1. I want to disable the default Drupal 7 RSS feeds located at /rss.xml. Can this be achieved?

  2. I want to create my own custom RSS feeds. I have tried with the Views module, but I can't define my own fields, and default feed contains a lot of HTML etc. I just want to create a clean RSS feed with title and body summarized to 150 chars, but without HTML, like in this feed: b.dk/seneste/rss.

  • Note that you don't necessarily have to disable rss.xml. You really want to change the default feed on the page. That can be done with theming; change <link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" title="" href="rss.xml" /> to whatever you want it to be
    – rfay
    Commented Nov 27, 2011 at 16:31
  • For question 1: see the answers in drupal.stackexchange.com/questions/3782/…
    – batigolix
    Commented Jul 1, 2015 at 21:51

3 Answers 3


For your first question, I found the RSS Permissions module, which allow you to disable the RSS feeds based on roles. I haven't tested this out, but it seems to be actively developed. (NOTE: This is for Drupal 7.)

  • Yes it defiantly looks like RSS Permissions module can fix my issue for question 1.
    – mtrolle
    Commented Nov 17, 2011 at 10:58

For question 1, I have used the answer by Rick Umali.

For question 2: I made a field formatter for the text fields called "Trimmed and stripped" that first strips all HTML and then trims the length of the value. Next I configured the RSS display type for my content types to use this "Trimmed and stripped" field formatter on body. Finally I created the wanted views through Views 3.x module.

But this still leaves HTML around each field. And I wanted to have a clean RSS feed, so I also created a template file named views-view-row-rss.tpl.php, which runs a htmlspecialchars_decode() on $description, and then strip_tags() and finally check_plain()...

And I now got the wanted result - but I think there most be a better solution out there... Or else I should maybe write a module for this one day :)


Question 1: You should use Views module to create a feed on that path, this will override the items included in the home page feed.

Question 2: You can change the default RSS settings for the site to include full node content or the title or title + summary. Then on a per content type you can set a custom display for feeds, if you need to tweak what is included in the feeds.

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