Building a Podcast RSS Feed Generator with ASP.NET Core


Podcasting has gained immense popularity as a medium for sharing content and reaching a wider audience. If you're thinking of starting a podcast or want to improve your podcasting abilities, creating an RSS feed generator can be immensely helpful. In this guide, we'll take you through the process of building a podcast RSS feed generator using ASP.NET Core.

What is Podcast RSS Feeds?

Podcast RSS feeds are XML files that contain metadata about your podcast episodes, including titles, descriptions, URLs, and publication dates. This feed allows podcast directories and platforms like Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google Podcasts to index and display your episodes to listeners.


Before we dive into coding, make sure you have the following prerequisites.

  • .NET Core SDK installed
  • A code editor like Visual Studio or Visual Studio Code

Steps to Build the Podcast RSS Feed Generator

Step 1. Create a new ASP.NET Core project.

Open your terminal or command prompt and create a new ASP.NET Core project using the following command.

dotnet new web -n PodcastFeedGenerator

Step 2. Define the Podcast Episode Model.

Create a C# class to represent a podcast episode. This class will hold the necessary properties like Title, Description, URL, PublicationDate, etc.

public class PodcastEpisode
    public string Title { get; set; }
    public string Description { get; set; }
    public string AudioUrl { get; set; }
    public string PublicationDate { get; set; }
    // Add more properties as needed

Step 3. Implement the RSS Feed Controller.

Create a controller to handle RSS feed generation. This controller will produce an XML response containing the podcast episodes.

using Microsoft.AspNetCore.Mvc;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Xml;

namespace PodcastFeedGenerator.Controllers
    public class PodcastController : ControllerBase
        private List<PodcastEpisode> _episodes; // Assume episodes are populated

        public ContentResult GetFeed()
            var xmlDoc = new XmlDocument();
            var rssNode = xmlDoc.CreateElement("rss");
            // Add XML namespaces and other required elements here

            foreach (var episode in _episodes)
                var itemNode = xmlDoc.CreateElement("item");
                // Add episode details as XML nodes within 'itemNode'


            var content = xmlDoc.InnerXml;
            return Content(content, "application/xml");

Step 4. Populate Podcast Episodes.

Populate the _episodes list in the controller with your podcast episodes' data. You can hardcode sample data or retrieve it from a database.

Step 5. Configure Routing.

In the Startup.cs file, configure routing to map the controller.

public void ConfigureServices(IServiceCollection services)

public void Configure(IApplicationBuilder app, IHostingEnvironment env)
    // Other middleware configurations

    app.UseEndpoints(endpoints =>

Testing the RSS Feed Generator

Run your ASP.NET Core application, and navigate to https://localhost:<port>/api/podcast in your browser. You should see the generated XML RSS feed containing your podcast episodes' information.


Creating a podcast RSS feed generator with ASP.NET Core allows you to manage and distribute your podcast content effectively. You can further enhance this implementation by adding features like dynamic episode updates, authentication, and more.

By following these steps, you're well on your way to building a robust podcast RSS feed generator using ASP.NET Core, enabling seamless distribution of your podcast to various platforms.

Happy podcasting :)