+10  Q: 

ASP.Net RSS feed

How do I create an rss feed in ASP.Net? Is there anything built in to support it? If not, what third-party tools are available?

I'm thinking webforms, not MVC, though I suppose since this isn't a traditional page the difference may be minimal.

+4  A: 

Here's an RSS framework created by a Microsoft developer: ASP.NET RSS Toolkit

John Calsbeek
+6  A: 

For built-in, there's nothing stopping you from using XmlDocument or XDocument (3.5) to build up the required XML for RSS. It's more work than it's worth though.

I use the Argotic Syndication Framework and serve the feeds through Generic Handlers (.ashx) with the content type set to text/xml.

The RSSToolkit is also nice. It comes with an RSSDataSource control if you're into that sort of thing. It also includes a control that will automatically insert the meta tag required for feed autodiscovery in browsers. I found the build provider for creating feeds to be a little kludgey however.

John Sheehan
+2  A: 

Use one of the libraries available for generating the actual RSS. For example:

If you check the code examples page at the bottom: you will find the code for clearing the content type in an Page and outputting the RSS.

Something along the lines of (not tested, not compiled, just typed):

public void PageLoad()

// create channel
RssChannel _soChannel = new RssChannel();

// create item
RssItem _soItem = new RssItem();
_soItem.Title = "Answer";
_soItem.Description = "Example";
_soItem.PubDate = DateTime.Now.ToUniversalTime();

// add to channel

// set channel props
_soChannel.Title = "Stack Overflow";
_soChannel.Description = "Great site.. jada jada jada";
_soChannel.LastBuildDate = DateTime.Now.ToUniversalTime();

// change type and send to output
RssFeed _f = new RssFeed();
Response.ContentType = "text/xml";


Hope that helps.


While investigating my own question, I found this article very helpful.

Joel Coehoorn
+2  A: 

You could take a look at Argotic. It is a really cool framework.

Tom Alderman
+8  A: 

The .NET Framework 3.5 has added a SyndicationFeed Class which allows you to create and/or consume feeds in Atom 1.0 and RSS 2.0 formats.

SyndicationFeeds Class on MSDN


Here's a great tutorial, aptly titled "How to create a syndication feed for your website"


Create an HTTP Handler to create a RSS feed

+1  A: 

Take a look at some code I gave in another question, here in SO.