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RSS Templates
RSS Templates
Hugo ships with its own RSS 2.0 template that requires almost no configuration, or you can create your own RSS templates.
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RSS Template Lookup Order

See Template Lookup Order for the complete reference.

{{% note "Hugo Ships with an RSS Template" %}} Hugo ships with its own RSS 2.0 template. The embedded template will be sufficient for most use cases. {{% /note %}}

RSS pages are of the type Page and have all the page variables available to use in the templates.

Section RSS

A section’s RSS will be rendered at /<SECTION>/index.xml (e.g.,

Hugo provides the ability for you to define any RSS type you wish and can have different RSS files for each section and taxonomy.

Lookup Order for RSS Templates

The table below shows the RSS template lookup order for the different page kinds. The first listing shows the lookup order when running with a theme (demoTheme).

{{< datatable-filtered "output" "layouts" "OutputFormat == RSS" "Example" "OutputFormat" "Suffix" "Template Lookup Order" >}}

Configure RSS

By default, Hugo will create an unlimited number of RSS entries. You can limit the number of articles included in the built-in RSS templates by assigning a numeric value to rssLimit: field in your project's config file.

The following values will also be included in the RSS output if specified in your site’s configuration:

languageCode = "en-us"
copyright = "This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License."

    name = "My Name Here"

The Embedded rss.xml

This is the default RSS template that ships with Hugo. It adheres to the RSS 2.0 Specification.

{{ printf "<?xml version=\"1.0\" encoding=\"utf-8\" standalone=\"yes\" ?>" | safeHTML }}
<rss version="2.0" xmlns:atom="">
    <title>{{ if eq  .Title  .Site.Title }}{{ .Site.Title }}{{ else }}{{ with .Title }}{{.}} on {{ end }}{{ .Site.Title }}{{ end }}</title>
    <link>{{ .Permalink }}</link>
    <description>Recent content {{ if ne  .Title  .Site.Title }}{{ with .Title }}in {{.}} {{ end }}{{ end }}on {{ .Site.Title }}</description>
    <generator>Hugo --</generator>{{ with .Site.LanguageCode }}
    <language>{{.}}</language>{{end}}{{ with }}
    <managingEditor>{{.}}{{ with $ }} ({{.}}){{end}}</managingEditor>{{end}}{{ with }}
    <webMaster>{{.}}{{ with $ }} ({{.}}){{end}}</webMaster>{{end}}{{ with .Site.Copyright }}
    <copyright>{{.}}</copyright>{{end}}{{ if not .Date.IsZero }}
    <lastBuildDate>{{ .Date.Format "Mon, 02 Jan 2006 15:04:05 -0700" | safeHTML }}</lastBuildDate>{{ end }}
    {{ with .OutputFormats.Get "RSS" }}
        {{ printf "<atom:link href=%q rel=\"self\" type=%q />" .Permalink .MediaType | safeHTML }}
    {{ end }}
    {{ range .Pages }}
      <title>{{ .Title }}</title>
      <link>{{ .Permalink }}</link>
      <pubDate>{{ .Date.Format "Mon, 02 Jan 2006 15:04:05 -0700" | safeHTML }}</pubDate>
      {{ with }}<author>{{.}}{{ with $ }} ({{.}}){{end}}</author>{{end}}
      <guid>{{ .Permalink }}</guid>
      <description>{{ .Summary | html }}</description>
    {{ end }}

Reference your RSS Feed in <head>

In your header.html template, you can specify your RSS feed in your <head></head> tag using Hugo's Output Formats like this:

{{ range .AlternativeOutputFormats -}}
    {{ printf `<link rel="%s" type="%s" href="%s" title="%s" />` .Rel .MediaType.Type .Permalink $.Site.Title | safeHTML }}
{{ end -}}

If you only want the RSS link, you can query the formats:

{{ with .OutputFormats.Get "rss" -}}
    {{ printf `<link rel="%s" type="%s" href="%s" title="%s" />` .Rel .MediaType.Type .Permalink $.Site.Title | safeHTML }}
{{ end -}}

Either of the two snippets above will generate the below link tag on the site homepage for RSS output:

<link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" href="" title="Site Title">

We are assuming BaseURL to be and $.Site.Title to be "Site Title" in this example.

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