Photobucket RSS Feeds

Photobucket provides RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds as a quick way to monitor album activity, recent media activity, specific search terms, and categories. RSS feeds are an alternative to using the Photobucket API for searching user and group albums and for searching recent media.

Note: All Photobucket RSS feeds conform to Media RSS standards (see http://search.yahoo.com/mrss) and include a thumbnail and a link to the full image.

Any page in Photobucket that offers an RSS feed displays the RSS icon in the URL bar of your browser.

The RSS icon may also display in the bar above the footer. Because some pages offer multiple RSS feeds, there may be more than one feed option in the bar above the footer.

The same feed options that display in the bar above the footer also display when the RSS icon in the URL bar is clicked.

User Album RSS Feeds

All public albums have two RSS feed options:

Both of these subscription options are alternatives to the Get Album and Get Recent User Media methods in the API. However, unlike the API responses, neither option returns tags or descriptions.

Album feed URLs include the prefix "feed", the sub-domain, the Photobucket identifier, and the username. However, a feed for a user's NEWEST content is followed by "account.rss", while a feed for a specific user album is followed by "feed.rss". For example, a feed for a user's newest content looks similar to:

http://feed45.photobucket.com/albums/f83/[username]/account.rss

Where "feed45" indicates a feed for sub-domain 45, "albums" indicates the feed is for an album, "f83" is the Photobucket identifier, and "account.rss" indicates that the feed is for the NEWEST media in that user's albums.

A feed for content in a specific album looks similar to:

http://feed45.photobucket.com/albums/f83/[username]/[album name]/feed.rss

Where "feed45" indicates a feed for sub-domain 45, "albums" indicates the feed is for an album, "f83" is the Photobucket identifier, [album name] is the name of the album for which the feed is being created, and "feed.rss" indicates that the feed is for a specific album. Note that an RSS feed for a specific album might also monitor all user content for a user, if the user does not have sub-albums.

Use the Get User URL method to obtain the sub-domain, Photobucket identifier, and other pertinent information for setting up an Album RSS feed.

Group Album RSS Feeds

All public group albums have two RSS feed options:

Both of these subscription options are alternatives to the Get Group Album Information and Get Media for a Group Album methods in the API. However, unlike the API responses, neither option returns tags or descriptions.

Group album feed URLs include the prefix "gfeed", the sub-domain, the Photobucket identifier, and the group name. However, a feed for ALL of a group's content is followed by "account.rss", while a feed for a specific group album is followed by "feed.rss".

A feed for all content in a group looks similar to:

http://gfeed249.photobucket.com/groups/gg231/1XRIHEUQIC/account.rss

Where "gfeed249" indicates a feed for sub-domain 249, "group" indicates the feed is for a group album, "gg231" is the Photobucket identifier, "1XRIHEUQIC" is the group identifier, and "account.rss" indicates that the feed is for all group content.

Featured Home Page Category RSS Feed

A feed can be created for the Photobucket.com Home page categories.

On the Photobucket.com Home page, with the Find Stuff tab selected:

What's New RSS Feed

A feed can be created for What's New on Photobucket.com.

On the Photobucket.com Home page, with the What's New tab selected:

Media Searches and Categories

Search Term RSS Feeds

Feeds can be created based on a search term (or terms). Search feed subscriptions are an alternative to the Search Images and Search Videos methods in the API.

On the Photobucket.com web site:

  1. Enter the search term.
  2. Click Search.
  3. When the results display, click the RSS icon in the URL bar at the top. A feed is created, based on the search term(s).

For example, if "guinea pig" is the search term, when the RSS icon in the images results page is clicked, the following search feed is created:

http://feed.photobucket.com/images/guinea%20pig/feed.rss  

Each time more guinea pig images are added, the feed is updated.

RSS feeds can also be created for videos. If "guinea pig" is the search term, when the RSS icon in the video results page is clicked, the following search feed is created:

http://feed.photobucket.com/videos/guinea%20pig/feed.rss

Each time more guinea pig videos are added, the feed is updated.

Recent Media RSS Feeds

Feeds can be created from recent images and recent videos. These feeds are alternatives to the Search Images and Search Videos methods, when a search term is not entered.

On the Photobucket.com web site:

  1. Click Find Stuff.
  2. Click recent images or recent videos in the secondary menu bar, near the top of the page.
  3. Click the RSS icon in the URL bar at the top. A feed is created, based on the type of recent media. For example:

Images: http://feed.photobucket.com/recent/images/feed.rss

Videos: http://feed.photobucket.com/recent/videos/feed.rss

Category RSS Feeds

Feeds can be created for categories.

On the Photobucket.com web site: 

  1. Click Find Stuff.
  2. Click a category in the top categories or icons section.
  3. Click the RSS icon in the URL bar at the top. A feed is created, based on the selection.

Note: These are special cases of Search Term feeds. For example:

http://feed.photobucket.com/images/music%20bands%20or%20music/feed.rss

Group Searches and Categories

Search Term RSS Feeds

Feeds can be created based on a search term (or terms). A search feed subscription is an alternative to the Search Group Albums method in the API.

On the Photobucket.com web site:

  1. Enter the search term.
  2. Choose group albums from the drop-down in the search box.
  3. Click Search.
  4. When the results display, click the RSS icon in the URL bar at the top. A feed is created, based on the search term(s).

For example, if "music" is the search term, when the RSS icon in the results page is clicked, the following search feed is created:

http://feed.photobucket.com/groupalbums/music/feed.rss

Each time more "music" groups are added, the feed is updated.

Recent, Active, Most Contributors, and Competition Group RSS Feeds

Feeds can be created from most recent, most active, most contributors, and competitions group listings.

On the Photobucket.com web site:

  1. Click Group Albums.
  2. Click most active, most recent, most contributors, or contests in the secondary menu bar, near the top of the page.
  3. Click the RSS icon in the URL bar at the top. A feed is created, based on the type of recent media. For example:

Active: http://photobucket.com/groupactive/feed.rss

Recent: http://photobucket.com/grouprecent/feed.rss

Contributors: http://photobucket.com/groupcontributers/feed.rss

Contests: http://photobucket.com/groupcontests/feed.rss

Category RSS Feeds

Feeds can be created for group categories.

On the Photobucket.com web site: 

  1. Click Group Albums.
  2. Click a category in the list.
  3. Click the RSS icon in the URL bar at the top. A feed is created, based on the selection. For example:

Featured: http://feed.photobucket.com/groupcategories/Featured/feed.rss

Families: http://photobucket.com/groupcategories/Families/feed.rss