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Save data from Goodreads to a SQLite database. Can save all your public shelves and reviews, and also the public reviews and shelves of other people.


How to install

$ pip install goodreads-to-sqlite

Add the -U flag to update. Change notes can be found in the CHANGELOG file, next to this README.


Create a Goodreads developer token:

Run this command and paste in your token and your profile URL:

$ goodreads-to-sqlite auth

This will create a file called auth.json in your current directory containing the required value. To save the file at a different path or filename, use the --auth=myauth.json option.

Retrieving books

The books command retrieves all of the books and reviews/ratings belonging to you:

$ goodreads-to-sqlite books goodreads.db

Note that your Goodreads profile must be public in order for this to work - if it is not already, you can enable this by visiting and selecting "anyone (including search engines)" within the "Settings" tab.

You can also specify the user to target, to fetch books on public shelves of other users. Please provide either the user ID (the numerical part of a user's profile URL), or the name of their vanity URL.

$ goodreads-to-sqlite books goodreads.db rixx

Sometime in 2018 or 2017, Goodreads started leaving out some "read_at" timestamps in their API. If you want to include these datapoints regardless, you can add the --scrape parameter, and the dates will be scraped from the website. This will take a bit longer, by maybe a minute depending on the size of your library.

$ goodreads-to-sqlite books goodreads.db --scrape

The auth.json file is used by default for authentication. You can point to a different location of auth.json using -a:

$ goodreads-to-sqlite books goodreads.db rixx -a /path/to/auth.json


  • The order of books in shelves is not exposed in the API, so we cannot determine the order of the to-read list.
  • Goodreads also offers a CSV export, which is currently not supported as an input format.
  • Since the Goodreads API is a bit slow, and we are restricted to one request per second, for larger libraries the import can take a couple of minutes.
  • The script currently re-syncs the entire library instead of just looking at newly changed data, to make sure we don't lose information after aborted syncs.


This package is heavily inspired by github-to-sqlite by Simon Willison.

The terminal recording above was made with ASCIInema.


Export your (or other people's) Goodreads data to SQLite








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