Creating a generic rss feed template, to serve up all the posts in all the Jekyll collections.

All the jekyll collections are specified in _config.yml, and all the collection-related posts and pages will be in the respective collection folders, where the collection name (aka label) is prefixed by an underscore.

Create the top-level rss file, feed.xml

layout: null
{% include all_feed.xml %}

and create the file, _includes/all_feed.xml

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<rss version="2.0" xmlns:atom="" xml:lang="{{ site.lang }}">
    <title>{{ site.title }} by {{ }}</title>
    <link>{{ site.url }}</link>
    <copyright>All rights reserved.</copyright>
    <description>{{ site.description }}</description>
    <atom:link href="{{ page.url | absolute_url }}" rel="self" type="application/rss+xml" />
      {% assign posts = site.documents | where:"layout", "post" | sort: 'date' | reverse %}{%
      for post in posts limit:10 %}{%
        assign collection_prefix = "" %}{%
        if post.collection != "posts" %}{%
          assign collection = site.collections | where:"label", post.collection | first %}{%
          capture collection_prefix %}{{ collection.title_singular }} - {% endcapture %}{%
          <title>{{ collection_prefix }}{{ post.title | xml_escape }}</title>
          <description>{{ post.excerpt | xml_escape }}</description>
          <pubDate>{{ | date_to_rfc822 }}</pubDate>
          <link>{{ post.url | absolute_url }}</link>
          <guid isPermaLink="true">{{ post.url | absolute_url }}</guid>
      {% endfor

The handlebars code

  • gets the list of all documents
    • which are of layout: post,
  • sorts them by date,
  • and then constructs the RSS feed of the most recent ones
  • prefixing each post title with collection.title_singular, the title of the collection it is from as specified in _config.yml.

It is worth noting that this particular setup grabs all posts, i.e. those in collections and any ‘unaffiliated’ posts which are not part of a collection. Such unaffiliated posts are in fact considered to be in the default collection called ‘posts’, behind the scenes. Hence the logic, if post.collection != "posts", which ensures we don’t attempt to prefix their titles with their home collection details.

spurious newlines breaks the XML spec

see the earlier post about not emitting spurious newlines.