Is there a way I can import my ReadItLater's exported html file into my Instapaper?

  • Are you exporting one article or a raft of them in one file? – bmike Jul 10 '11 at 16:42
  • It's one exported html file acquired via the complementary export feature at Read It Later, but I have around 1500 entries in my Read It Later list. Now that Instapaper has search too, I would prefer to use Instapaper for many reasons. – Randy6T9 Jul 11 '11 at 5:52
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    Since instapaper doesn't crawl a list of links on the server side, but expects the text to be downloaded by another app, and it saves the text you see, is not a good fit for importing a HTML dump. you'll need to find or craft a tool to iterate over the list and upload that data to your instapaper account. Hopefully someone know of or makes that tool and replies since both are popular tools. – bmike Jul 11 '11 at 13:38
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    Would you mind up-voting my question then to help out please? Thanks. – Randy6T9 Jul 13 '11 at 6:05
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    Sure - there needs to be an app for that. From the remarks I've seen - marco doesn't intend his service to hold everything - just a curated list of carefully added links. Bulk import isn't likely what he's shooting for. Until you find an app - look to pinboard.in pinboard.in/upgrade at $25 a year. Maciej has written your app - just he stores the text on his server - not instapaper's. I use both and am most happy with the combo. – bmike Jul 13 '11 at 17:01

Though I don't have a tool now, I guess it can be done in couple of ways. Yes, no one click solution.

  1. Email each url to your personal instapaper id (Refer this Lifehacker article)
  2. Can parse your export list and use simple API from Instapaper to add the links to your account. Refer API docs


As I said earlier, it is not a one click solution but doable. As a matter of fact, I did create an extension for chrome to do this. Here is the link http://minus.com/mc3va2C

Update 2:

The source of the extension is available @ https://github.com/palaniraja/RIL2Insta

  • This isn't an answer to what @HandyRandy was asking at all. – Odinulf Jul 21 '11 at 13:58
  • Love to hear feedback from you. – palaniraja Jul 22 '11 at 20:15
  • I'm sorry, but I don't get that statement. – Odinulf Jul 23 '11 at 0:37
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    @odiniulf I've updated my answer. It is just a beta version. It would be great if you can test and give feedback – palaniraja Jul 23 '11 at 4:41
  • Sorry, I've been away from Mac. I will give this a test. Sounds great, thanks. I'll report back soon. – Randy6T9 Jul 24 '11 at 22:52

No, there is no way of doing this. With those applications.

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