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Custom XML Import Format
Custom XML Import Format
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Written by Disqus
Updated over a week ago

We offer a custom XML import format based on the WXR (WordPress eXtended RSS) schema. This is useful for sites importing comments to Disqus in an unsupported format.


  • All fields are required even if they contain no content.

  • Only use the <dsq:remote> tag (and its children) if you're using Single Sign-On; otherwise remove it.

  • If you're manually filling in <wp:comment_author_email> make sure it's unique to each user or else all comments will display the same author name.

  • Each <item> tag can parent an infinite number of <wp:comment> tags.

  • There is a minimum character requirement for each comment message, which is 3 characters.


  • Register a test forum and importing to that forum first to work out any kinks.

  • Keep individual file sizes <50 MB each.

Example Format

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<rss version="2.0"
      <!-- title of article -->
      <title>Foo bar</title>
      <!-- absolute URI to article -->
      <!-- body of the page or post; use cdata; html allowed (though will be formatted to DISQUS specs) -->
      <content:encoded><![CDATA[Hello world]]></content:encoded>
      <!-- value used within disqus_identifier; usually internal identifier of article -->
      <!-- creation date of thread (article), in GMT. Must be YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM:SS 24-hour format. -->
      <wp:post_date_gmt>2010-09-20 09:13:44</wp:post_date_gmt>
      <!-- open/closed values are acceptable -->
        <!-- sso only; see docs -->
          <!-- unique internal identifier; username, user id, etc. -->
          <dsq:id>user id</dsq:id>
          <!-- avatar -->
        <!-- internal id of comment -->
        <!-- author display name -->
        <wp:comment_author>Foo Bar</wp:comment_author>
        <!-- author email address -->
        <!-- author url, optional -->
        <!-- author ip address -->
        <!-- comment datetime, in GMT. Must be YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM:SS 24-hour format. -->
        <wp:comment_date_gmt>2010-09-20 13:19:10</wp:comment_date_gmt>
        <!-- comment body; use cdata; html allowed (though will be formatted to DISQUS specs) -->
        <wp:comment_content><![CDATA[Hello world]]></wp:comment_content>
        <!-- is this comment approved? 0/1 -->
        <!-- parent id (match up with wp:comment_id) -->
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