How to Add RSS Feed Readers to Firefox

Mozilla Firefox by default supports only three Web feed readers: Bloglines, Yahoo! and Google Reader. You can, however, add as many providers as you like, and use any of them as your subscription manager. For this, you’ll need to do a couple of about:config tweaks, and add some preferences. Here is the way to add a new RSS feed reader to Firefox..

  • Under about:config, create a new preference by right-clicking on any preference and selecting  New >
  • Enter “browser.contentHandlers.types .6.title” for the preference name. Then enter the URL of whichever service you want to use. Lets say, Newsgator, for example (
  • As you add more Web feed readers, you will need to change the “6” to the next number. 6 happens to be the first available.
  • Create a new preference and enter “browser.contentHandlers.types.6.type” for the preference name.
  • Enter “application/vnd.mozilla.maybe.feed” for the value.
  • Create yet another preference name and enter “browser.contentHandlers.types.6. uri” for the preference name, and “” for the preference value.
  • You’re done.

Just restart Firefox and you can access your new RSS feed reader and can subscribe feeds directly using Firefox.

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June 25, 2009 by: Prasanth Chandra


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