I like readitlater; but recently I found myself wanting to share some of my tagged items with other people and couldn’t find a way to do it. I used Delicious years ago and that’s always been a much more social app, so fired that up, and looked for way to import items.
Unfortunately the export format of readitlater isn’t compatible with the import format required by Delicious; so here’s a quick python script to convert a ReadItLater exported html file to a file that Delicious’s import will accept.
Get the export
First, visit readitlaterlist.com/export and download that file somewhere; it should create
Convert to Delicious format
Copy the script below to
ril2del.py (or whatever you feel like) then run:
./ril2del.py ril_export.html converted_for_delicious.html
Import to Delicious
Then visit the Delicious import page at export.delicious.com/settings/bookmarks/import and point it at your generated file (
converted_for_delicious.html) and hey presto, you’ve got all your readitlater bookmarks in Delicious complete with tags. Read items from RiL will have an extra tag “read” and unread items have an “unread” tag.
(requires python2 and BeautifulSoup4 to be installed; you can install BeautifulSoup4 with pip)
#!/usr/bin/env python from bs4 import BeautifulSoup import sys import os def usage(): print "r2d <inputfile> <outputfile>" return 1 def first_child(list): for item in list: return item def process(ul, extraTag, output): for li in ul.find_all("li"): a = li.a replacements = dict() replacements[":tags"] = a["tags"] + "," + extraTag replacements[":time_added"] = a["time_added"] replacements[":href"] = a["href"] replacements[":content"] = first_child(a) outputString = """<DT><A HREF=":href" ADD_DATE=":time_added" PRIVATE="1" TAGS=":tags">:content</A>\n""" for key in replacements: outputString = outputString.replace(key, replacements[key]) output.write(outputString.encode("UTF-8")) def main(): args = sys.argv[1:] if len(args) != 2: return usage() infile = args outfile = args if not os.path.isfile(infile): print "Cannot read input file:", infile soup = BeautifulSoup(file(infile).read()) output = file(outfile, "w") output.write("""<!DOCTYPE NETSCAPE-Bookmark-file-1> <META HTTP-EQUIV="Content-Type" CONTENT="text/html; charset=UTF-8"> <TITLE>Bookmarks</TITLE> <H1>Bookmarks</H1> <DL><p> """) uls = soup.find_all("ul") unread = uls read = uls process(ul=unread, extraTag="unread", output=output) process(ul=read, extraTag="read", output=output) output.write("</DL><p>") if __name__ == "__main__": sys.exit(main())