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The LiveJournal Backup Toolkit

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  • Export to Plain Text (the reason I created this really, so I can store all reformatted backups in GMail
  • Export to CSV (A wee little different from LJ’s, as you’ll see!)
  • Export to Movable Type
  • Instructions on how you can export to WordPress , pMachine and Drupal
  • Ability to set private entries as drafts when exporting to the above blog engines
  • Ability to export only public or only private entries, or both
  • Ability to export optional export items like music or moods of each entry
  • Ability to strip HTML from exports
  • Works with the XML Backups generated by LJ.


Download Options:

  • You can download only the binary by clicking here (66 KB)
  • You can download the binary including setup wrapper, which can be uninstalled through the Control Panel, by clicking here (335 KB)
  • You can download the .NET 1.1/C# code by clicking here (444KB)

May 29th, 2004 at 12:36 pm

Excellent job. That is pretty full featured…

May 30th, 2004 at 2:01 am

looking nice, thanks.

May 30th, 2004 at 3:14 am

Weird, when it starts, it only gives me a single button allowing me to choose, but not create, an xml or lj file for backup… Since I don’t have one and I can’t create one, that’s kind of useless.

May 30th, 2004 at 3:23 am

This actually has a GUI too? Wow! I’ll try it out once I decide to move to MT 3.0.

Mikhail Esteves
May 30th, 2004 at 2:56 pm

Al, you need to export using LiveJournal. See the How-To in the Help menu of the application. Once you have the XML file that LJ generates, you can use this application to export that into any supported format.

August 5th, 2004 at 9:25 pm

RTFM apparently, sorry!

But for people who are reading this, but not the docs, make sure you leave ALL the fields checked when exporting from LJ.

October 6th, 2004 at 7:24 pm

Useful Link

October 11th, 2004 at 7:28 am

Is this software ONLY for Windows XP?
I’m using 98, and Microsoft Update
will not give me the option to install
.NET Framework 1.1.

I can’t start the software without
.NET Framework 1.1, but there’s NO HELP
FILES that I can look at without starting
the software… and nothing helpful on
the site that I see… so I’m going
to try something different. :P

October 12th, 2004 at 7:18 pm

Hmm… I wouldn’t know about that. I’ve only used it with XP. If the .NET Framework 1.1 can be installed on Windows 98, it would definitely work :)

And no, there are no help files. The utility is pretty straight forward.

October 15th, 2004 at 2:11 pm

awesome job… works like a charm

Mark Ryan
April 4th, 2007 at 3:06 pm

Cool, convenient… thanks


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