Adding an RSS Source

You can add regularly changing web content to your Coveo organization. Coveo indexes RSS feed content to make it searchable by all members of the Coveo organization. An RSS source starts an incremental refresh every 15 minutes to index RSS feed content changes (addition or modification). A source rebuild or full refresh is required to take account of deleted items (see Adding and Managing Your Coveo Cloud V1 Organization Sources).

With RSS feeds, you easily stay informed by receiving the latest content from the websites you’re interested in. The availability of old and new RSS feed items depend on the RSS feed configuration contained in an XML file.

  • If the XML feed file contains OpenSearch information, your RSS source uses it to index all available items in the feed as far in the past as possible (see OpenSearch).

  • If the XML feed file doesn’t contain OpenSearch information, the RSS source doesn’t retrieve old feed items, only new ones that are published.

  • The incremental indexing process of RSS sources keeps items in your source even when they’re filtered out of the RSS feed as new items are published. The filtered out RSS feed items are however deleted from the source when you perform a rebuild or a full refresh of the source (see Adding and Managing Your Coveo Cloud V1 Organization Sources).

A technological website RSS feed is configured to only provide the last 100 articles. Previous articles aren’t accessible. When you create, rebuild, or full refresh your RSS source, you get the 100 last RSS articles available on this site at this time. The next day, five articles come in so at the end of the day your source contains 105 articles. Six months later, it may contain a thousand articles as long as you don’t rebuild or full refresh the source in which case it will only contain the 100 last articles.

Source Features Summary

Features Supported Additional information
RSS feeds version RSS 1.0, RSS 2.0, and Atom 1.0
Searchable content types

RSS feeds (or channels) and RSS items

Content update Incremental refresh

The source must know the last update time of each RSS feed item. Otherwise, the source sets the default min value and you need to perform a source full refresh or rebuild to update changes on items.

Depending on the RSS feed format, the following property must be defined for each item:

  • Atom 1.0: <updated>

  • RSS 2.0: <a10:updated>

Full refresh
Permission types Secured

Private Only accessible once the source is created in the Sources page [Learn more]

Add an RSS Source

To edit an RSS source, see Edit the Source Configuration to Re-index its Content or Re-authorize the Access, and then follow the steps below, starting from step 5.

  1. Ensure your RSS feed is in one of the following supported formats:

    • RSS 1.0, RSS 2.0, or Atom 1.0
  2. If not already done, log in to your Coveo organization.

  3. In the navigation bar on the left, under Search Content, select Sources, and then click Add Source.

  4. On the Add Source page, click RSS.

    When you create a source, you become the owner of the source.

  5. In the Add/Edit an RSS Source dialog box:

    1. In the URL of the RSS feed box, enter the source website address.

    2. Click Start Indexing (or Refresh Index when editing the source).


  6. Back on the Sources page, you can review the progress of your RSS source addition (see Review the State of Sources Available to You).

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