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The more up-to-date version of ljArchive is at their SourceForce. You can export html & xml version to your hard-drive by going to file > export and even filter it by public posts only.

Actually, the page I link to redirects to sourceforge when you go looking for the download, but thanks for pointing out the export function. I suppose you could make a static web-page out of your lj, that way, if you had to.

This copy will not have: any images within the entry, moods, music, location, or tags. It will have the icon associated with the entry.

Um, I actually have mood, music, location and tags showing.

The LJ-Sec thing sounds great, thanks for the link. *g*

Um, I actually have mood, music, location and tags showing.

Ooops! *edits that out* Thanks for the correction.

Thanks, lovely. Now I have a record!

*is pleased*

There's also Semagic for updating multiple journals at the same time.

Good point, I'll mention that too. I already use it for posting, but it'd be useful to keep multiple synchronized copies.

Sigh. Why aren't these things ever crossplatform tools? :( :(

Well, sourceforge has a zip which it claims is "platform independent" but I sort of suspect that's more meaningful if you're a developer.

Thanks for the links - they look very useful! *downloads*

Hey, thanks for this! *saves to memories*

does this by any chance work with insanejournal???

Yes. I just tried it with my backup insanejournal, and although there were some problems, it worked.

The problems:
My LJ is paid, my IJ is free - some of the paid-user features I'd used posting to LJ didn't transfer to IJ.
Tags didn't transfer at all.

Ooh, I didn't know you could import stuff. Thanks for the tip. It sucks to lose comments, but if I'm forced to move, at least being able to upload the back entries is something.

Thank you so much for this. Worked like a charm

Do you know if there is a way to do this on a Macintosh?


I'm sorry, I'm afraid Macs are a mystery to me and I haven't the faintest idea.

Thanks! Just-- how do you set up semagic to update multiple journals simultaneously?

It's not exactly convenient, but it's easier than copy/paste:

1. (You probably have already done this, but for completeness,) log into your account using semagic, checking the "remember password" box. Logout again.
2. Go to File --> Server settings. Fill in the settings for your backup journal. Log in.

Henceforth, and everytime you post, instead of posting with the post button, go to Journel --> Post to Multiple Journals.

I feel there should be a better way, but I haven't figured one out yet. :(

Thank you for this! :-)

This is extremely helpful and save me oodles of time.

You are a total star - I am bookmarking for a time when I have a spare several minutes to get my head around this. Gah - I hate this time of year!!!

Thank you so much for posting this information! I ran into a glitch in the process, and I wondered if you might be able to offer some advice?

I did the LJ Archive portion without incident (far as I know, anyway!), but when I downloaded LJSec and tried to use it to back up my entire LJ to Greatest journal, instead it backed it up to LIVE Journal and duplicated all my entries. I went from 700 to 1400 in the blink of an eye, and my poor friend ann_tara got 700 e-mail notifications of updates to my LJ in her mailbox! *facepalm*

I have NO idea what to do now, and I'm hoping you might have some bright ideas! Like, if there's an easy way to delete all those duplicate entries? As far as the backup to GJ plan goes, now I'm terrified of trying it again, in case I end up with triplicate entries! ACK!

Oh dear! I think you might not have filled in the correct server URL when you went to "repost to another journal." You might want to try again with only one entry selected, and then see where it went, then do the rest of them.

As to deleting entries… Oh dear. You're sort of in a bad way. The easiest way I know to delete entries is to use Semagic's "View History" button, but that's still not a nice way to delete multiple entries at once. I know because I accidentally uploaded six months worth of entries twice.

You don't know me, but I think you're my hero tonight. Stumbled upon this post quite by accident, and it's a lifesaver.

Okay, this is INSANELY useful. I was pointed here by some folks at InsaneJournal. Thanks for writing this out for us!

How does this work with Insane Journal? I use LJarchive to keep a copy on my PC. I can't see a way of automatically copying my LJ entries over to IJ.

I just wanted to say that I backed up my LJ to both InsaneJournal and GreatestJournal with no problems. I also backed up some fanfic posts to JournalFen, although there are more problems involved in that.

Here are my findings:

Thanks again!

Thanks! It worked perfectly.

Thanks for the tips. It's going to be very useful.

Thank you! Here via liz_marcs. Over all, that worked great. I've been meaning to back up my journal ever since the double experience of watching Strikethrough as well as a friend lose all his articles on another blogging client for no particular reason.

The only problem I had was the custom filters. I didn't have any sent on GJ, and I can't seem to figure out how to - maybe because I've only got a free account? Anyway, it had a lock symbol on all the customs, but when I went into edit, it listed it as public. Using the LJ-sec client, I figured out the date of the couple dozen custom filters and chose either public, friends, or private.

Oy. Potentially confusing typo. I meant to say: "I didn't have any set on GJ..."

Yay! AWESOME. Thank you. :)

Thank you for the help! I have copied the contents of two personal livejournals over to insanejournal.

Has anyone used lj-sec with a LJ community? I can't figure out how.

I'm not sure that's possible. I can think of a couple of barriers to it, off the top of my head. :(

Thank you, this is super useful! *heads over to lj-sec*

Does it keep the same security levels? Most of my LJ posts are friends only, and some are private. I have LOTS of entries, so I don't really want to lock them by hand.

It transfers security settings like "private" and "friends only" without trouble. The only problem is with security settings like "those people from chicago" since LJ appears to store that by setting ID based on (my guess) the order in which they were created. So if you create filters ahead of time on GJ, your filtered posts will still be filtered, but not necessarily to the same filter.

I'd recommend doing a small segment first and seeing how the security settings are transfered.


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