Spring MVC - Generate RSS Feed Example


The following example shows how to generate RSS Feed using the Spring Web MVC Framework. To start with, let us have a working Eclipse IDE in place and then consider the following steps to develop a Dynamic Form based Web Application using the Spring Web Framework.

Step Description
1 Create a project with the name TestWeb under a package com.tutorialspoint as explained in the Spring MVC - Hello World chapter.
2 Create Java classes RSSMessage, RSSFeedViewer and RSSController under the com.tutorialspoint package.
3 Download the Rome library Rome and its dependencies rome-utils, jdom and slf4j from the same maven repository page. Put them in your CLASSPATH.
4 Create a properties file messages.properties under the SRC folder.
5 The final step is to create the content of the source and configuration files and export the application as explained below.


package com.tutorialspoint;

import java.util.Date;

public class RSSMessage {
   String title;
   String url;
   String summary;
   Date createdDate;
   public String getTitle() {
      return title;
   public void setTitle(String title) {
      this.title = title;
   public String getUrl() {
      return url;
   public void setUrl(String url) {
      this.url = url;
   public String getSummary() {
      return summary;
   public void setSummary(String summary) {
      this.summary = summary;
   public Date getCreatedDate() {
      return createdDate;
   public void setCreatedDate(Date createdDate) {
      this.createdDate = createdDate;


package com.tutorialspoint;

import java.util.ArrayList;
import java.util.List;
import java.util.Map;

import javax.servlet.http.HttpServletRequest;
import javax.servlet.http.HttpServletResponse;

import org.springframework.web.servlet.view.feed.AbstractRssFeedView;

import com.rometools.rome.feed.rss.Channel;
import com.rometools.rome.feed.rss.Content;
import com.rometools.rome.feed.rss.Item;

public class RSSFeedViewer extends AbstractRssFeedView {

   protected void buildFeedMetadata(Map<String, Object> model, Channel feed,
      HttpServletRequest request) {

      feed.setTitle("TutorialsPoint Dot Com");
      feed.setDescription("Java Tutorials and Examples");

      super.buildFeedMetadata(model, feed, request);

   protected List<Item> buildFeedItems(Map<String, Object> model,
      HttpServletRequest request, HttpServletResponse response) throws Exception {
      List<RSSMessage> listContent = (List<RSSMessage>) model.get("feedContent");
      List<Item> items = new ArrayList<Item>(listContent.size());

      for(RSSMessage tempContent : listContent ){

         Item item = new Item();

         Content content = new Content();



      return items;		


package com.tutorialspoint;

import java.util.ArrayList;
import java.util.Date;
import java.util.List;

import org.springframework.stereotype.Controller;
import org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.RequestMapping;
import org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.RequestMethod;
import org.springframework.web.servlet.ModelAndView;

public class RSSController {
   @RequestMapping(value="/rssfeed", method = RequestMethod.GET)
   public ModelAndView getFeedInRss() {

      List<RSSMessage> items = new ArrayList<RSSMessage>();

      RSSMessage content  = new RSSMessage();
      content.setTitle("Spring Tutorial");
      content.setSummary("Spring tutorial summary...");
      content.setCreatedDate(new Date());

      RSSMessage content2  = new RSSMessage();
      content2.setTitle("Spring MVC");
      content2.setSummary("Spring MVC tutorial summary...");
      content2.setCreatedDate(new Date());

      ModelAndView mav = new ModelAndView();
      mav.addObject("feedContent", items);

      return mav;


<beans xmlns = "http://www.springframework.org/schema/beans"
   xmlns:context = "http://www.springframework.org/schema/context"   
   xmlns:xsi = "http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"
   xsi:schemaLocation = "
   <context:component-scan base-package = "com.tutorialspoint" />

   <bean class = "org.springframework.web.servlet.view.BeanNameViewResolver" />

   <bean id = "rssViewer" class = "com.tutorialspoint.RSSFeedViewer" />

Here, we have created a RSS feed POJO RSSMessage and a RSS Message Viewer, which extends the AbstractRssFeedView and overrides its method. In RSSController, we have generated a sample RSS Feed.

Once you are done with creating source and configuration files, export your application. Right click on your application, use Export → WAR File option and save the TestWeb.war file in Tomcat's webapps folder.

Now, start your Tomcat server and make sure you are able to access other webpages from the webapps folder using a standard browser. Try a URL − http://localhost:8080/TestWeb/rssfeed and we will see the following screen.

Spring RSS Generation