Exporting PDFs from Paperpile

Is it possible to export everything from Paperpile, including PDFs etc., and import them into Zotero? I have many documents in Paperpile and don't want to lose them when I close my account.
  • I'm afraid you'd have to start by asking them -- if they provide a full (hopefully standardized) download/export, Zotero either can or we can help you import PDFs, but we haven't dealt with people migrating from Paperpile much, so I wouldn't know this.
  • Hi Adam - Paperpile will export all data in JSON format.

    I tried RIS format but didn't get the PDF links. Paperpile stores attached docs on Google Drive. I don't want to have to manually make the links if I can do it an easier way!
  • If there's no option to get the data that includes a link to the local copy of the file (e.g. synced down from Google Drive), I honestly don't see a way of doing that, sorry.
  • They tell you how to post-process their RIS such that attachments should work here: http://forum.paperpile.com/t/export-attachments-with-ris/1728/13
  • Thanks for the headsup on that.

    The instruction is to edit the RIS file with a text editor to find & replace "L1 - All" with the actual location of PDFs etc. on the hard drive (Google Drive).

    How do I edit the RIS file? Do you recommend a suitable text editor?
  • Importantly, do _not_ use a word processor, including WordPad.

    If you're on Mac, TextEdit will do. On Windows, I'd be a bit wary of notepad, but you could try. For something more robust, I'd recommend Notepad++ https://notepad-plus-plus.org/ (free)
  • After much gnashing of teeth, I have found a way that does not require editing the RIS, posted in January 2020 to the Paperpile forum. I can attest that it works:

    "The most convenient way turned out to be to export the RIS file into the Google Drive/Paperpile folder and then import into Zotero from there. This way, the relative paths to the PDF files are correct and no editing of the RIS files is needed."

    --Obviously you must have saved your Google Drive/Paperpile folder (the one with all the pdfs saved in folders according to author's last name) to your hard drive. Then slip the downloaded .ris file into the top level of your Google Drive/Paperpile folder on your disk.
    All pdfs are imported and attached as they were in Paperpile. No need to edit RIS. I have imported 1,000+ references this way, and have had no problems.
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