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Create an HTML page from Safari's bookmarks
Authored by: koncept on Dec 28, '06 05:38:45PM
A while ago, there was some Python code contributed which exported Safari's bookmarks ( or a subset of them ) in "Netscape Bookmark File" format. I have included a revised version of the script which handles binary plists. See the comments in the code for the original URL where usage statements are provided by the original author. By default, this script outputs to stdout.
# $Id: export_bookmarks 85 2004-09-29 18:07:32Z jay $
# Original script:
# Original Hint:
# Revised (probably poorly) to handle binary plist files via
# parsePlist handler function

import sys, os, codecs, plistlib

def read_bookmarks():
    bookmarks_file = os.path.join(
    return parsePlist(bookmarks_file)

def parsePlist(bookmarks_file):
        return plistlib.Plist.fromFile(bookmarks_file)
        os.system("/usr/bin/plutil -convert xml1 %s" % bookmarks_file )
        xmlContent = plistlib.Plist.fromFile(bookmarks_file)
        os.system("/usr/bin/plutil -convert binary1 %s" % bookmarks_file )
        return xmlContent

def filter_bookmarks(node, wanted, found = 0, depth = 0):
    node_type  = node.get("WebBookmarkType")
    node_title = node.get("Title")
    if node_title == "BookmarksBar": node_title ="Bookmarks Bar"
    indent = "t" * depth
    if node_type == "WebBookmarkTypeList":
        found = found or (node_title in wanted)
        if found and node_title:
            print "%s<DT><H3 FOLDED>%s</H3>" % (indent, node_title)
            print "%s<DL><p>" % indent
        for child in node.get("Children", []):
            filter_bookmarks(child, wanted, found, found*(depth+1)) 
        if found and node_title:
            print "%s</DL><p>" % indent
    elif node_type == "WebBookmarkTypeLeaf":
        if found:
            print '%s<DT><A HREF="%s" LAST_VISIT="%s">%s</A>' % (
                int(float(node["URIDictionary"].get("lastVisitedDate", 0))),

def header():
    print """<!DOCTYPE NETSCAPE-Bookmark-file-1>
    <META HTTP-EQUIV="Content-Type" CONTENT="text/html; charset=UTF-8">

def footer():
    print """</HTML>"""

def main(args):
    sys.stdout = codecs.getwriter("utf-8")(sys.__stdout__)
    if args: filter_bookmarks(read_bookmarks(), args)
    else: filter_bookmarks(read_bookmarks(), [], found=1)

if __name__ == "__main__": main(sys.argv[1:])   

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