Subscribe to RSS Feeds in Safari for Mac in OS X El Capitan & Yosemite
RSS is a really great way to follow some of your favorite web sites and skim headlines to check out specific articles you most want to read. Many Mac users rely on third party apps for subscribing to RSS feeds, but the newest versions of Safari for OS X have an RSS subscription feature built directly into the web browser. Subscribing to RSS feeds this way is simple, and reading feeds is just as easy too, so let’s take a moment to learn how to use it.
You’ll need the latest version of Safari on OS X El Capitan or OS X Yosemite to find the RSS subscription option and manager. The feature itself is a piece of cake to use, but it’s a little buried and therefore fairly easy to overlook.
How to Add an RSS Feed Subscription to Safari on Mac
- Open Safari and visit a webpage that has an RSS feed available that you wish to subscribe to (for example, the lovely osxdaily.com)
- Click on the sidebar button to expand the bookmarks and subscription bar
- Select the @ at symbol tab to visit the social section, then click on “Subscriptions” at the bottom
- Choose “Add Feed”
- At the “Subscribe to” popup, select “Add Feed”
That’s all there is to adding RSS feeds to follow in Safari. You can repeat the same process on any website that offers RSS, you’ll find that most blog and news websites offer the subscription service.
Reading RSS Feeds in Safari
To access and read your favorite RSS subscriptions, just open the Safari sidebar again, and then go back to the @ tab. The RSS feeds will automatically populate into the sidebar. Clicking on any of the feed items open the feed item into the accompanying browser window (and yes, it expands to the full article if the RSS feed is excerpt only).
You can also use the Reader function to simplify the appearance of a rendered RSS feed item.
While the Safari RSS feed reader works fine for following a handful of websites, if you’re subscribing to and managing a lot of RSS feeds you’ll likely still want to use a third party app. Two of the best RSS readers in OS X are Vienna and NetNewsWire, try out both and take your pick.
This is a really great feature that at the moment is unique to Safari in OS X, let’s hope it comes to iOS soon too. In the meantime for iPhone and iPad users, you can use the Social Shared Links feature in Safari for iOS to serve a similar function.