Updated RSS Feed Web Part for Office 365

Update: SharePoint Online RSS Viewer now supports external feeds


[warning_box]A newer version of the web part is available at Updated Release: RSS Feed Web Part for Office 365[/warning_box]

Back in August, I released a RSS Feed Web Part for Office 365, as the SharePoint RSS feed web part doesn’t work in SharePoint Online. Today I’m releasing a better updated version. Why? What has changed? Where can you get it and how do you install and use it? Read below

Which known errors existed?

People reported that they weren’t able to use the web part with SharePoint Online internal feeds, e.g. the RSS feed of a document library. After I got all the details needed to reproduce that error, I found the source of it quite quickly:

In my web part, I’m using the free jQuery library zRSSFeed, which itself is providing its functionality through using the Google Feed API. It calls this API to receive the feed data in JSON format, which it then parses and outputs. For SharePoint Online RSS feeds this fails, as the Google Feed API naturally can’t accessed secured content. Thus, only public feeds could be used with this first version of the web part!

What has changed in the new version?

Most importantly (the reason for this fix), you can now use SharePoint Online RSS feeds as well! For this to work, I had to modify the zRSSFeed library slightly. If a feed originates from SharePoint Online (identified through the same domain as the one the script is run on, as well as _layouts/listfeed.aspx in the URL), then some custom code is run instead of the zRSSFeed default code that calls the Google Feed API. I simple fetch the RSS data, parse it into a jQuery object, and do the (more or less) same output as the default behaviour.

In addition to that, I added some cleanup code. Whenever the feature is deactivated, the support libraries that are installed as part of this solution are removed. Thus, do not reference these files anywhere else if you aren’t absolutely sure that you won’t deactivate the solution!

Where can I download it?

Get the latest version at Updated Release: RSS Feed Web Part for Office 365

How do I install it?

You can follow the same instruction as in the previous posting. If you have the previous version installed, simply deactivate it first, upload the newer version of the solution, and activate it again.

Is anything else planned?

There’s a good chance I’ll release another update in the coming weeks. I’ve received some feedback regarding some design improvements, if time permits I’ll start working on them soon.


I’ve got some ideas how to improve the web part

As the source is available, feel free to make your own customisations. Alternatively, contact me with any suggestions that you have

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Rene Modery

Microsoft Office Servers and Services MVP, working as a Solutions Architect (SharePoint, Office 365) in Singapore