I want to download all Tumblr posts I liked.

What to backup?

  • For text/quote/link/chat posts: it must download the main content (i.e., text resp. a link).
  • For photo posts (including photosets): it must download the high-res image(s).
  • For audio/video posts: it should download the media, but this is not required.
  • Bonus points if the download contains …
    • … text added to photo/audio/video posts.
    • … source URL and/or reblog URL (on which I liked the post).
    • … metadata like publication date, tags, likes count, notes count.

The format doesn’t matter (as long as it can be read/opened by common tools).

Formal requirements

  • If it’s a local client: it should be FLOSS and run on GNU/Linux.
  • If it’s a web service: it should work without having access to my account. So it should use the public list available from <https://www.tumblr.com/liked/by/username>.

I found that this little Ruby script works really well: https://github.com/javierarce/tumblr-photo-export

It's easy enough to use in Windows, even if you don't know anything about Ruby.

  1. Download and install a Ruby installer
  2. go to the ruby install folder's bin and open a command prompt
    On my machine it's under C:\ruby22\bin
  3. install the httparty gem:
    C:\ruby22\bin\gem.bat install "httparty"
  4. Follow the instructions on the github page and create a new Tumblr App to get an API key (you don't need to provide all the information they request, most is optional).
  5. Change the parameters at the top of the export.rb script.
  6. Run the script C:\ruby\bin\ruby.exe export.rb and that's it.
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    Will this download the text attached to photo posts?
    – Calion
    Dec 4 '18 at 17:06

I made this small native application which downloads all the Tumblr posts that you liked.


Tumblr Downloader

It only downloads image posts (and GIFs) at the moment, though. I or someone else can extend it to do other things you asked about, so feel free to send a pull request.

I built the binaries for Linux 64-bit, Windows 64-bit, and Mac OSX. If the builds do not work somehow, open an issue on the github page.


As a more recent and better alternative, try TumbleThree, it is able to download all types of posts and likes as well.
For Windows only though, as far as I know.

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