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Private Plone RSS feeds through a user private token

Project description

Access your Plone RSS feeds as authenticated user.


Actually, authenticated users in Plone site may read content that are not available to anonymous users. But when subscribing to a Plone RSS feed they can only view items that are available to anonymous users. Just because the RSS readers such as Google Reader do not - and cannot - provide feature to provide authentication cookie or header to authenticate on the feed URL.

aws.authrss gives to the authenticated users a dedicated and private link to the Plone RSS feeds. Such feeds provide all elements the user is entitled to view, when authenticated in the Plone site with a browser, and of course, relevant to the feed (Folder, Collection, …)

Each user may have a private token he can change every times he wants in his personal preferences. This token is part of the query string of the authenticated RSS field, and identifies the user only for the RSS feeds.

A control panel for site administrators gives the possibility to prune private tokens of removed users.

Plays with

Plone 4.1 only as this component is still a baby. Plone 4.0 support should not be that difficult (contributors are welcome).


Production site

As usual in your zc.buildout configuration:

recipe = plone.recipe.zope2instance
eggs =

Development site

Developers of aws.authrss should use this:

recipe = plone.recipe.zope2instance
eggs =


Available upgrades may be executed from the portal_setup tool of your Plone site in the Upgrades tab.


aws.authrss comes with its own tokens manager that stores tokens in an OOBtree. See the module aws.authrss.tokenmanager.DefaulttokenManager.

You may provide your own tokens manager registering an utility that implements aws.authrss.interfaces.ITokenManager in your component’s override.zcml. Then install this local utility using a GenericSetup componentregistry.xml file like this one:

<?xml version="1.0"?>


This Plone component is sponsored by Alter Way

Planned features

Provide the same authenticated RSS feeds to search results but this requires to override the standard search template machinery, and I hate overriding templates. Patches are welcome.

Do not assign tokens to users authenticated from an user folder that’s not in the Plone site.

Add unit tests to KSS handlers (Any help appreciated).




  • Fixed packaging issues. [glenfant]


  • First public version [glenfant]

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