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hexo-feed is a plugin for Hexo static site generator that builds RSS, Atom and JSON Feed for your content.

  • Supports most popular formats: RSS, Atom and JSON Feed.
  • Lightweight and fast.
  • Customizable. You can choose which formats to use, how many posts should be included in the feed, ordering and more.
  • Generates feeds by tags and categories. It is possible to generate feed not only for the whole website content but also for every tag/category.
  • Support for custom templates. If you are unhappy with the default template for some of the format, you can specify your own template and build there exactly what you want.

How it works

  1. The plugin registers a few generators that run once you build your website.
  2. Every generator analyzes your website content (posts, tags, categories) and prepares the data.
  3. Based on the content the plugin generates the feed with default (or custom) template.
  4. Once the website is published user can grab the feed.


  • Hexo: 4.x
  • Node 12+


  1. Install the plugin using npm:
$ npm install hexo-feed --save-dev
  1. Once the plugin is installed it is enabled by default. So you can build your website with Hexo and see the result. By default, the following feed files will be created: rss.xml, atom.xml, and feed.json.
  2. Add custom configuration to the Hexo config file if you want to customize the plugin behavior.
  3. Publish your website and enjoy your feed 🎉.


To configure the plugin add feed key to the Hexo config file. For example:

    limit: 20
    order_by: "-date"
    tag_dir: "tag"
    category_dir: "category"
        enable: true
        template: "themes/theme/layout/_alternate/rss.ejs"
        output: "rss.xml"
        enable: true
        template: "themes/theme/layout/_alternate/atom.ejs"
        output: "atom.xml"
        enable: true
        template: "themes/theme/layout/_alternate/json.ejs"
        output: "feed.json"
Key Required Default value Description
limit false 0 Post count that will be presented in the feed. Use 0 to publish all posts to the feed.
order_by false -date Sorting order for the posts.
tag_dir false tag Directory name to publish all tag-related feeds. Set false to avoid generating feeds by tag. For more information see below.
category_dir false category Directory name to publish all category-related feeds. Set false to avoid generating feeds by category. For more information see below.
rss.enable false true Enable/disable RSS feed generating.
rss.template false Path to custom template for the RSS feed.
rss.output false rss.xml Output filename for RSS feed.
atom.enable false true Enable/disable ATOM feed generating.
atom.template false Path to custom template for the ATOM feed.
atom.output false atom.xml Output filename for ATOM feed.
jsonFeed.enable false true Enable/disable JSON feed generating.
jsonFeed.template false Path to custom template for the JSON feed.
jsonFeed.output false feed.json Output filename for JSON feed.

Adding link to your feed into the website layout

It's strongly recommended to include links to your feeds into the head section of your website pages. So, once you installed the plugin add the following code into your layout.ejs file:


    <!-- ... -->

    <link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" title="<%= config.title %>" href="<%= full_url_for(`/rss.xml}`) %>" />
    <link rel="alternate" type="application/atom+xml" title="<%= config.title %>" href="<%= full_url_for(`/atom.xml`) %>" />
    <link rel="alternate" type="application/json" title="<%= config.title %>" href="<%= full_url_for(`/feed.json`) %>" />

    <!-- ... -->


The plugin intentionally doesn't change the <head> section content. It allows you to customize the tag in the way you want.

Tags/categories support

hexo-feed supports generating separated feeds for every tag and category. It allows your users to subscribe to a particular tag or category instead of all posts on the website.

Generating feeds for tags and categories is enabled by default. If you want to disable it set tag_dir and category_dir parameter to false.

Important notice. hexo-generator-tag and hexo-generator-category packages should be installed in order to generate tag/category feeds.

Template customization

If you want to customize the feed template, specify the template path in rss.template, atom.template or jsonFeed.template parameter. You can use default templates from hexo-feed as a reference:


RSS, Atom and JSON Feed generator for Hexo static site generator








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