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Pinterest does not provide a proper export feature. How can I export all my pins and boards from Pinterest, in order to move to another bookmark manager such as Raindrop.io?

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Update

I forked the Pinback tool and made the changes I describe below, so you can simply use my fork and it should work immediately.

Original Post

Raindrop advises that those wanting to migrate from Pinterest should use the Pinback tool, and my searching was unable to locate any other option.

However, when I tried to use Pinback to export my pins, I received the following message, even though I was on my profile page:

Log in and visit your profile (pinterest.com/username) or board to start.

Looking through the code, I discovered that it contains a regular expression to extract your username from the web address. That regular expression would have worked if I was using pinterest.com, but it did not work because my account is on pinterest.com.au. The way I got it to work was to:

  • right-click the bookmarklet on my bookmarks bar and select Edit
  • copy the code into a text editor
  • locate the URL-encoded regular expression near the beginning
    • %2F%5Ehttps%3A%5C%2F%5C%2Fwww.pinterest.%5Ba-z.%5D%7B2%2C5%7D%5C%2F%28%5Ba-z0-9_%5D%7B1%2C30%7D%29%2Fi
  • decode it
    • /^https:\/\/www.pinterest.[a-z.]{2,5}\/([a-z0-9_]{1,30})/i
  • modify it for more relaxed matching
    • /^https:\/\/www\.pinterest\..*?\/([a-z0-9_]{1,30})/i
  • encode it
    • %2F%5Ehttps%3A%5C%2F%5C%2Fwww%5C.pinterest%5C..%2A%3F%5C%2F%28%5Ba-z0-9_%5D%7B1%2C30%7D%29%2Fi
  • replace the relevant section of the code in the text editor
  • copy the new code back to my browser as the new code for the bookmarklet

After I made these changes the bookmarklet worked properly, generating a downloadable HTML file containing all my pins, arranged into groups representing my boards. I was able to import this file straight into Raindrop.

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You can request a copy of your data from Pinterest https://help.pinterest.com/en/article/download-your-pinterest-data

  1. Go to settings https://www.pinterest.com/settings
  2. Go to "Privacy and data" https://www.pinterest.com/settings/privacy
  3. In the "Request your data" section, click "Start request"
  4. They will send you a link to the file with your exported data

By the looks of the exported html, it looks that you get a list of boards and a list of pins, but no information about which pin belongs to which board.

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  • no information about which pin belongs to which board, which makes it completely and totally useless. Commented Feb 9 at 0:06

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