Converting bookmarks to Pinboard

February 24, 2012

When Delicious originally shut down, Chris Heald whipped up a site called 1r7 to pick up its slack. I used it for a while, but recently discovered Pinboard and wanted to move over my bookmarks from 1r7. The bad news was that 1r7's export feature was throwing a 500 error for me, but the good news was that between 1r7's semantic markup and Pinboard's API, it was crazy simple to write a quick script to transfer them.

#!/usr/bin/env ruby

require 'cgi'
require 'nokogiri'

api_base = ""

# Pre-assumes that you've exported each HTML page of your 1r7 bookmarks to
# "1r7p1.html", "1r7p2.html", "1r7p3.html", etc.
1.upto(2) do |page|
  doc = Nokogiri::HTML("1r7p#{page}.html"))

  # Extracts bookmark data; note that '1r7' is added to each bookmark's tags
  # for easier filtering on Pinboard
  doc.css('#content li').each do |li|
    args = {
      url:         li.at_css('h1 a')['href'],
      description: li.at_css('h1 a').content,
      tags:        (li.css('span.tags span.tag a').collect(&:content) << '1r7').join(' '),
      dt:          li.at_css('time')['datetime']

    # Map our arguments to a query string
    q = "?" + {|k,v| "#{k}=#{CGI::escape(v)}" }.join('&')

    `curl "#{api_base}#{q}"`