Subject sums it up. Just curious if there is a trick to be able to export your reading list from Safari, any format. Where on the HD is the info stored? bookmarks.plist?


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You can convert it into XML in a Terminal/command window using:

cd ~/Library/Safari/
cp Bookmarks.plist Bookmarks.plist.xml  
plutil -convert xml1 Bookmarks.plist.xml

Yes. The file is called Bookmarks.plist and it is located in ~/Library/Safari/. This houses not only your Reading List bookmarks, but all your bookmarks.

You'll want to look for entries under the key ReadingList. They will look something like this (file viewed in xCode 4):

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Unfortunately, the plist file is stored as a binary, and you'll either have to open it using xCode or another tool that can handle binary plist files.


You can't export from Safari but you can import from Chrome

Here it is on Google support: https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/96816?hl=en

Alternatively you can open the Terminal application on a Mac (search it in Launchpad if you can't find it) and paste this:

/usr/bin/plutil -convert xml1 -o - ~/Library/Safari/Bookmarks.plist | grep -E  -o '<string>http[s]{0,1}://.*</string>' | grep -v icloud | sed -E 's/<\/{0,1}string>//g'

Hit return and it will list all your Reading List links as text which you can copy and paste elsewhere.

  • At some point this stopped working as intended. On Mojave it dumps all URLs in the file, not just the reading list.
    – Fuzzy76
    Nov 14, 2018 at 16:51

In OS X Yosemite, go to ~/Library/Safari/ReadingListArchives

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