How to Get The RSS Feed of Any YouTube Channel

Tutorial Dec 31, 2020

RSS feeds are awesome, we can keep track of multiple websites/blogs without having to visit them manually to check if there is any update. If you never used RSS before, you are missing out on a powerful and valuable feature.

If you don't know how to use an RSS feed, it's very simple. You get the RSS feed URL and give it an RSS reader. And the RSS reader will check the feed at configured intervals and notify you if there are any updates. There are plenty of RSS readers to choose from, the one I use is called QuiteRSS, it's not overly complicated, the design is pretty and simple, it works on multiple OSes and most importantly, it gets the job done.

YOUTUBE CHANNEL RSS FEED URL

All YouTube channels offer an RSS feed. But YouTube doesn't give us the usual RSS logo button we would see on most websites. They expect us to manually find the RSS feed URL.

Most of the RSS Readers will be able to accept the YouTube channel URL as an RSS feed URL. If it doesn't, we will have to provide the reader with the proper RSS feed URL.

A YouTube channel RSS feed URL will look like this,

https://www.youtube.com/feeds/videos.xml?channel_id=THE_CHANNEL_ID_HERE

The channel_id contains random alphanumeric characters and is unique for every Youtube channel. Where can you get a channel's channel_id from? Just visit the Youtube channel in a browser and look at the address bar.

channel id of YouTube channel in browser address bar
Channel ID in YouTube channel URL

In the example image shown above, the channel_id is "UCoxcjq-8xIDTYp3uz647V5A"

So, the following will be the RSS feed URL for the channel Numberphile.

https://www.youtube.com/feeds/videos.xml?channel_id=UCoxcjq-8xIDTYp3uz647V5A

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