Backup and restore the datastore file

Backup the file data/datastore.php (by FTP or SSH). Restore by putting the file back in place.

Example command:

rsync -avzP datastore-$(date +%Y-%m-%d_%H%M).php

To export links as an HTML file, under Tools > Export, choose:

  • Export all to export both public and private links
  • Export public to export public links only
  • Export private to export private links only

Restore by using the Import feature.

Example command:

./ --url= --username=myusername --password=mysupersecretpassword --download-dir=./ --type=all


If you export your bookmark from Diigo, make sure you use the Delicious export, not the Netscape export. (Their Netscape export is broken, and they don't seem to be interested in fixing it.)

Mister Wong

See this issue for import tweaks.


To correctly import the tags from a SemanticScuttle HTML export, edit the HTML file before importing and replace all occurences of tags= (lowercase) to TAGS= (uppercase).


Shaarli cannot import data directly from Scuttle.

However, you can use the third-party scuttle-to-shaarli tool to export the Scuttle database to the Netscape HTML format compatible with the Shaarli importer.


You can use the third-party tool Derefind to convert bookmark exports to a format that can be imported into Shaarli.

  • Export your Shaarli links as described above.
    • For compatibility reasons, check Prepend note permalinks with this Shaarli instance's URL (useful to import bookmarks in a web browser)
  • In Firefox, open the bookmark manager (not the sidebar! Bookmarks menu > Show all bookmarks or Ctrl+Shift+B)
  • Select Import and Backup > Import bookmarks in HTML format

Your bookmarks will be imported in Firefox, ready to use, with tags and descriptions retained. "Self" (notes) shaares will still point to the Shaarli instance you exported them from, but the note text can be viewed directly in the bookmark properties inside your browser. Depending on the number of bookmarks, the import can take some time.

You may be interested in these Firefox addons to manage links imported from Shaarli