How to export Google Reader feeds into OPML

Posted: January 10, 2009 in science & technology
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Google Reader makes it easy to export your feeds into OPML in four simple steps:


Open Google Reader and go to Settings


In Settings select Import/Export tab


Click on the link Export your subscriptions as an OPML file


Check Save File option and click OK

  1. Correct me if I’m being an idiot, but isn’t that an xml file you exported? How do I get the .opml extension?

  2. Graham Stirling says:

    Q the S, you are NOT being an idiot!! This gives the user an XML file at the end of the process, whbich is no good to man nor beast!

  3. any ideas how to convert from xml to opml?


  4. delphinus87 says:

    If you’re using OS X, you can use Get Info in the Finder to change the extension from .XML to .OPML. Perhaps you could try opening it in a Text Editor and saving it as a .OPML file?

  5. Bugs says:

    I would never say anyone is an idiot for asking a question (the proper term is “noob”, not idiot). opml files ARE a special kind of xml file. if you look inside the exported google…xml (using any standard text editor, ultraedit or bbedit for example, but not Word or Pages) file the first two lines are:

    if your rss aggregator doesn’t like OPML files with XML extensions (well, you might want to get a better written rss aggregator program, but aside from that) you can just rename the file from .xml .opml

  6. Bugs says:

    i forgot that google would not display the XML lines here. the first two lines of the XML file are:

    ?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”UTF-8″?
    opml version=”1.0″

    (i removed the chevrons so the lines should show..)

  7. Lord Kaladar says:

    Thanks for tip here.

    In my case, I needed to export my feed for Pocket Cast. In this case, I had to rename the XML to TXT and then open it and choose the App.

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