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Create an RSS Feed With Nuxt 3 and Nuxt Content v2

Michael Hoffmann (Mokkapps) - Senior Frontend Developer (Freelancer)
Aug 15, 2022
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My portfolio website is built with Nuxt 3 and Nuxt Content v2. An RSS feed with my latest five blog posts is available here. In this article, you'll learn how to add an RSS feed to your Nuxt website.

Setup

First, let's create a new Nuxt 3 project. As the next step, we need to add the Nuxt Content v2 module to our application.

Finally, let's add some content that will be included in the RSS feed:

├── content
|  └── blog
|  └── blog
|  |   ├── article-1.md
|  |   ├── article-2.md
|  |   ├── article-3.md
|  |   ├── article-4.md
|  |   ├── article-5.md

Each .md file has this simple structure:

---title: 'Article 1'description: 'Article 1 description'date: '2022-01-01'---Article 5 Content

The source code for this demo is available at GitHub and in this StackBlitz playground:

Add Server Route

We will be utilizing the server routes available within Nuxt, and to do so, we'll need to create the server/ directory within our app root directly.

Once this is done, we create a routes/ directory inside this and add a rss.xml.ts file. It will translate to /rss.xml:

server/routes/rss.xml.ts
export default defineEventHandler(async (event) => {  const feedString = ''  event.res.setHeader('content-type', 'text/xml')  event.res.end(feedString)})

The next step is to query our blog posts:

server/routes/rss.xml.ts
import { serverQueryContent } from '#content/server'export default defineEventHandler(async (event) => {  const docs = await serverQueryContent(event).sort({ date: -1 }).where({ _partial: false }).find()  const blogPosts = docs.filter((doc) => doc?._path?.includes('/blog'))  const feedString = ''  event.res.setHeader('content-type', 'text/xml')  event.res.end(feedString)})

Now let's add the rss library to generate the RSS XML string based on our content:

server/routes/rss.xml.ts
import { serverQueryContent } from '#content/server'import RSS from 'rss'const feed = new RSS({  title: 'Michael Hoffmann',  site_url: 'https://mokkapps.de',  feed_url: `https://mokkapps.de/rss.xml`,})const docs = await serverQueryContent(event).sort({ date: -1 }).where({ _partial: false }).find()const blogPosts = docs.filter((doc) => doc?._path?.includes('/blog'))for (const doc of blogPosts) {  feed.item({    title: doc.title ?? '-',    url: `https://mokkapps.de${doc._path}`,    date: doc.date,    description: doc.description,  })}const feedString = feed.xml({ indent: true })event.res.setHeader('content-type', 'text/xml')event.res.end(feedString)

When using nuxt generate, you may want to pre-render the feed since the server route won't be able to run on a static hosting.

We can do this by using the nitro.prerender option in nuxt.config:

nuxt.config.ts
import { defineNuxtConfig } from 'nuxt'// https://v3.nuxtjs.org/api/configuration/nuxt.configexport default defineNuxtConfig({  modules: ['@nuxt/content'],  nitro: {    prerender: {      routes: ['/rss.xml'],    },  },  content: {    // https://content.nuxtjs.org/api/configuration  },})

If we now navigate to /rss.xml, we get our generated RSS feed:

<rss xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/"  xmlns:content="http://purl.org/rss/1.0/modules/content/"  xmlns:atom="http://www.w3.org/2005/Atom" version="2.0">  <channel>    <title>      <![CDATA[ Michael Hoffmann ]]>    </title>    <description>      <![CDATA[ Michael Hoffmann ]]>    </description>    <link>https://mokkapps.de</link>    <generator>RSS for Node</generator>    <lastBuildDate>Sun, 14 Aug 2022 18:14:16 GMT</lastBuildDate>    <atom:link href="https://mokkapps.de/rss.xml" rel="self" type="application/rss+xml"/>    <item>      <title>        <![CDATA[ Article 5 ]]>      </title>      <description>        <![CDATA[ Article 5 description ]]>      </description>      <link>https://mokkapps.de/blog/article-5</link>      <guid isPermaLink="true">https://mokkapps.de/blog/article-5</guid>      <pubDate>Thu, 05 May 2022 00:00:00 GMT</pubDate>    </item>    <item>      <title>        <![CDATA[ Article 4 ]]>      </title>      <description>        <![CDATA[ Article 4 description ]]>      </description>      <link>https://mokkapps.de/blog/article-4</link>      <guid isPermaLink="true">https://mokkapps.de/blog/article-4</guid>      <pubDate>Mon, 04 Apr 2022 00:00:00 GMT</pubDate>    </item>    <item>      <title>        <![CDATA[ Article 3 ]]>      </title>      <description>        <![CDATA[ Article 3 description ]]>      </description>      <link>https://mokkapps.de/blog/article-3</link>      <guid isPermaLink="true">https://mokkapps.de/blog/article-3</guid>      <pubDate>Thu, 03 Mar 2022 00:00:00 GMT</pubDate>    </item>    <item>      <title>        <![CDATA[ Article 2 ]]>      </title>      <description>        <![CDATA[ Article 2 description ]]>      </description>      <link>https://mokkapps.de/blog/article-2</link>      <guid isPermaLink="true">https://mokkapps.de/blog/article-2</guid>      <pubDate>Wed, 02 Feb 2022 00:00:00 GMT</pubDate>    </item>    <item>      <title>        <![CDATA[ Article 1 ]]>      </title>      <description>        <![CDATA[ Article 1 description ]]>      </description>      <link>https://mokkapps.de/blog/article-1</link>      <guid isPermaLink="true">https://mokkapps.de/blog/article-1</guid>      <pubDate>Sat, 01 Jan 2022 00:00:00 GMT</pubDate>    </item>  </channel></rss>

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