Created on 25 June 2020, last modified on 8 August 2020

You can setup up displaying RSS feeds on screen by creating new item with type “Panel with RSS messages” and adding it to your playlist. Alternatively, you can use sample screen layout “With side panels” as a starting point.

Dialog for adding new item

Source of RSS file

The source of displayed RSS messages can be setup through field URL for RSS messages in RSS item setup. There are several possible types of sources:

  • From internet – enter URL of the RSS file, for example http://feeds.bbci.co.uk/news/rss.xml.
  • Local file – enter name of the file uploaded or copied to Slideshow. We suggest using file with .rss extension.
  • Local messages – enter “local” (without quotes) as URL. Messages added through web interface – menu ToolsRSS messages will be displayed.

You can enter multiple sources for one item, delimit them with comma (,). Messages from all sources will be displayed in cycle, starting with the first message of the first source and ending with the last message of the last source.

File https://slideshow.digital/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/sample.rss is available for testing, it contains the minimal example needed for Slideshow with two messages.

Description of RSS file

RSS format is plain-text XML format, so it can be easily edited manually using text editor. You can find descriptions of the format on Wikipedia or W3schools. Slideshow displays tags “title” and “description” (alternatively “summary” or “content”) from the RSS file on screen. Title is displayed with bold font, description with regular font.

If you want to create RSS file by yourself and want more advanced tool than a simple text editor, you can try for example RSS Builder.

If you want to setup RSS news as a moving text, refer to the blog post: https://slideshow.digital/2019/07/how-to-setup-moving-text/.