Convert safaribooksonline ebook to epub and Kindle mobi format
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Convert safaribooksonline ebook to epub and Kindle mobi format


WARNING: use at your own risk.


  1. If you want Kindle mobi output, download kindlegen from Amazon and put the binary somewhere in PATH.

    If you only need epub books this step can be skipped.

  2. Clone the safaribooks repo, let's say to safaribooks/ directory.

  3. Make sure you have Python 2 installed (Tested version Python 2.7) then run:

    cd safaribooks

    pip install .

    safaribooks is the folder you checkout the code.

  4. Download a book (run this in the folder you checked out the code).

safaribooks -u USER/EMAIL -p PASSWORD -b BOOK_ID download-epub.

BOOK_ID is the id in url such as 9781617291920 in

An epub and a mobi file will be generated.

Installation with docker

With credit to @jmagnusson

This should work no matter platform you're on as no dependencies other than docker needs to be installed.

  1. Run docker build -t safaribooks .

  2. Run docker run -it --rm -v $(pwd)/converted:/app/converted safaribooks -u USER/EMAIL -p PASSWORD -b BOOK_ID download and wait for it to complete

  3. The .epub and .mobi should now be in the folder converted of your current working directory.

Command line usage

usage: safaribooks [-h] [-o OUTPUT_DIRECTORY] [-u USER] [-p PASSWORD] [-c COOKIE]
                   [-b BOOK_ID]
                   {download-epub,download,convert-to-mobi} ...

Crawl Safari Books Online book content

positional arguments:
    download-epub       Download as epub
    download            Download as epub, and convert to mobi
    convert-to-mobi     Convert existing epub file to mobi.

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
                        Directory where converted files are located / should
                        be placed
  -u USER, --user USER  Safari Books Online user / e-mail address
  -p PASSWORD, --password PASSWORD
                        Safari Books Online password
  -b BOOK_ID, --book-id BOOK_ID
                        Safari Books Online book ID
  -c COOKIE, --cookie COOKIE 
                        Safari Books Online Cookie. This filed can be retrieved by
                        using Chrome and copying request as curl. Cookie input should
                        be included in ''.
                        'BrowserCookie=XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX; sessionid=XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX;' etc.

Create an issue if you find it does not work!