I'd like to customize my WordPress blog in such a way that it is no more possible to access the comments feed.

Other feeds should still be available, and it should still be possible to add comments to any article.

I tried to find a plugin to do this, but what I found is a all or nothing feature, without the possibility to finely adjust which feeds are allowed and which are not.

  • Just want to add a reasoning for this: Having them enabled means that scrapers like Google/Bing/Yandex/etc. are constantly querying for both every article on my site (hundreds of thousands) AND their /feed/ URLs. This is a huge burden on the server and a huge waste of resources to serve these files which are almost ever relevant and unlikely to be used meaningfully but readers (who can subscribe by email if they want to). – jerclarke Mar 5 at 16:45
  • Related: How to disable the comments feed entirely with wp_die(): wordpress.stackexchange.com/questions/45941/… – jerclarke Mar 21 at 0:56
function remove_comment_feeds( $for_comments ){
    if( $for_comments ){
        remove_action( 'do_feed_rss2', 'do_feed_rss2', 10, 1 );
        remove_action( 'do_feed_atom', 'do_feed_atom', 10, 1 );
add_action( 'do_feed_rss2', 'remove_comment_feeds', 9, 1 );
add_action( 'do_feed_atom', 'remove_comment_feeds', 9, 1 );
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  • Am I missing something? How/where does $for_comments get defined? – Pat J Dec 11 '13 at 21:01
  • This is the original callback - do_action( $hook, $wp_query->is_comment_feed ), where it serve the variable $comments in the hooked function. – Shazzad Dec 11 '13 at 21:04
  • Yeah, I just read the snippet on the Action Reference page under do_feed_$feed: Action function argument: true (the feed is for comments) or false (it is for posts). – Pat J Dec 11 '13 at 21:05
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    active themes functions.php file, or in an active plugin file. – Shazzad Dec 11 '13 at 21:09
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    This isn't good. /feed still returns 200OK and the link to /feed still shows up on the post source. – Michael Rogers Dec 22 '19 at 1:41

As mentioned by @glueckpress, Since 4.4 you can use the feed_links_show_comments_feed filter.

Example (in your theme functions.php file) :

add_action( 'after_setup_theme', 'head_cleanup' );

function head_cleanup(){

    // Add default posts and comments RSS feed links to head.
    add_theme_support( 'automatic-feed-links' );

    // disable comments feed
    add_filter( 'feed_links_show_comments_feed', '__return_false' ); 

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    Note that there's also the core __return_false() function available. – birgire Feb 25 '16 at 0:04
  • No effect whatsoever. – Michael Rogers Dec 22 '19 at 1:42
  • This worked for me to do the following: Hide the site.com/comments feed from being inserted into the header. It didn't hide the individual-post comments feeds that were in the header (site.com/posturl/comments/) in case that's what anyone was expecting (it's what I was looking for). – jerclarke Mar 21 at 0:02
  • Related: How to disable the comments feed entirely with wp_die(): wordpress.stackexchange.com/questions/45941/… – jerclarke Mar 21 at 0:56

@Shazzad’s approach seems to not work when current_theme_supports( 'automatic-feed-links' ), because up to 4.3 WordPress seems to be pretty ego about feed links. You would have to remove_action( 'wp_head', 'feed_links', 2 ) hard and add your own function printing only the link for post feeds.

However, from 4.4 this seems to get easier with a brand-new filter: feed_links_show_posts_feed.

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