I need to add some code to my RSS feeds, so I am searching for the RSS Feed .php file so I can add my code. Any help in finding this template file would be greatly appreciated.

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To add some tags to the rss2 feed you may use the 3 action hooks that can be found in the wp-includes/feed-rss2.php

rss2_ns : to add a specific namespace

rss2_head : to add tags in the feed header

rss2_item : to add tags in each feed items

For example, let's assume you want to add a copyright in your feed's header using the dublin core vocabulary :

function my_rss2_head(){
    echo '<dc:rights>&copy; '.bloginfo_rss('name').'</dc:rights>'.PHP_EOL;
add_action( 'rss2_head', 'my_rss2_head');

Feed templates are in wp-includes folder, files starting with feed-. As rest of the WordPress core they are not supposed to be modified.

You will need to:

  1. Determine type of feed you want to modify (usually default RSS 2.0 one).
  2. Unhook native function that loads feed template, for example remove_action('do_feed_rss2','do_feed_rss2');
  3. Create your own feed template.
  4. Create and hook your own function that will load your template, by analogue with do_feed_rss2() ( source ).

Alternatively you can use some specific hooks in feed template to add what you want.


As per Otto's comment steps 2 and 4 can be simplified using add_feed() function ( source ).

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    A fine answer, but I'd recommend using the add_feed function instead. You can use it to replace a feed as well as add new ones.
    – Otto
    Commented Feb 3, 2011 at 8:02
  • @Otto thanks for hint, looked at source and that would be much less cluttered to use indeed
    – Rarst
    Commented Feb 3, 2011 at 8:18
  • let's say I edit the feed-rss2.php to change some feature in the presented content. How to apply the configurations? I am not seeing any change in the output
    – Makan
    Commented Dec 26, 2016 at 22:25

Here's a quick guide: http://codex.wordpress.org/Customizing_Feeds

  • Some of the stuff in that article is verrrry old (as per warnings). I'd not rely on it without double checking with other materials and/or source code.
    – Rarst
    Commented Feb 2, 2011 at 20:01

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