Skip navigation

How do I export my safari 5.1 Reading list?

14384 Views 12 Replies Latest reply: Dec 10, 2013 6:58 AM by JIHO 069 RSS
JIHO 069 Calculating status...
Currently Being Moderated
Aug 4, 2011 10:22 AM

Does anyone know how to export an iMac's Safari 5.1 reading list to a Macbook Pro (with Safari 5.1 too)?


Thank You in advance

Safari 5.1, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • Asos Illusionist Calculating status...
    Currently Being Moderated
    Sep 15, 2011 3:41 AM (in response to JIHO 069)

    i'd also like to know how to

  • Claude Belcourt Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Sep 15, 2011 3:49 AM (in response to Asos Illusionist)

    me too

  • Asos Illusionist Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Sep 15, 2011 3:54 AM (in response to Claude Belcourt)

    Well from what i've searched today i've come out with "something" like a result to our problem.


    All Reading List data is stored inside a file called Bookmarks.plist located in ~/Library/Safari


    but, it's in binary format.


    We can open this with Xcode or if you don't have it by doing some Terminal work

    cd ~/Library/Safari/

    plutil -convert xml1 Bookmarks.plist

    That makes it readable by any text editor.


    Inside there there are all bookmarks, but also the ones from Reading List.


    Well thats is what i've got now, i'll try overwriting'em on my new MBP tomorrow and post results..


    hope i helped..

  • Asos Illusionist Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Sep 15, 2011 4:02 AM (in response to JIHO 069)

    JIHO 069 wrote:


    What about just moving the Bookmarks.plist file between computers?.....

    Well.. i've gonna try this tomorrow..!!

  • beckmart Calculating status...
    Currently Being Moderated
    Jan 13, 2012 7:41 PM (in response to JIHO 069)

    This is an interesting question, but there seems to be no answer yet. :-(


    I'd also like to export the reading list in Safari 5,

    My reading list is full of too many interesting links ad I want to sort them and save them at another place.


    that means "convert the URLs saved in the reading list to normal bookmarks which can be searched"


    Is there a way to do that by modifying the plist file which converts the entries of the reading list to a normal bookmarks directory?

  • Capitán Futuro Calculating status...
    Currently Being Moderated
    Mar 12, 2012 3:13 PM (in response to JIHO 069)

    Hello JIHO 069,


    I supposed that the computers you are refering to are not sharing the same iCloud account, otherwise the same reading list would be synchronised in a wizz to both of them. The fastest and cleanest way to export a reading list is actually not exporting it but synchronising it from iCloud to the computer you want to deploy it to. Having said that, the only thing you have got to do is:


    1) In the computer where you want to see your reading list, log out from your current iCloud account and log in to the specific reading list's iCloud account.

    2) Deselect all sync services but Safari bookmarks.

    3) Open Safari and make sure your reading list has synchronised (please notice the pop up query for the merging of your bookmarks)

    4) Logout from iCloud and log in back to the original iCloud account if there is one.


    It worked for me like a charm. Have a good day.

  • Marshneiderr Calculating status...
    Currently Being Moderated
    Oct 24, 2012 10:18 AM (in response to JIHO 069)

    There's a clunky way to do this.

    Go to your Library/Safari directory and tar and compress the ReadingListArchive directory and mail it (or ftp if you can) to yourself. Also mail the ReadingList file in same directory. Then go to your target system where you want to see the reading list and copy / extract them to the same path.


    I did this but first shut safari down. If you have a reading list you need to preserve in the target system, I would create a special bookmarks folder and add them to that folder before copying the above files as the ReadingList file  will be overwritten. It's a binary so cat'ing the two files together probably wont work.



  • Billish Calculating status...
    Currently Being Moderated
    Dec 10, 2013 6:18 AM (in response to JIHO 069)

    Well, I see a lot of the suggestions in this thread, but....


    Since it's now 2013, here's an update on this question that doesn't involve Terminal commands (aka UNIX shell commands)...LOL.  Specifically, you may be able to use Google Chrome as an intermediary like so:


    1.  Try using the latest version of Google Chrome to import FROM Safari on the iMac.  Chrome apparently puts the links from one's Reading List into a Chrome bookmarks folder named


    2.  Export your Chrome bookmarks to a file on your iMac

    (e.g., like so....


    3.  Move the file to the MacBook Pro, then import it into Safari on that machine using the Safari->File->Import Bookmarks menu option


    4. Delete everything you didn't want to import into Safari except the Reading List folder


More Like This

  • Retrieving data ...

Bookmarked By (4)


  • This solved my question - 10 points
  • This helped me - 5 points
This site contains user submitted content, comments and opinions and is for informational purposes only. Apple disclaims any and all liability for the acts, omissions and conduct of any third parties in connection with or related to your use of the site. All postings and use of the content on this site are subject to the Apple Support Communities Terms of Use.