Evernote: About Exporting Notes

By David E. Y. Sarna

Evernote has several useful — although perhaps little-known and less-used — features that help make the experience more complete, safer, and more enjoyable. Importing and exporting notes can be extremely helpful for storing information as an archive, and encrypting notes ensures that your private information is secured.

Evernote’s three Laws of Data Protection are

  • Your data is yours.

  • Your data is protected.

  • Your data is portable.

Evernote has no data lock. Evernote is committed to making it easy for you to get all your data in and out at any time. The Evernote desktop software lets you export all your notes and content in human-readable HTML as well as in fully documented machine-readable XML format.

Evernote offers a free application programming interface (API) that lets you access all your data via programs, as discussed in the appendix. The company believes that if you’re confident that you can leave at any time, you’ll be confident enough to want to stay.

Exporting is a desktop or laptop activity; it can’t be done from mobile devices or even from Evernote Web (the version of Evernote accessed directly from a web browser at Evernote.

Exporting lets you back up your notes outside Evernote so that you can retrieve them easily. Exporting is useful if you decide to stop using Evernote, when Evernote’s system is down, or when you want to export notes to another application.