Anki Export / Import

I don’t know how to do Import to Anki on a Mac. This page really does not explain it well at all and I’ve seen other users having the same issue: It’s the main reason I subscribe to Pro so I hope someone from LR can explain it to me?

As far as I see the export contains a CSV and a Media folder. First question is, are these related and do they go together? If so how is that handled while importing?

There are a couple of lines about copy/pasting media into the Anki media folder, but that’s it. I’m not even sure of the point of the media (why and how do images and mp3 appear vs. simply text?)

If someone could point me to an easy-to-understand guide for this or a Youtube video I’d be very grateful. If it doesn’t exist i think LR should deprecate this feature as I consider myself a fairly tech-savvy person but this was beyond me.

Thank you in advance.

Hey, thank you for your message. I’m sorry you find it complicated. As we said before in other places, the import process is complicated because of how anki is designed, and not because of our software. The export on our side is litterally a “one-click” process, can’t be easier. But then to import through anki, it’s another story. We contacted the anki developper to try to make an easy export import tool with them, no positive answers :S .

So, here is a reformulation of the steps you have some troubles. I tried to explain more clearly what you didn’t understand.


How to export items to anki on mac OS X

1) Export the cards

  • Go to the saved items tool : Language Reactor
  • The top right, click on the “EXPORT” button
  • If you want to include media, specify it in the switch “include media”
  • Click on export, the download will start automatically

2) Put the media in the good location

  • After the download, double click on the .zip file to extract the data
  • Enter this folder
  • By holding the “option” keyboard button, open a new file tab by clicking on Go menu (top left bar) and on “Home” (shortcut is SHIFT + CMD + H). Holding the “option” keyboard button is necessary as it will allow you to see hidden folders (anki folders are hidden)
  • Go to Library folder, then Application support, and then Anki2
  • Here, you will see a folder for each of the users, open the folder with the name of your anki username
  • Open the folder
  • Drag and drop the medias files that were in the exported folder inside the folder

3) Do the anki metadata import

  • Download anki (on the webpage) for mac
  • Open Anki
  • Start the import by referring the .CSV file that was generated by Language Reactor
  • Follow the rest of the tutorial here : Language Reactor

Please tell me if you are still confuse :slight_smile:

Hi @kirianguiller. Sorry for my long delay. To be clear I have no issue with the process being complicated due to Anki - I was just saying that the instructions for LR could be a lot clearer :slight_smile: These new instructions are clearer, but the process does not work. The exported file (without media, as I do not need this) is not readable by Anki. Please see this screen recording and let me know what to do, thank you: Loom | Free Screen & Video Recording Software

Hello @kirianguiller I saw you caught the video. Any word about this one? Thanks!

Hi @kirianguiller as mentioned, I bought the Pro subscription specifically because of Anki functionality, so I would love to please know that it is working. If it doesn’t work, can we please arrange a refund? Either way it would be really appreciated if you could get back to me. Thank you.

p.s. It’s an amazing product - I just need Anki to work or it will not be as useful to me.

I just successfully did the Anki export today for Windows and the process was exactly as described on the LLR website. Maybe it’s a Mac Anki problem.

Now if only I could figure out Anki enough to change the Cloze card format to be usable, with Cloze audio only on the front and the translation and transcription on the back.

Are there any plans to add the native source audio as an export option? There’s another subscription program out there that does it, but I’m enjoying LLR more.

Would also love to know this and to hear back from the developer :slight_smile: Yes it probably is a problem relating to Mac. For the Cloze thing I’d recommend the Anki forum as they’re really responsive there.