- The easiest way is
pip3 install --user git+https://github.com/karlicoss/rexport.
git clone --recursive, or
git pull && git submodule update --init. After that, you can use
pip3 install --editable ..
- To use the API, you need to register a custom ‘personal script’ app and get
See more here.
- To access user’s personal data (e.g. saved posts/comments), Reddit API also requires
Yes, unfortunately it wants your plaintext Reddit password, you can read more about it here.
secrets.py keeping your api parameters, e.g.:
username = "USERNAME" password = "PASSWORD" client_id = "CLIENT_ID" client_secret = "CLIENT_SECRET"
If you have two-factor authentication enabled, append the six-digit 2FA token to the password, separated by a colon:
password = "PASSWORD:343642"
The token will, however, be short-lived.
After that, use:
python3 -m rexport.export --secrets /path/to/secrets.py
That way you type less and have control over where you keep your plaintext secrets.
Alternatively, you can pass parameters directly, e.g.
python3 -m rexport.export --username <username> --password <password> --client_id <client_id> --client_secret <client_secret>
However, this is verbose and prone to leaking your keys/tokens/passwords in shell history.
You can also import
export.py as a module and call
get_json function directly to get raw JSON.
I highly recommend checking exported files at least once just to make sure they contain everything you expect from your export. If not, please feel free to ask or raise an issue!
WARNING: reddit API limits your queries to 1000 entries.
I highly recommend to back up regularly and keep old exports. Easy way to achieve it is command like this:
python3 -m rexport.export --secrets /path/to/secrets.py >"export-$(date -I).json"
Or, you can use arctee that automates this.
Check out these links if you’re interested in getting older data that’s inaccessible by API:
- comment by /u/binkarus
- Reddit admis say that the rationale behind the API limitation is performance and caching
- perhaps you can request all of your data under GDPR? I haven’t tried that personally though.
- pushshift can help you retrieve old data. You can use seanbreckeridge/pushshift_comment_export to get the data.
See example-output.json, it’s got some example data you might find in your data export. I’ve cleaned it up a bit as it’s got lots of different fields many of which are probably not relevant.
However, this is pretty API dependent and changes all the time, so better check with Reddit API if you are looking to something specific.
Using the data
You can use
rexport.dal (stands for “Data Access/Abstraction Layer”) to access your exported data, even offline.
I elaborate on motivation behind it here.
- main usecase is to be imported as python module to allow for programmatic access to your data.
You can find some inspiration in =my.= package that I’m using as an API to all my personal data.
- to test it against your export, simply run:
python3 -m rexport.dal --source /path/to/export
- you can also try it interactively:
python3 -m rexport.dal --source /path/to/export --interactive
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