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When [I quit LiveJournal][quit] I worried that some future owner of
the site would do something distasteful with my data -- like decide
that my private posts should be made public. I wrote two quick
scripts: one to archive all my posts locally, and one to delete them
from the site one by one.

After writing over the years two or three LJ exporters into different
formats, I came to realize the most future-proof archive is plain
text. So this program saves each post into an individual text file
with the post metadata listed like RFC822 mail headers at the top.

WARNING: I wrote this years ago and only thought to publish it now.
From a skim through the code it appears to only save a listed set of
post metadata (subject, date, etc.). If I were to write it now I'd
have it instead just save any attributes provided by the LiveJournal
export protocol. The difference is that there is other post metadata
(like "current music" or whatever) that LJ added over the years that
this doesn't save. Oh well, too late now -- I only cared about the
post text anyway.

WARNING 2: You'll need to adjust the code to use it on your own
content. Don't worry, it's pretty simple.

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import livejournal
import os
import getpass

print 'This will irrevocably delete all entries. Be very sure.'
lj = livejournal.LJ('evan', getpass.getpass())
itemids = os.listdir('out')
for itemid in itemids:
if itemid != '1':
print 'deleting', itemid
try:'editevent', itemid=itemid, event='')
except livejournal.ProtocolException, e:
print e
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import livejournal
import os
import getpass
import urllib

lj = livejournal.LJ('evan', getpass.getpass(), 'evan_tech')

def dump_entries(dirname, response):
"""Given a getevents response, dump all the entries into files
named by itemid.
Return the set of itemids received."""
all_itemids = set()

props = {}
for i in range(1, int(response.get('prop_count', 0)) + 1):
itemid = response['prop_%d_itemid' % i]
name = response['prop_%d_name' % i]
value = response['prop_%d_value' % i]
if itemid not in props:
props[itemid] = {}
props[itemid][name] = value

for i in range(1, int(response.get('events_count', 0)) + 1):
itemid = response['events_%d_itemid' % i]
with open('%s/%s' % (dirname, itemid), 'w') as outfile:
fields = ('itemid',
for field in fields:
key = 'events_%d_%s' % (i, field)
if key in response:
print >>outfile, field + ':', response[key]
if itemid in props:
for key, val in props[itemid].items():
print >>outfile, key + ':', val

print >>outfile
key = 'events_%d_event' % i
print >>outfile, urllib.unquote(response[key])
return all_itemids

def get_syncitems():
"""Run the loop to get all 'syncitems' entries.
Returns a list of (syncitem, time) tuples."""
syncitems ='syncitems')
items = []
total = int(syncitems['sync_total'])
print '%d/%d syncitems' % (len(items), total)
lastsync = None
while len(items) < total:
for i in range(1, int(syncitems['sync_count']) + 1):
item = syncitems['sync_%d_item' % i]
time = syncitems['sync_%d_time' % i]
lastsync = max(lastsync, time)
items.append((item, time))
if len(items) < total:
syncitems ='syncitems', lastsync=lastsync)
return items

def subtract_second(time):
"""Subtract a second off an LJ date. I didn't handle 00:00 because I
am lazy. This syncing system is way too complicated."""
sec = int(time[-2:])
if sec > 0:
return time[:-2] + '%02d' % (sec - 1)
min = int(time[-5:-3])
if min > 0:
return time[:-5] + '%02d:59' % (min - 1)
raise RuntimeError, "Couldn't subtract second from " + time

output_dir = lj.usejournal or lj.user
except OSError:
pass # Assume it exists already.

# Fetch syncitems; convert to a map of itemid => time.
items = get_syncitems()
remaining = {}
for item, time in items:
if item[0] != 'L':
remaining[item[2:]] = time

# Download items, crossing them off as we get them.
while len(remaining) > 0:
lastsync = min(remaining.values())
print '%d left, lastsync %s' % (len(remaining), lastsync)
lastsync = subtract_second(lastsync)
entries ='getevents',
done = dump_entries(output_dir, entries)
for itemid in done:
if itemid in remaining:
del remaining[itemid]
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import httplib
import urllib
import sys

class ProtocolException(RuntimeError):

class LJ(object):
def __init__(self, username, password, usejournal=None):
self.conn = None
self.username = username
self.password = password
self.usejournal = usejournal

def run(self, mode, **params):
if not self.conn:
self.conn = httplib.HTTPConnection('', 80)
allparams = {
'user': self.username,
'password': self.password,
'clientversion': 'goodbye',
'ver': '1',
'mode': mode
if self.usejournal:
allparams['usejournal'] = self.usejournal
self.conn.request('POST', '/interface/flat',
resp = self.conn.getresponse()
body =
if resp.status != 200:
raise ProtocolException(body)
lines = body.strip().split('\n')
result = {}
for i in range(0, len(lines), 2):
result[lines[i]] = lines[i+1]
if 'success' not in result or result['success'] != 'OK':
raise ProtocolException(body)
return result

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