RSS news feed. These private news feed are accessible on the preferences page.

reddit private rss feeds

If you have already customized your frontpage, you can simply right-click on the RSS or JSON buttons and select the copy link option from the context menu to import it into your RSS feed reader of choice.

If you have not done that already, you need to click on the Edit link in the top nav bar first to customize the selection. All Reddit sections that you are subscribed to are listed in the right sidebar of the screen. You can simply click on an unsubscribe link there to remove a section from the feed. You can also add sections again by scrolling down the page and clicking on the subscribe buttons next to each section.

Please note that your private feed gets automatically updated if you are adding new sections to your frontpage.

reddit subscribe

You can only subscribe to groups here, and not subgroups. For that, you need to click on one of the listed subgroups on the page, and click on the subscribe link on the new page to add it to your frontpage (and thus your private RSS feed). This is useful if you are only interested in a specific subgroup.

Lets paraphrase again:

There does not seem to be an option to only subscribe to the top stories of a particular group. If you subscribe, you get all stories that are posted there.

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Comments

  1. LTNGNX said on February 7, 2012 at 4:33 am
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    Great tip. Been looking for a RSS on Reddit forever…Thanks…

  2. John said on March 28, 2012 at 2:57 am
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    Hey getting RSS feeds for any subreddit is pretty easy – just add .rss to the end of any URL. e.g. to get RSS feeds from the webdev subreddit simply access: http://www.reddit.com/r/webdev.rss

    1. Mark Rafter said on August 2, 2012 at 12:46 pm
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      Thanks a bunch. (John)
      Works great.

      Mark

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