Exporting or backing up Delicious bookmarks

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December 17, 2010 by MMIT

Amidst the turmoil at Yahoo comes the news that the Delicious bookmarking service will more than likely be shut down. This is yet another reminder of some of the downsides of cloud-based services as many people (like me!) have years worth of bookmarks filed away and now at risk of disappearing into thin virtual air.

There are a number of ways you can backup or export your bookmarks if you’re not ready to automatically import them into another bookmarking service. You can export them as an HTML file from the Delicious dashboard in a few easy steps. JISC Digital Media have a handy screencast to take you through this process.

To save them as an XML file [1], you can navigate to  https://api.del.icio.us/v1/posts/all and type your username and password in the dialog that appears. This will show you a blank page but if you view the source code you can see that it’s given you all your links in XML format. Just save the file and you’ll have a backup of your account.

If you have command line chops (and you happen to be using either a Mac or Linux), you can run:
curl -k --user username:password -o backup.xml -O 'https://api.del.icio.us/v1/posts/all'

There are lots of discussion around alternatives to Delicious but I’m yet to find one that really strikes a chord so suggestions, as always, are welcome in the comments.


1. Hat tip to Ryan Laws on the TechCruch comments for this solution.

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