How to find sitemap.xml path on websites?


How can I find sitemap.xml file of websites?

e.g. Going to stackoverflow/sitemap.xml gets me a 404.

In stackoverflow/robots.txt is written the following:

"this technically isn't valid, since for some godforsaken reason sitemap paths must be ABSOLUTE and not relative. Sitemap: /sitemap.xml"

This question is tagged with web-crawler sitemap

~ Asked on 2012-04-19 16:42:21

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I don't think there's a standard as to the location of the sitemap. That's the reason why you should specify an arbitrary URL to your sitemap when you're adding one using Google's Webmaster Tools.

~ Answered on 2012-04-19 16:50:18


There is no standard, so there is no guarantee. With that said, its common for the sitemap to be self labeled and on the root, like this:

Case is sensitive on some servers, so keep that in mind. If its not there, look in the robots file on the root:

If you don't see it listed in the robots file head to Google and search this: filetype:xml

This will limit the results to XML files on your target domain. At this point its trial-and-error and based on the specifics of the website you are working with. If you get several pages of results from the Google search phrase above then try to limit the results further:

filetype:xml inurl:sitemap


filetype:xml inurl:products

If you still can't find it you can right-click > "View Source" and do a search (aka: "control find" or Ctrl + F) for .xml to see if there is a reference to it in the code.

~ Answered on 2013-06-06 04:44:35

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