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Export your Wunderlist tasks with XPath

As brought up in this ProductHunt thread, the news is that Wunderlist is going to be deprecated in favor of the new Microsoft To-Do note taking platform.

This is what Wunderlist support had to say in response to my inquiry on Wunderlist's future:

"Now that the next evolution of Wunderlist is here, in the form of Microsoft To-Do Preview (https://www.wunderlist.com/blog/...), Wunderlist will no longer receive any updates or bug fixes and will eventually be retired. It won’t happen in the next few months and we’ll be sure to give our users plenty of notice beforehand. In the meantime, you can continue to use Wunderlist normally. Of course, we’d also love for you to try To-Do and let us know how you like it – and how we can improve it. While Wunderlist will continue to exist alongside To-Do for the time being, support for Wunderlist will eventually be removed. Not to worry, though! We will inform all Wunderlist users prior to shutting down service. You'll have ample opportunity to either create a To-Do account and simply import your data there, or export and save your data."

The problem is that in the case that you don't want to migrate to To-Do, which presumably would have the exporting and importing of your Wunderlist tasks covered, there's no inherent way to export your tasks as text so that you can import them to any other platform of your choosing.

The following is a way that I suggest based on Firefox, FireBug, FirePath and XPath.What you will need :

  1. Any FireFox version
  2. FireBug extension
  3. FirePath, a FireBug addon

So let's say that our task list looks like this:


Then, enable FireBug, go to the FirePath tab, make sure that FirePath's "Show entire DOM" option is deactivated, paste the following XPath expression into FirePath's prompt and press Eval  :


//*[@id='tasks']/div[2]/div[2]/ol[1]//li/div/div/span[@class="taskItem-titleWrapper-title"]/descendant-or-self::text()


This will isolate your tasks in the bottom pane as pure text, so that you can select them and use them wherever you'd like to





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