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
    Commented Jul 10, 2011 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.
    – John
    Commented Jul 11, 2011 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
    Commented Jul 11, 2011 at 13:38
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    Would you mind up-voting my question then to help out please? Thanks.
    – John
    Commented Jul 13, 2011 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
    Commented Jul 13, 2011 at 17:01

2 Answers 2


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
    Commented Jul 21, 2011 at 13:58
  • Love to hear feedback from you.
    – palaniraja
    Commented Jul 22, 2011 at 20:15
  • I'm sorry, but I don't get that statement.
    – Odinulf
    Commented Jul 23, 2011 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
    Commented Jul 23, 2011 at 4:41
  • Sorry, I've been away from Mac. I will give this a test. Sounds great, thanks. I'll report back soon.
    – John
    Commented Jul 24, 2011 at 22:52

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

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