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Implement RSS detection natively in Chrome

Project Member Reported by, Jan 26 2010

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This bug is a placeholder for discussing the merits and keeping track of 
implementing the RSS Subscription Extension natively in Chrome.

Extension install:

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I need it.

Comment 113 by Deleted ...@, Jun 28 2010

we need it.

Comment 116 by, Jun 28 2010

I agree with all of you guys. we need RSS.

Comment 117 by Deleted ...@, Jun 28 2010

I love Chrome,But I hope Support RSS

i think it will be great to add RSS detection

Comment 119 by Deleted ...@, Jun 28 2010

i think it will be great to add RSS detection
All need is RSS in Chrome!
i need RSS 

Comment 123 by Deleted ...@, Jun 28 2010

yeah,i agree that rss natively implement in chrome!

we do need RSS support. it could be a individual special page.

maybe AUTOMATICALLY REDIRECT to GOOGLE READER instead when a RSS XML is detected would also be a good idea!!!
of course.I have other tools~
To read Rss in chrome directly is cool, although we have already have google reader and igoogle to read rss news.i think chrome should work good with google reader.
I need RSS support!
RSS is an essential function.Chrome user need it deadly.

Comment 130 by Deleted ...@, Jun 28 2010

i really don't understand why there is no RSS reader inside Chrome while all other modern browers have this . Even  just make it readable is ok! 

Comment 131 by Deleted ...@, Jun 28 2010

I need RSS support , too !
it's so useful !!!

Comment 132 by Deleted ...@, Jun 29 2010

I need this function heavily!
算了,我用中文发帖好啦,反正 Google 似乎并不怎么重视这种投票的性质。
看我支持的  Issue 35897  早就是1000多人投票支持了,Google 却没点回应。
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Comment 134 by, Jun 30 2010

if i get it,the convention
it's really necessery :)
When viewing a webpage written in other language, users will get a message bar like this: "Do you wish to translate this page to your language using Google Translate? [Yes/Nope]"  


When clicking a RSS feed, users can get a message bar asking "Do you wish to subscribe this feed using Google Reader? [Yes/Nope]"

Comment 138 Deleted

we surely need it

Comment 140 by, Jul 21 2010

please provide native support thank you very much 
are any developers working on this? or are they even aware of how much people wan't it? if not then what can we do to make them aware, because the vast majority think that at least something needs to be done, we could do a poll to determine what users most want, does anyone else think this is a good idea?

feel free to say what you think and give your opinion. I have stared the issue
RSS Subscription Extension (by Google) is the 17th most popular extension with "225,618 users" and on the second "most popular" page. even if this is a small percentage of chrome users (like 5%, I'm not sure how many chrome users there are?). from the comments above it sounds like a deal breaker for chrome, although I personally only started using RSS in chrome, ALL other major browsers have this. The main reason why the majority hate Linux is because it doesn't work out of the box, if someone came over from FF/IE; "Set up home page, Set up bookmarks, Set up RSS... hey wait where's RSS?!?!?... ah screw this back to FF/IE". I think to get more people to use chrome and to increase its functionality RSS should be natively implemented in to Chrome but while keeping chrome minimalistic look, with an option to [Enable/Disable], I know I sound like all the other people repeating themselves, but this feature request seems to have come to a standstill, what can we do to get the ball rolling again? I could create a poll using a Google docs form.
I've now had a client tell me the site I built him was broken because Chrome rendered gobbledegook (to him) when he clicked the RSS link.

There are plenty of useful suggestions on how to handle this in this thread. Copy any other browser. Offer subscription options (Reader and such). Offer the extension. Whatever.

The only argument against native RSS support is the icon in the url bar... So don't include that (duh). Is there any other valid argument?

Please don't render such a useless and apparently broke page that causes us developers such grief. At the very least put a message like, "This is an RSS feed. Chrome doesn't know what to do with it. Our bad. Click here to write an irate email to Google."

Comment 144 by Deleted ...@, Aug 3 2010

As a weekend project I wrote an extension that adds FF like live bookmarks to Chrome.  The reason this wasn't done in the past I think is b/c of the bookmark api limits that chrome implements but knowing about it before I started I think my solution works pretty well.  It doesn't show when there is an RSS feed on the page though but if requested I could add that.
Not installing on Chrome
A solution needs the ability to not only subscribe via web based readers, but to local readers too (aka external programs like liferea etc). Some extensions already do this, but not very intuitively... I'd like to edit the list of external readers I can use right from Chrome, similar to how FF implements it.

Comment 147 by Deleted ...@, Aug 19 2010

Comment 148 by, Aug 20 2010

I wanted to add that at least allowing XSL or CSS transformations would be nice..

Comment 149 by, Sep 7 2010

Is there a way for webmasters detect if this extension installed, so if not installed, then don't show RSS button, or show a warning, whatever?
If Chrome already is ready for this change (and has been for 15 months), why isn't it implemented?
Why is this even a question? If a users clicks the RSS link on any of my sites and they get a face full of XML, how does that improve the web browsing experience? This is ridiculous! Add native RSS support!!!

Comment 152 by, Oct 26 2010

I want to be able to open feed page in incognito window, I've been waiting this for a long long time, seriously.
I agree that RSS support should be included.  It is a real pain to develop a site and have to do things differently, just so it will work in Chrome.  Having to do special steps for just one browser is reminiscent of IE6...

Comment 154 by Deleted ...@, Nov 9 2010

RSS support should be included. I really miss this feature after my Firefox expirience.
the lack of basic XML feed parsing in Chrome is absolutely bizarre.

Comment 156 by Deleted ...@, Nov 19 2010

The lack of RSS support is clear evidence of a lack of understanding of information management.  It's an unnecessary added complication.  
Why not just bundel some extensions by default? like the rss extension?
If a user really does not like rss he can just uninstall it.
But make the default browser feature complete.
Back on Firefox until Chrome gets RSS support and Google Reader stops crashing its own tabs.  The RSS Subscription Extension doesn't even work -- it's buggy and hasn't been updated in MONTHS!  And what's Google's agenda in excluding RSS support?  I can only imagine you guys are trying to push the entire web to use your ridiculous Add to Google buttons.  There's a difference between a streamlined browser and an incomplete one.  Leaving out RSS support, you're pushing the web in the wrong direction.
 Issue 67397  has been merged into this issue.

Comment 160 by, Dec 23 2010

 Issue 67910  has been merged into this issue.
Question for dhw - is there any plan to implement a solution for this? if yes, when?  If no, then tell us here in this forum so we can get over the heartbreak of leaving Chrome and set about falling in love with another browser.  Thanks.
This place holder bug has been here since the beginning of the year. I don't think it's going to be implemented soon.
Anyone has any idea how is it possible that Chromium developers completely ignore a year old issue with 1384 watchers, without even honoring with a reply? 
I am, as a developer, absolutely stunned.
Seriously? Naive Chrome users might click my RSS link, curious what the symbol stands for, see a page full of garbage, and worry my site just infected them with a virus. This is unacceptable.
the only reason i have to use another browser like IE( or fox is their native ability to read rss feads

so plz implement not oly rss detection but feeds reading feature in chrome asap
This is really "must-to-have" extension. But one thing could make it even better. When I click on RSS icon in Omnibox and get to page with listing feed content, I have no way how can I get current feed URL (even from Omnibox - its empty). Would be really good if this feed URL was displayed in Omnibox or at least anywhere in page.
As a web developer, we are plagued with "Your website doesn't work" which makes us all look bad...
 Issue 71502  has been merged into this issue.

Comment 169 by, Feb 14 2011

Labels: -HelpWanted GoodFirstBug

Comment 170 by Deleted ...@, Feb 14 2011

I am not switching to chrome until it has full RSS
support with Live Bookmarks.
Have to put up with Chrome without rss :( Please please please!!!
 Issue 73607  has been merged into this issue.
 Issue 72788  has been merged into this issue.
This is also keeping me from migrating from Firefox!

Comment 175 by, Feb 25 2011

Are you people crying about a damn small orange icon on omnibox? Not to support RSS data is plain stupid. Let in the core, let as an extension, but let it. Regards.

Comment 176 by Deleted ...@, Mar 6 2011

Please natively support RSS in Chrome. It's so frustrating to click on a link and see a spew of xml, it ruins the user experience and makes Chrome seem really "broken" to so many non-techie users. "I tried Chrome - it doesn't work" is a common thing I've heard, and more often than not it is directly related to a lack of native RSS support. I'd hate to have to add to my altruism list, "Apple will never support Flash, and Chrome will never get RSS...."
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As a newbie website developer, it is quite frustrating that my RSS page is not properly formatted (recognized) in Chrome such as in FF, Safari & even IE???? Jeez of all the things Chrome does right, this was a serious oversight. I will direct users to use FF in the meantime until Chrome develops a "solution" and not a plugin.
It seems that feeds are not used by a lot of users, OK, but that's only because the users don't know what it is. When you take the time to explain to someone how it works, then the person likes it, saying "I didn't know I could do that". RSS and Atom are nothing less than the open standards for subscriptions on the Web! Getting rid of it is a shame, really.

Releasing feeds support as an extension is pretty much getting rid of it, because it will result in a decrease of its usage. All browsers should support it as a default feature. And moreover, they should try to improve the user experience in this matter.

When something like the "subscribe" button is used by only few users (as it seems to be), it doesn't necessarily mean that the users don't like it and don't want to use it. Another smart interpretation could be that they don't understand what it is and what it does.

Instead of hiding the "subscribe" button, please make it more explicit and relevant. Show us you support the open Web. Don't help the ones that want to kill RSS/Atom for their own profits.

Further reading on why RSS/Atom is important:
Just to say, I found out that now Google Chrome already renders *.xml files much better.
Oops, forgot to mention that I'm using Google Chrome 11.0.696.12 Dev.
Labels: -GoodFirstBug bulkmove Hotlist-GoodFirstBug
This bug is a placeholder for discussing the merits and keeping track of 
implementing the RSS Subscription Extension natively in Chrome.

Extension install:
I will instantly change my usual browser from Opera to Chromium if it will be able read and manage RSS natively, i.e. add/delete subscriptions and import/export feeds (if it will be able to send selected feed messages to a printer it will be perfect) to html/pdf/xml formats, without need to use online reading service.

When I think about most convenient layout for internal RSS reader it would be as in the attached image.

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Comment 184 by, May 14 2011

 Issue 82433  has been merged into this issue.
@comment 183, good idea for an extension, too UI intensive for chrome.

your idea would be better integrated as a live bookmarks feature that is just a simple part of the regular bookmarks solution chrome already has, or as a separate extension.

your idea isn't regular-user friendly enough, you have to assume they don't know what RSS is and clicked that orange RSS symbol on a whim.

something between this and firefox's method of handling RSS would be better IMHO
The (excellent) RSS plugin is currently using 19.3MB of memory on my machine. That seems a high price to pay for a clean UI.

Could the same functionality be integrated into Chrome, but disabled by default? (like sync)

I would even be happy with a switch in about:flags if you consider this feature to be only for technical users (like click to play plugins).
Although RSS reading is a feature I need, the RSS extension is slowing me down too. Why can't we have this built in instead of Chrome throwing XML code at me?
Why not display an infobar alerting users that an extension is required to view this page, and directing them to the RSS extension? 

That way, users will easily be able to install the RSS extension, *and* there's no bloat or cruft added to Chrome itself.
 Issue 89068  has been merged into this issue.

Comment 190 by Deleted ...@, Aug 8 2011

Native support is defo needed, as pages just look busted.

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Comment 192 by, Nov 18 2011

* Every other browser supports this.  
* It doesn't need to be an all-out "RSS Reader" added to Chrome/Chromium.  
** Just show the darn RSS/Atom icon when a feed exists for a page! **

Seriously - I'm tired of looking at "view source" all the time.  This is something that can easily be done programmatically.
support for feeds please. I was shocked to find that it is not buit in. Of all the companies I'd expect to do this google would have been bottom of the list. 
Chrome is sop much better than all the other browsers that have the built-in RSS feed handling feature i.e.  Explorer, Firefox, Safari. Id love it if you'd incorporate the feature soon! 

Comment 195 by Deleted ...@, Feb 13 2012

I was also very surprised and very disappointed to find out that google does not support auto-detection of RSS feeds. I am building my own blog and linking to the feed, but unfortunately in Chrome it takes you to a very ugly XML page. I think an RSS button in the browser's address bar works just fine. It does not clutter the UI and it looks good to boot. I think google is really dropping the ball on this one. For google this seems like it would be extremely easy to implement. Many many people use RSS feeds. I can't possibly understand why google thinks they should not have one.
The extension is broken in the latest Chrome Beta on OS X 10.7.3 - it just flickers crazily when you click on the icon, preventing you from accessing the feed links.
@RossColl: I also experience this sometimes on OS X 10.6.8 with the beta build. But it seems to be fixed in the latest build on OS X 10.6.8.

Comment 199 by Deleted ...@, May 23 2012

It's not working for me at all.  What's a girl gotta do to get her Chrome on?

Comment 200 by Deleted ...@, May 27 2012

It does not work RSS-feed in XML file even with the extension. : ((
Mozilla, Opera, IE8, Safari - all ok.
Change is something, please.
After I installed this extension for preview ability it worked just fine until maybe browser restart, but ever since then it just downloads xml, html or even php pages chewing on link to rss feed instead of preview =(
RSS ext. by Google not working.png
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Comment 202 by Deleted ...@, Jul 19 2012

So, I had to discover feeds don't readily (natively) display in Chrome and search for this entry and look for the extension?  I publish/maintain, etc. several audio podcast feeds and this is a subscriber killer!  99% of my listeners and potential subscribers will think I/we did something wrong and it "broke." They won't geek around to find out why and get the extension to do what ALL OTHER BROWSERS DO!!  This is kinda crazy Google...  Also, the kludgy Chrome RSS extension doesn't show enclosures, our audio, which is the whole point of a podcast.  

Please fix this!  I was getting so into using Chrome as my main browser and recommending it. But the brakes just went on.

PS The Chrome for iPhone won't even open these files.  How do I get around that?
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Google made it a bit more compatible now, but still you need a Google account to preview it in Reader (web) not in a browser itself independent.
That's okay for me. Thanks Goog.
 Issue 165440  has been merged into this issue.
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Comment 206 by, Mar 10 2013

Labels: -Internals-Core -Area-UI Cr-Internals-Core Cr-UI
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Status: WontFix
Disclaimer: I am a daily RSS user and pretty unhappy about Google Reader going away.  So I sympathize with everyone who wants a good way to consume RSS.

That said, there have never been any plans to implement this natively in Chrome.  I don't know why this bug has been left open for years, making it look as if we're considering this, when we're not.  It just gets people's hopes up, and then makes them bitter when years go by with no action.

Better to close, and make it clear that this just isn't happening.  I'm sorry to all of you who starred this, I know that this was something a lot of you really wanted.

I would direct people to the Chrome Extension that adds this, but apparently it's heavily tied to Reader itself and thus going away also.  The third-party Google Operating System blog notes that there are at least two other extensions still available based on this code, though:

Perhaps one of these will be useful.
I'm the author of the RSS Subscription Extension (from Google) and I wanted to provide a quick update on what Peter said.

My RSS extension was removed by mistake but it is now up again on the webstore:

It was not _tied_ to Google Reader, per se, since you choose which feed reader to use -- but I've now removed the Google Reader option for new users to prevent them from getting hooked on Reader and then be disappointed in a few months time.

Also, please note that even though clones of my extension exist in the webstore, some of them were copied a long time ago and have not been updated since. They might therefore be vulnerable to security issues and can not really be recommended without making sure they've kept up with the times.

I also have the same disclaimer as Peter: I'm an avid user of Google Reader and am pretty unhappy about the Reader situation as well.
It shouldn't be too difficult to implement native support for RSS on Chrome, it's something very similar to Bookmarks.

One thing that would be harder is the update mechanism to keep things up to date. A parser wouldn't be a problem because we already parse XML elsewhere in the codebase.
No. RSS handling is very different from Bookmarks and comes with a slew of security issues that, unless I'm mistaken, are not normally associated with Bookmarks. But, discussing this is pointless, as Peter pointed out. There is very little support for making this native.
 Issue 354672  has been merged into this issue.
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