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What is getFeed?

A simple snippet to retrieve an RSS feed and iterate the feed items using a Chunk.


  • MODX Revolution 2.0.0-RC-2 or later
  • PHP5 or later


getFeed was written by Jason Coward as a simple feed reading component, and first released on June 11th, 2010.


It can be downloaded from within the MODX Revolution manager via Package Management, or from the MODX Extras Repository, here: https://modx.com/extras/package/getfeed

Development and Bug Reporting

getFeed is stored and developed in GitHub, and can be found here:http://github.com/splittingred/getFeed

Bugs can be filed here: http://github.com/splittingred/getFeed/issues


getFeed is used by placing the Snippet call into your content and passing a 'url' parameter:

[[!getFeed? &url=`http://path.com/to/my/rss.feed.rss`]]

Available Properties

Name Description Default
url URL of the feed to retrieve.
tpl Name of a chunk to serve as an item tpl. If blank, will output the placeholders as arrays.
limit Limit the number of items to return; 0 is no limit. 0
offset The zero-based index of the item to start at in the feed results. 0
totalVar The name of a placeholder where the total number of items in the feed is stored. For getPage compatibility. total
toPlaceholder If set, will set the output to this placeholder name. If not set, will output directly the results.

Chunk Placeholders

Since different feeds return different placeholders, what is best to get the placeholders available is to pass getFeed without a 'tpl' parameter. This will then show you an array of fields and their values. Their 'indexes', or the key of each array item, can be used in a placeholder.

Some common placeholders are:

  • title - The title of the post.
  • link - A direct link to the post.
  • description - The description of the post.
  • pubdate - The date the post was published.
  • guid - The GUID of the post.
  • author - The name of the author of the post.
  • category - Any tags or category associations the post has.
  • summary - A short summary of the post.
  • date_timestamp - The timestamp of the post.