MacJournal to Evernote — Batch Export AppleScript

Want to quickly export your MacJournal entries into Evernote? Read on!


  • This script exports a copy of all the entries in a selected MacJournal and saves them into Evernote.
  • Automatic Growl detection has also been enabled which will save you a trip to the Script Editor to enable/disable it.

Current Limitations and Open Issues

(Otherwise known as “Places Where You Could Help Out!”)

  • Although MacJournal uses tagging, it isn’t currently possible to read those tags via AppleScript. Therefore, you’ll need to tag your items once they’ve been imported into Evernote.
  • Errors that will undoubtedly arise when you do something that I didn’t think of or test for! 😉

How to Install and Use

This script is now maintained in the Script Library. Click Here To Get The AppleScript!

Change Log:

  • 1.00 (October 2, 2009) INITIAL RELEASE OF SCRIPT

10 Responses to “MacJournal to Evernote — Batch Export AppleScript”

  1. lem October 7, 2009 at 3:59 pm #

    Thanks for this script (and all the others …)
    what would be nice, also, is a script to do the contrary : export a notebook from Evernote to macjournal, if possible with tags, annotations, …


  2. Mark March 5, 2010 at 12:03 pm #

    Many many thanks for the Evernote to MacJournal AppleScript! On my MacBook Pro (OS X Snow Leopard) the script repeatedly failed when I tried to process around 500 notes all in one go. When I reduced the number of notes to 75, the script worked perfectly.

    One other possible glitch in the script. I noticed that the script seems to fail when exporting 2 Evernotes from the same folder that have the same note name, but different content. Applescript processes both notes, but the content in each note when imported to MacJournal is identical.

    • Justin March 5, 2010 at 12:22 pm #


      Thanks for your detailed report — It really helps to zero in on where the issues are and helps everyone here have a better, more reliable script.

      I’m going to try to reproduce these issues here and, if I can, I’ll see what I can figure out to work around them. Any other AppleScripters who would like to do the same, please let us know what you find out here.

      As a reminder, these comment threads accept code! If you ever want to share your own fixes or modifications to a script, just remember to put it between some code brackets!

  3. Michael Descy October 5, 2010 at 11:02 am #

    Thanks for this AppleScript. It really helped me out.

    • Justin Lancy October 6, 2010 at 12:42 am #

      I’m so glad it helped, Michael!

  4. Bill August 27, 2011 at 12:13 pm #

    Hello Justin,
    My greatest appreciation and thanks for the excellent MacJournal to Evernote conversion script. I struggled for two days trying to get MacJournal to sync between two Macs running LIon with no success. In less than five minutes your script imported flawlessly two years of entries! Now all entries are synced automatically across all platforms and devices. A donation will be arriving soon for all your time and attention to detail.

  5. Carine September 9, 2011 at 6:14 pm #


    I tried using the script and it’s not working for me. I admit I’m quite clueless about the more technical aspects of the mac (scripts, automator,etc). After I ran the script I got the following error:

    “Failed to export
    ” due to the following error:
    Can’t get every journal entry of missing value.

    I have no idea how to fix that. Is it because some of my macjournal entries have embedded images?

    I would really appreciate your help 🙂


    • Justin Lancy September 10, 2011 at 7:32 pm #

      Sent you an email to follow up on this… let me know if you didn’t receive!