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Create a private RSS feed without paying a penny.

kenzan100 profile image Yuta Miyama ・2 min read

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash


Prerequisite

  1. Dropbox Basic
  2. Github Pages

Steps

  1. Upload your mp3/mp4 contents to Dropbox. Get a raw link by following this step.
  2. Locally, follow this article to create an RSS file.
  3. Commit your RSS file to your Github repo. Publish it as a Github page.
  4. Make sure your RSS file path is valid with https://castfeedvalidator.com/. Some of the test results say warnings. As long as this is a private feed, you can ignore them.
  5. Share the RSS file path to your community! Popular podcast apps (including Apple Podcast) have a way to import RSS URLs directly. Enjoy.

To be minimum, below worked. (The URL is no longer valid, as I was too embarrassed to keep it public).

<rss xmlns:itunes="http://www.itunes.com/dtds/podcast-1.0.dtd" xmlns:atom="http://www.w3.org/2005/Atom" xmlns:rawvoice="http://www.rawvoice.com/rawvoiceRssModule/" version="2.0">
    <channel>
        <title>Podcast Title Here</title>
        <link>https://www.example.com</link>
        <image>
            <url>http://www.example.com/image3000x3000.png</url>
            <title>Podcast Title Here</title>
            <link>https://www.example.com</link>
        </image>
        <description>
            The full length description for your podcast
        </description>
        <language>en-us</language>
        <copyright>Yuta copyright 2016</copyright>
        <item>
          <title>Episode Name 2</title>
          <link>https://dl.dropbox.com/s/dff56030336b/YourVideoAudioFile.mp4</link>
          <pubDate>Sat, 02 Jan 2020 16:00:00 PDT</pubDate>
          <description>The full length episode 2 description</description>
          <enclosure url="https://dl.dropbox.com/s/dff56030336b/YourVideoAudioFile.mp4" length="36715125" type="audio/mpeg"/>
          <guid>https://dl.dropbox.com/s/dff56030336b/YourVideoAudioFile.mp4</guid>
        </item>
    </channel>
</rss>

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Thx! This is my first dev.to post, so appreciate the encouraging comment 👍