Easily Edit Your RSS News Feeds With This Free OPML Editor

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Using an RSS reader (News Feed Aggregator) is a fantastic way to keep up with the latest news and information from a lot of different sites, but sites can disappear without warning, leaving you with feeds that are no longer active. Editing or deleting a small number of feeds can usually be done manually within whatever RSS reader/aggregator you're using, but the amount of feeds you can delete at one time can be limited.

I recently found myself needing to delete 100+ inactive feeds - that's when I came across this useful little program. It's easy to use; download, install and run the program, open your OPML file, click on the green folder icon to highlight the entry, and hit the delete button. When you're done, save the edited file and you're done.

Some RSS readers use the XML file extension instead of OPML - I've always made a copy of the file and then renamed the file extension to the required format (OPML to XML and vice-versa). I haven't had any issues doing this, but your mileage may vary. There are programs that will convert the files from one format to the other, but since I haven't used them I won't list them here.

When you import your new OPML file into your chosen RSS reader, there's a good chance your old feeds will be retained - that is, the new OPML file won't overwrite the old one. If that's the case, you'll need to delete the feeds (or the OPML file if possible) if you want just your newly edited feed list to appear. I've been using Feedly, and I was able to easily delete the handful of categories that the feeds were in, and then import the new OPML file.

The site says the program is "great for writing blog posts, technical notes, program code, legal briefs, product plans, to-do lists, entire websites, anything where ideas need organization" though my use is limited to cleaning out those dead RSS feeds.

The program runs on Windows and Macintosh - which versions aren't listed. It ran on my Windows 8.1 with no problem. The program is clean according to Virus Total.

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"I recently found myself needing to delete 100+ inactive feeds". Not all that surprising, as Twitter has in many cases, made dedicated newsreaders of the RSS variety obsolete. I use FeedDemon but only for those obscure sites that don't have links to either Facebook or Twitter.

Bit of an own goal your user name, "crosseyedlemon"!

That's an interesting way to use Twitter.

That is a ridiculous argument. RSS is by far superior to a truncated 140 character message. You're comparing apples and oranges here.

My intent was not to create an argument but rather to point out why Rhiannon had encountered so many discontinued RSS feeds. It's a fact that Twitter is one of the most popular sites online and a 140 character tweat can easily direct readers to articles that previously required a RSS subscription and newsreader.

I understood that. I'm not sure how many of the inactive feeds could be attributed to Twitter or some other form of die off - some weren't very active in the first place, some the technology they focused on became obsolete, some the people moved on and some I just don't know. Many I didn't delete when they stopped being active years ago - I'll go ahead and blame that on inertia, and life events that have gotten in the way of me being able to get things done in my habitual and preferred manner. ;-) In the RSS reader I've been using for quite a while, inactive feeds aren't listed - the active feeds are listed and then there's a little blurb that says something like "plus XX feeds" at the end of the list. When it got to a certain number I decided it was time to clean them out. A virtual tipping point, if you will.
I agree - apples and oranges.