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Export (Backup) Notes in Mountain Lion?

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Stema001 Level 1 Level 1 (110 points)
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Aug 3, 2012 3:35 AM

Dear Apple Community,

 

is there any possiblity to export the notes in mountain lion?

 

On Lion I could export the notes!

MacBook Pro (13-inch Early 2011), OS X Mountain Lion
  • akiraabe Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 8, 2012 6:46 AM (in response to Stema001)

    As far as I know, the notes in mountain lion are located in your ~/Library/Containers/com.apple.Notes/Data/Library/Notes/ folder.

    Make copies of your SQLite files in a different location to a desired location.

  • William Lloyd Level 6 Level 6 (19,215 points)
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    Aug 10, 2012 10:33 AM (in response to Stema001)

    Your notes are stored in a Core Data database.

     

    The location is ~/Library/Containers/com.apple.Notes/Library/Notes/

     

    There are 2 or 3 files in there, called NotesV1.storedata (stuff).

     

    Note on Mountain Lion, that the ~/Library folder is hidden by default which explains why you can't see it.

     

    There is no way that I'm aware of to do mass import or export of notes from within the Notes application.  However, Notes is AppleScriptable so you could write an AppleScript that would do it.  This obviously requires knowing enough AppleScript to do it.

     

    You can Google for something like "Notes.app" "mountain lion" "import" and find stuff, like this:

     

    http://macscripter.net/viewtopic.php?id=39166

     

    That's to import.  You could reverse the script to export stuff.

  • etresoft Level 7 Level 7 (23,900 points)
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    Aug 10, 2012 11:27 AM (in response to Stema001)

    Stema001 wrote:

     

    The library folder I see (on ML), but the Containers folder isn't there.

     

    The export function is very important for me. I use it at backup. If iCloud has any problem and deletes my notes I still have my backup (export)!

    You are probably looking at the wrong Library folder. I can assure you that the Containers folder is in the right place. You shouldn't really go looking for it, however. You also shouldn't be backing up manually. That is a disaster waiting to happen. Just turn on Time Machine and everything will get backed up automatically. If you store all of your notes in iCloud, they will be backed up and available on all of your devices.

  • etresoft Level 7 Level 7 (23,900 points)
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    Aug 10, 2012 12:41 PM (in response to Stema001)

    Probably because the text in Notes can be easily copied to the clipboard whereas the ICS exports in Reminders is not so straightforward.

  • Apple-Skin Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 28, 2012 10:24 PM (in response to Stema001)

    I also am very frustrated,

    to the point that I may abandon my mac for writing and go back to IBM PC.

    I do dozens of notes a day in rough manuscript, notes while on the run,

    and having to copy them out each night, exhausted, one by one just isn't worth it.

    I'll just e-mail them to my IBM if I can't export them from Mac Mountain Lion.

    Then I can form them into my manuscript easily enough by e-mail export.

    Removing features to "improve" the product is an old Bill Gates dodge,

    unworthy of Steve Jobs' memory, and apple customers.

    You keep down  that road, and the penguin will eat the apple, moountain lion and all.

  • Lucky13 Level 2 Level 2 (185 points)
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    Aug 29, 2012 4:34 AM (in response to Stema001)

    Do you have to use the Notes app provided by Apple? Is direct syncing of notes with an iOS device a requirement for you?

     

    If not, then why not use a third-party notetaking app? Many are available with more features, more functions and a wide range of import/export options. They can also offer a much better, Mac-standard interface.

     

    Browse the App Store and see what's there. I use an app from Apimac titled Notepad. It runs well under Mountain Lion and has numerous export choices.

  • iAlias Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
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    Aug 29, 2012 4:37 AM (in response to Stema001)

    You can access the ~/Library folder by opening Finder, selecting Go in the menu, hold down the option/alt key and select Library from that menu.

  • LambdaEnt Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 11, 2012 9:17 PM (in response to akiraabe)

    Sorry, akiraabe, you go the path wrong. Missing the Data folder:

    ~/Library/Containers/com.apple.Notes/Data/Library/Notes/

     

    Close though! Thanks

  • SMRS Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Jan 2, 2013 7:05 AM (in response to iAlias)

    Oh wow.  I had to sign in to just say thanks... I've never heard of that option shortcut... THANK YOU!

  • swriviera Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 15, 2013 8:32 AM (in response to William Lloyd)

    William Lloyd wrote:

     

    Your notes are stored in a Core Data database.

     

    The location is ~/Library/Containers/com.apple.Notes/Library/Notes/

     

    There are 2 or 3 files in there, called NotesV1.storedata (stuff).

     

    Note on Mountain Lion, that the ~/Library folder is hidden by default which explains why you can't see it.

     

    There is no way that I'm aware of to do mass import or export of notes from within the Notes application.  However, Notes is AppleScriptable so you could write an AppleScript that would do it.  This obviously requires knowing enough AppleScript to do it.

     

    You can Google for something like "Notes.app" "mountain lion" "import" and find stuff, like this:

     

    http://macscripter.net/viewtopic.php?id=39166

     

    That's to import.  You could reverse the script to export stuff.

    You have got to be kidding!!!!

    I looked at the page you reference.

    One of the biggest selling points for me to get an apple was that I could use time machine to recuperate "lost" items.

    This is WAY too complicated!!

     

    Any easier solutions?

     

    Thanks

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