Tag Archives: YouTube

How to Force Feedly to See Latest Posts in a Feed

I was trying to add a new YouTube feed into Feedly and noticed that what Feedly was seeing was not matching what my browser saw. In fact, the newest post Feedly displayed was 297 days old. The specific feed in this case was the one for Mike Zeroh’s YouTube Channel whose most recent videos have been about Star Wars and theories concerning the latest movies.

In this instance, the feed URL I was using was:

https://www.youtube.com/feeds/videos.xml?channel_id=UCoe5Yk15NUniu1xEJ-ylOvQ

which looked like this in Feedly:

Feedly Showing Old Posts in Feed

As you can see, the newest video it sees is from November 2015 even though I could see the most recent ones when previewing the feed in Firefox before adding it to Feedly.

After doing some research, I found someone with the same issue and a workaround: Problem with a Youtube feed not updating. It turns out, you just need to add an extra query parameter to the end of the URL to force Feedly to see the latest posts. So, I modified the URL to: 

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/feeds/videos.xml?channel_id=UCoe5Yk15NUniu1xEJ-ylOvQ" target="_blank">https://www.youtube.com/feeds/videos.xml?channel_id=UCoe5Yk15NUniu1xEJ-ylOvQ&amp;xray=bob</a>

by adding

&amp;xray=bob

to the end

 

which did the trick! This was just the first thing that came into my head LOL. :)

Subsequently, while writing this post, I also realized that the following feed URL also works for his channel:

https://www.youtube.com/feeds/videos.xml?user=drunkchickenTV

.

Anyway, hope this helps someone who runs across something similar with Feedly! :)

How to Get a YouTube Channel’s RSS Feed

Well, I was trying add the PBS Space Time YouTube channel’s RSS feed to my reader like I’ve done with other channels in the past; however, the browser was never detecting the feed and it has seemed problematic with YouTube for sometime. Actually, when I examined the source code, I could not find any reference to a feed for the browser to detect.  So, here’s what I did.

I found a working feed which had a URL like:

https://www.youtube.com/feeds/videos.xml?channel_id=(channel-id)

I then replaced (channel-id) with the one for PBS Space Time which happens to be

UC7_gcs09iThXybpVgjHZ_7g

so the complete URL would be:

https://www.youtube.com/feeds/videos.xml?channel_id=UC7_gcs09iThXybpVgjHZ_7g

You can find the channel id by looking at the address bar in your browser when looking a the channel’s home. Example:

PBS Space Time channel ID in the browser's address bar.It worked! Hope this helps someone. :)


Update September 18, 2016: You can also use the user name that shows in the address bar if it doesn’t have a channel ID. Use user=username to specify the RSS feed. In this case a URL would be like:

https://www.youtube.com/feeds/videos.xml?user=periodicvideos


Update April 4, 2017: I found out from here that for a YouTube playlist, use playlist_id. So, for my music video playlist, the URL would be:

https://www.youtube.com/feeds/videos.xml?playlist_id=PL8D8D4240EC972114


Update September 5, 2017: Check out my new post: How to Get RSS Feeds For All Your YouTube Subscriptions that describes how to import all your YouTube subscription RSS feeds at once.