Get Feedburner Count Using get_transient and wp_remote_get

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Do you want to get the feedburner subscribers count using functions? While there’s probably a plugin for this, we have created a quick code snippet that you can use to get feedburner count using get_transient and wp_remote_get functions.


All you have to do is add this code to your theme’s functions.php file or in a site-specific plugin:

function feed_subscribers(){
        $feed_url = 'http://feeds.feedburner.com/yourname';
        $count = get_transient('feed_count');

        if ($count != false) return $count;
	$count = 0;
        $data  = wp_remote_get('http://feedburner.google.com/api/awareness/1.0/GetFeedData?uri='.$feed_url.'');
   if (is_wp_error($data)) {
        return 'error';
	$body = wp_remote_retrieve_body($data);
	$xml = new SimpleXMLElement($body);
	$status = $xml->attributes();
	if ($status == 'ok') {
		$count = $xml->feed->entry->attributes()->circulation;
	} else {
		$count = 300; // fallback number
	set_transient('feed_count', $count, 60*60*24); // 24 hour cache
	echo $count;

Add this code snippet to your WordPress theme file where you want to display the RSS feed subscriber count.

<? feed_subscribers(); ?>

Note: If this is your first time adding code snippets in WordPress, then please refer to our guide on how to properly copy / paste code snippets in WordPress, so you don’t accidentally break your site.

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Comments   Leave a Reply

  1. I’m getting this error “SimpleXMLElement::__construct() [simplexmlelement.–construct]: Entity: line 2: parser error : AttValue: ”

    It was working fine but recently it’s throwing up these errors. Any idea?


  2. should be added echo into the second snippet 🙂

    1. just add the second snippet in the location you wish to display the feed count.

  3. I think the second should be as  In that state the snippet doesn’t show anything. Well, in correct state the snippet do count much more than normal count.

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