4.6.x node.module node_feed($nodes = 0, $channel = array())
4.7.x node.module node_feed($nodes = 0, $channel = array())
5.x node.module node_feed($nodes = 0, $channel = array())
6.x node.module node_feed($nids = FALSE, $channel = array())
7.x node.module node_feed($nids = FALSE, $channel = array())

A generic function for generating RSS feeds from a set of nodes.


$nids: An array of node IDs (nid). Defaults to FALSE so empty feeds can be generated with passing an empty array, if no items are to be added to the feed.

$channel: An associative array containing title, link, description and other keys. The link should be an absolute URL.

3 calls to node_feed()
blog_feed_last in modules/blog/blog.pages.inc
Menu callback; displays an RSS feed containing recent blog entries of all users.
blog_feed_user in modules/blog/blog.pages.inc
Menu callback; displays an RSS feed containing recent blog entries of a given user.
taxonomy_term_page in modules/taxonomy/taxonomy.pages.inc
Menu callback; displays all nodes associated with a term.
1 string reference to 'node_feed'
node_menu in modules/node/node.module
Implementation of hook_menu().


modules/node/node.module, line 1672
The core that allows content to be submitted to the site. Modules and scripts may programmatically submit nodes using the usual form API pattern.


function node_feed($nids = FALSE, $channel = array()) {
  global $base_url, $language;

  if ($nids === FALSE) {
    $nids = array();
    $result = db_query_range(db_rewrite_sql('SELECT n.nid, n.created FROM {node} n WHERE n.promote = 1 AND n.status = 1 ORDER BY n.created DESC'), 0, variable_get('feed_default_items', 10));
    while ($row = db_fetch_object($result)) {
      $nids[] = $row->nid;

  $item_length = variable_get('feed_item_length', 'teaser');
  $namespaces = array('xmlns:dc' => 'http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/');

  $items = '';
  foreach ($nids as $nid) {
    // Load the specified node:
    $item = node_load($nid);
    $item->build_mode = NODE_BUILD_RSS;
    $item->link = url("node/$nid", array('absolute' => TRUE));

    if ($item_length != 'title') {
      $teaser = ($item_length == 'teaser') ? TRUE : FALSE;

      // Filter and prepare node teaser
      if (node_hook($item, 'view')) {
        $item = node_invoke($item, 'view', $teaser, FALSE);
      else {
        $item = node_prepare($item, $teaser);

      // Allow modules to change $node->content before the node is rendered.
      node_invoke_nodeapi($item, 'view', $teaser, FALSE);

      // Set the proper node property, then unset unused $node property so that a
      // bad theme can not open a security hole.
      $content = drupal_render($item->content);
      if ($teaser) {
        $item->teaser = $content;
      else {
        $item->body = $content;

      // Allow modules to modify the fully-built node.
      node_invoke_nodeapi($item, 'alter', $teaser, FALSE);

    // Allow modules to add additional item fields and/or modify $item
    $extra = node_invoke_nodeapi($item, 'rss item');
    $extra = array_merge($extra, array(array('key' => 'pubDate', 'value' => gmdate('r', $item->created)), array('key' => 'dc:creator', 'value' => $item->name), array('key' => 'guid', 'value' => $item->nid . ' at ' . $base_url, 'attributes' => array('isPermaLink' => 'false'))));
    foreach ($extra as $element) {
      if (isset($element['namespace'])) {
        $namespaces = array_merge($namespaces, $element['namespace']);

    // Prepare the item description
    switch ($item_length) {
      case 'fulltext':
        $item_text = $item->body;
      case 'teaser':
        $item_text = $item->teaser;
        if (!empty($item->readmore)) {
          $item_text .= '<p>' . l(t('read more'), 'node/' . $item->nid, array('absolute' => TRUE, 'attributes' => array('target' => '_blank'))) . '</p>';
      case 'title':
        $item_text = '';

    $items .= format_rss_item($item->title, $item->link, $item_text, $extra);

  $channel_defaults = array(
    'version' => '2.0',
    'title' => variable_get('site_name', 'Drupal'),
    'link' => $base_url,
    'description' => variable_get('site_mission', ''),
    'language' => $language->language
  $channel = array_merge($channel_defaults, $channel);

  $output = "<?xml version=\"1.0\" encoding=\"utf-8\"?>\n";
  $output .= "<rss version=\"" . $channel["version"] . "\" xml:base=\"" . $base_url . "\" " . drupal_attributes($namespaces) . ">\n";
  $output .= format_rss_channel($channel['title'], $channel['link'], $channel['description'], $items, $channel['language']);
  $output .= "</rss>\n";

  drupal_set_header('Content-Type: application/rss+xml; charset=utf-8');
  print $output;


optimusprime619’s picture

Would have been great if there was an additional hook to remove specific nodes from a RSS feed(say for example privileged nodes of a specific taxonomy term that aren't to show up for anonymous users who subscribe to the site's taxonomy feed), alas hook_nodeapi's 'rss item' only provides the option to add additional data to a node item in a feed and the node_feed function used for generating the rss feeds doesn't have any such options either. If I am missing out on some functionality from core that is indeed present would be nice to hear about the same. Thanks & Cheers.