For example I've came to a webpage having the following tag inside its <head> tag:

<link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" title="A blog feed" href="http://johndoe.github.com/atom.xml">

Or a blogger.com blog having both RSS and Atom feeds rels.

But my Firefox (7.0.1 on XUbuntu 11.10) doesn't indicate this! I have to view a page source code to see whether there is an RSS/Atom feed for it or not. Why? How to fix this?


In the ongoing and bizarre process of making people less aware of RSS, the RSS icon was removed from version 4 onwards.

There are extensions that restore the icon:



There may be others too...

  • Instead of adding a 3rd-party extension, I prefer using the builtin functionality, it is still present on my Firefox 22 (although hidden and disabled by default) – That Brazilian Guy Aug 9 '13 at 17:14

There are still two built-in ways how to recognize/subscribe to feeds in Firefox:

  • in "Bookmarks" menu you can subscribe to the current page's feed(s) (if any available)
  • you can add a feed icon to the toolbar (by right-clicking at the toolbar), which gets activated as soon as a feed is detected

The latter variant is preferred of course, because it informs you (visually) that a feed is availabe, while the former variant would require you to visit the Bookmarks menu.

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