Importing google reader starred items into pocket

Importing google reader starred items into pocket. As you all know google reader is being killed very soon.

there are lots of google reader alternatives.
I use reeder on my phone, ipad and mac to read all my rss feeds.
it syncs with google reader and so I have built up a lot of starred items over the years.
usually I mean to read these articles later, or I need them to research a new blog post.

with the death of google reader comes the death of years worth of saving awesome things from the internet :(

Ive decided to use feedly for my rss needs after google reader dies.
but I also decided it was time to move my starred items to something more, um, appropriate.

pocket is the service I decided to go for.
its supported in lots of apps. Including reeder. and feedly!

so, all my future ‘stars’ will work, as long as I click the correct button.
but how to import my (563) existing starred items?

first step:
export from google reader before its too late:

go to the google takeout tool
click on the ‘choose services’ then on ‘Reader’ then ‘Create Archive’
once the archive is created, download it to your machine and un-zip the file.
inside you will find a file called ‘starred.json’

this file contains all the data needed, except its not in the correct format.

I found a blog where the author had a python script that would do the bulk of the converting work:

download the script from
and change its extension from .txt to .py

you’ll need to edit the script to suit the path where you extracted your starred.json file

eg /Users/myuser/Desktop/starred.json

and to add in an export path for the file it creates

eg /Users/myuser/Desktop/pocket.html

run the script by opening a command prompt and typing:


you will find at the location specified above for the export path a file, hopefully called ‘pocket.html’

if you log in to your pocket account and go to and upload the created file pocket will import all of your starred items !

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