How to get a Google Photos RSS feed

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Google Photo is a very effective tool to backup pictures and videos on a mobile device to your Google online services. The backup media are private by default but can be easily shared within the Google service marking them as public via a link, Google+ or creating an Album.

Build the RSS feed

To reuse an Album (made of pictures or videos) outside of the Google realm avoiding duplication, the RSS feed of the specific source should be used. This can’t be obtained from the Photos user interface but using the API as follow

http://photos.googleapis.com/data/feed/api/user/<user ID>/albumid/<album ID>?alt=rss

where the

  • <album ID>  is obtained from the album URL
  • <user ID> is obtained  from Picasa web (navigate to https://picasaweb.google.com while logged in on Google, then open an album, the big number in the URL is the user ID

Example of a working RSS feed

http://photos.googleapis.com/data/feed/api/user/105765295943114918309/albumid/5841256210457768945?alt=rss

Reference

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/16831277/google-plus-api-photos

http://justinlee.sg/2012/03/27/getting-the-media-rss-feed-from-a-google-photo-gallery/

The method to obtain the <user ID> detailed in Justin Lee blog is not usable anymore as the ID is not contained in the URL that Google provides. Use the workaround detailed above via Picasa web UI.

 

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