An ETL for dumping Wordpress posts into Octopress format.
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wp2octopress.py

README.md

wp2octopress.py

What is it?

wp2octopress.py is an ETL (extract, transform, load) script which will connect to your Wordpress MySQL database and dump all of your posts and pages into Octopress-compatible Markdown files. The primary purpose of the script is simply to dump the posts into appropriately-named files with a reasonably correct directory structure; very little processing is done on the actual post content to ensure correct rendering.

Wordpress posts are stored internally as mostly HTML, although there are some quirks - in particular, generally WordPress does not include <br />s or <p>s; those seem to be added when the page is output. This HTML format is basically what you'll get in your dumped posts. There is a function called fix_post_content which does a couple things to clean up posts and try to make them render nicely in Octopress:

  • \r\n newlines are replaced with just \n
  • [sourcecode] tags are replaced with their Octopress equivalent

If you want to do additional automated cleanup, just edit that function and add whatever you'd like. If you add something useful, please send me a pull request so that others can benefit from it!

Dependencies

wp2octopress.py depends on SQLAlchemy. You can install it easily via pip (pip install SQLAlchemy) or easy_install (easy_install SQLAlchemy).

Things to watch for in output

In general I've found that Octopress does a good job of rendering the posts directly from the Wordpress HTML, which is why I didn't put much effort into fixing up the content. However, there are a few things to watch out for.

  • Complex nested structures may not render correctly. In particular, I've noticed that <code> blocks and <blockquotes> within <li>s can look messy.
  • This script replaces [sourcecode] blocks, but not <code> blocks. This is generally okay since inline code in Markdown converts to <code> blocks anyway, but if you have a lot of inline code you should check that everything looks right.
  • Separate lines of text with only one line break rather than two will render as one paragraph.
  • This script doesn't replace HTML entities (e.g. &amp;) with their corresponding characters. HTML entities within [sourcecode] or [code] blocks will be rendered literally.
  • Sometimes Wordpress seems to insert extra <br />s for no apparent reason.
  • This script doesn't handle uploaded content, so you'll need to manually re-upload and fix the references for any images, videos, etc. that you uploaded through the Wordpress interface.

Usage

Just run ./wp2octopress.py db host username password posts_dir pages_dir.

License (MIT License)

Copyright (c) 2012 Mitch Lindgren

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.