Let’s say you want to keep an eye on Reddit, without using the Reddit app and without having to login to Reddit, the solution is RSS feeds.
RSS feed for a Subreddit
The RSS feed for a subreddit can be accessed using the following URL format:
Just replace [subreddit name] with the name of the subreddit you want to monitor. For example, if you wanted to get the RSS feed for the subreddit “news”, you would use the following URL:
This URL will give you an XML document that you can feed into an RSS reader to receive updates about new posts in the subreddit.
Posts of a particular user
The RSS feed for a Reddit user’s posts can be accessed using the following URL format:
[username] with the actual Reddit username. For example, for the Reddit CEO, whose username is “spez”, the RSS feed for his posts would be:
Please note that Reddit must have RSS feeds enabled for this to work. Also, the user’s posts must be public. If the user’s posts are private or if Reddit has disabled RSS feeds, this URL will not return an RSS feed.
Track the comments of the same user
The RSS feed for a Reddit user’s comments can be accessed using the following URL format:
[username] with the actual Reddit username. So, Huffman, whose username is “spez”, the RSS feed for his comments would be:
Again, this will only work if Reddit has RSS feeds enabled and if the user’s comments are public.
RSS Feed Readers
Yes, that’s still a thing ! I have been using it since…2003 !!
Check out this page to find one for iOs, Android, Linux or Windows
My preference are divided in two kinds :
- FreshRSS (my choice)
- Tiny Tiny RSS (advanced features)
- Miniflux (minimal)
Web based services
- Inoreader (my choice, advanced features)
Since I’m on Android I use FeedMe to connect to my self-hosted FreshRSS instance and If I need to use Inoreader, I use the Inoreader android app.
How to find the RSS feed of any particular website ?
This website has all you need to know : https://openrss.org/blog
My own approach is to use Feedbro with Feedbro you can install the extension on your browser and if there is an RSS feed wherever you are on the web, you’ll be able to find it without having to memorize how RSS works and how to get it, Feedbro will find it for you !