Apple News Knowledge Base

Untitled-27 Back to Project

Getting Started with Apple News Untitled-27

Getting Started with FlatPlan Untitled-27

Growing Untitled-27

Resources Untitled-27

Technical Requirements

FlatPlan handles the display and distribution of your content. All we need from you is the content, delivered via an RSS/Atom feed. For most publishers, the ‘full’ feed that comes as standard with their CMS will be sufficient, but below we have listed our feed requirements. Please ensure your feed meets these standards.

We need your feed to be valid, well-structured and contain everything we need. By this, we mean:

  • Valid: confirmed by W3C validator as ‘valid’
  • Well-structured: following the guidance below
  • Everything we need: features every story you wish to appear on Apple News in its entirety

Feed details and structure


FlatPlan supports RSS 2.0 or Atom


We fetch your feed regularly so we only require the most recent stories – 20 or 30 items will be enough

Character encoding

FlatPlan only supports UTF-8


FlatPlan requires the following namespaces

TypeURLRecommended Namespace
DCMI Metadata Terms
RDF Site Summary 1.0 Modules: Content
FlatPlan format extension
Media syndication

Elements(RSS 2.0)


Specifies XML document version and character code

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>


Specifies RSS version and namespaces.

<rss version="2.0" xmlns:media="" xmlns:flatplan="" xmlns:dc="" xmlns:content="" > ... </rss>


A description of your website

Sub ElementRequiredExplanationExample
Title of the publication (HTML not supported) The Daily News
URL of the publication
Published date and time (must comply with RFC822) Sun, 14 Oct 2019 05:00:00 GMT
The last date and time the content of the feed was updatedMon, 15 Oct 2019 07:23:00 GMT
A category to which the feed belongsNews
Human-readable copyright of the feed's contentCopyright 2019 The Daily News
Articles (explained below) See below


Describes each article

Sub ElementRequiredExplanationExample
Unique numerical identifier of the article098765
Title of the article (HTML not supported)FlatPlan launches another publication on Apple News
Canonical URL of article
Date and time the article was published (must comply with RFC822)Mon, 15 Oct 2019 07:23:00 GMT
< media:thumbnail>
The URL of an image to represent the article. Will be used in the article feeds and as the lead image of the article (send largest available version)
Author of the aricleA.N. Other
All elements of the article including text, images, media and embedsSee below
The introduction to the articleThe latest publication makes full use of Apple News format with minimal effort
The category the article pertains toNews

Allowed HTML elements

Inside <content:encoded>

Ensure the following:

  • Content is suitable for presentation as HTML with appropriate tags and be encoded as character data.
  • Data included that precedes <content:encoded> to describe the article is not also included in <content:encoded>

View a sample RSS document on Github.

Validation Tool

Please refer to

Disallowed Characters

If characters which are not allowed by XML specification are included in a document, we can not parse them correctly. For more information about XML specification, please see

Date Format of <pubDate>

The value of <pubDate> must be specified in accordance with RFC822 (


Please specify a timezone using one of the following notations:

  • Greenwich Mean Time (GMT or +0000)
  • Timezone to which the website belongs (eg. PST or -0800 for New York)

For example, the following are correct notation to express “May 1, 2019 15:00:00 (PST)“:

  • Wed, 1 May 2019 23:00:00 GMT
  • Wed, 1 May 2019 15:00:00 -0800


For language settings follow these guidelines for support codes


Supported image types are JPEG (.jpeg or .jpg) GIF, or PNG.

The minimum size of the image must be 300 px wide x 300 px high.

The aspect ratio (width ÷ height) must be between 0.5 and 3.0.



Find out more about FlatPlan

More information Untitled-27