Export notes from Notes.app
- Notes are converted to markdown & store in plaint-text format.
- Creation & modification dates of notes are preserved.
- Notes are stored in directories named after the notebooks in which they are stored in Notes.app.
- Notes in same notebook having same name are renamed to avoid old notes being re-written by new ones.
- Image Attachments, Tables and url-links are imported correctly.
Added compatibility with older versions of macOS (10.11 & newer).
Ratings and ReviewsSee All
Pretty good. A few missing things.
The app seems to work as advertised, but, as the notes are exported as .txt files, rich items are not included. For bold, italic, or other similarly basic rich text features, the loss isn’t a big deal (at least for me), but the big problem is that iOS-10-style links shared from Safari or another browser are not preserved, nor are attached pictures or other rich media. I have saved several notes in which the focal point is those links or pictures, so if the note is saved without them, it’s pointless. It would be great if links were there, even as plain-text links, and if notes had attached pictures as separate files with “same-name-pic1”. Same for videos and drawings.
Also, I think that the file names for the exported notes should include the modification date of the original note, in order to avoid the renaming of identically titled notes.
Does its job
I recently started using Apple Notes, but found that backup was limited to PDF export. I was looking for a usable backup. (My notes will eventually be the source of Pages or Word documents.) I did a web search and found Exporter. Free was worth a try. Bingo — the app backed up all my notes to individual text files — just what I wanted. I read that Exporter erases formatting, but I don’t use much formatting, so I can live with that limitation. One minor ding: You can’t use the app twice in a row without quitting in between unless you post a review.
Losing Modifed by Date is annoying, Some errors
This is a great app. It’s slightly slow to do the job, but it gets it alll done. It preserves the folder/file structure but throws away some important information, namely that the notes are normally sorted by date modified. Still, it’s not the biggest deal in the world; depending on your number of notes (I had around 1100), this may or may not be a big deal to you. As other reviewers have mentioned, it also doesn’t keep any kind of rich text. It’s not perfect, but it’s more than solid.
Unfortunately, after auditing my notes, I have found that this app arbitrarily truncated quite a few of them. Not sure why this is. My best guess is that the way it processes the first lines of the files it has a character limit, but many of my note titles don’t have line breaks. This is a huge problem. The app is handy, but be careful and diligent.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.