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The IMPORTFEED function in Google Sheets is used to import an RSS or ATOM feed and display the content in a tabular format in the sheet. It requires only the URL of the feed as a parameter.


Use the IMPORTFEED formula with the syntax shown below, it has 1 required parameter and 3 optional parameters:

=IMPORTFEED(url, [query], [headers], [num_items])
  1. url (required):
    The URL of the RSS or ATOM feed to import.
  2. query (optional):
    A query to filter the results. This is an optional parameter.
  3. headers (optional):
    An optional array of headers to include in the results.
  4. num_items (optional):
    The number of items to return. This is an optional parameter.


Here are a few example use cases that explain how to use the IMPORTFEED formula in Google Sheets.

Track industry news

You can use the IMPORTFEED function to import an industry-related RSS feed and stay up to date with the latest news and developments.

Monitor competitor websites

You can use the IMPORTFEED function to monitor the blog or news section of a competitor's website and stay up to date with their latest updates.

Aggregate content

You can use the IMPORTFEED function to aggregate content from multiple sources and display it in a single sheet for easy reference.

Common Mistakes

IMPORTFEED not working? Here are some common mistakes people make when using the IMPORTFEED Google Sheets Formula:

Missing or incorrect URL

One of the most common mistakes with IMPORTFEED is not providing a valid URL. Make sure the URL is correct and enclosed in double quotes.

Incorrect query string format

If you are using the query parameter, make sure the query string is enclosed in double quotes and in the correct format.

The following functions are similar to IMPORTFEED or are often used with it in a formula:


    The IMPORTHTML function is used to import data from a table or list within an HTML page. This function is commonly used to pull data from websites and display it in a Google Sheet.


    The IMPORTDATA function imports data from a URL in CSV or TSV format into a Google Sheet. The data is automatically refreshed by Google Sheets every hour, or you can manually refresh it by clicking on the cell and selecting 'Data' > 'Refresh data'.


    The IMPORTXML formula allows you to import data from an XML or HTML document on the web. This can be useful for scraping data from websites or for importing data from APIs that return XML data. The formula takes a URL and an XPath query as inputs and returns the data that matches the query.

Learn More

You can learn more about the IMPORTFEED Google Sheets function on Google Support.