How to export all my vocabulary at once?

Jeremiah49 ca Canada

I got the export function to work for my vocabulary but now I am having trouble exporting all my vocabulary. When I tick the little 'select all box' at the top of the vocab it only selects the vocab from that page - so only in increments of 200 max. Is there any way to select all my vocab at once so I don't have to do multiple exports?

April 2013
  • Moderator
    alex de Germany

    @Jeremiah49 - The issue that we actually found was that this process was tying up resources and causing the page to time out, so for now we set it so that it only exports the words on the page. We may look at enhancing this in the future.

    April 2013
  • gregf fr France

    This means that if someone wants to download all of his or her vocabulary, it has to be done in chunks of 200 (or less), is that correct? That's somewhat unfortunate, if you've got several thousand words to export. Or am I missing an easier way to download/export all of my saved vocabulary? I have ten or so pages of 200 word chunks to export just for level 1 words, for example..

    April 2013
  • Moderator
    alex de Germany

    @gregf - That's correct. We had to change this as the previous export was consuming too many resources. At some point we may rework the export in order to allow the full export file to be generated in the background and downloaded once it is finished processing.

    April 2013
  • NobodyHere cz Czech Republic

    Yes - this is one of the down sides of LingQ - you end up locked into the system, and it is very hard to extract your vocabulary out of the system. I certainly find the "consuming too many resources" claim a little strange - since the number of occasions people will want to download all their vocab is probably very low. Most likely, it is a commercial decision, since it prevents people from moving to competing products once they have built up a substantial body of vocab in LingQ.

    April 2013
  • Moderator
    alex de Germany

    @AnthonyLauder - What was happening is that the page was regularly timing out for some users because the process would take several minutes or more to generate the list. Instead of some users not being able to export at all, our immediate solution was to allow all users to export up to 200 words with each export (200 being the maximum number of words you can view at one time on the Vocabulary page). As you say, many learners are not looking to download their entire LingQs database, and may just want to download a single page (25, 50, etc.). Previously it would generate the full list each time regardless of how many were selected; now it allows more control to just export a single page. As a result, those who are already exporting to Anki, etc. can now just import the words they saved since their last export.

    April 2013
  • gregf fr France

    I'm going to bring this up again. I came back to lingq after a long hiatus learning another language (not supported by lingq: Ancient Greek). Having been motivated by Steve's videos to get serious about my Italian, I started paying for LingQ again and have had a wonderful time using the system.

    UNTIL this morning, when I remembered how difficult it was to export my hours of "lingqing" into anki. I'd forgotten that I couldn't easily export more than 200 words at a time, and now, after 3 months of fairly intensive use, I'm pushing 10,000 lingq's I'd like to download, process, and study using my own tools.

    What do you all think? Wouldn't you like to be able to download your lingq's in one batch? I can't imagine the technical details are that difficult to implement, (SQL dumps being a rather common use of databases). Can I please get my data?

    April 2014
  • snorrews sj Svalbard and Jan Mayen

    As much as I love LingQ.com, I would be much happier it I could (at any time) export all my data to a local storage. Nightmare scenario is that LingQ goes down or out of business, and I loose all my data. Also, I can think of several ways I would like to use my data locally.

    However, I accept that I have chosen to use LingQ voluntarily and with full knowledge of what I am paying for and getting.

    Still, it would be nice to at least have on a wish-list! :)

    April 2014
  • elguero us United States

    Can we request that admin would send us a dump of study vocabulary? Once a quarter?

    Wayne

    April 2014
  • gregf fr France

    Yes, that sounds like a good compromise: if it takes up too many resources to generate these lists all the time, what about allowing users to generate an entire wordlist once every one to three months?

    April 2014
  • Moderator
    alex de Germany

    This is something we'd like to do at some point, but isn't currently high on the priority list. Unfortunately it's not quite as simple as upping the number from 200 to unlimited, as our server was regularly timing out when trying to fulfill these export requests. This means that the only real solution to allowing the exporting of all LingQs is to set it up to email you the list once the export is complete - by no means a 10-minute fix :P

    At some point we would definitely like to do this, though in the meantime you may be best off just spending an hour or so every 3 months exporting your LingQs - or even just sorting by Creation Date and exporting the newly created ones, if that works for you.

    April 2014
  • elguero us United States

    Oh the problems of using Microsoft .....

    ;)

    April 2014
  • Moderator
    VeraI de Germany

    I've to bring up this issue again. I understand that exporting all the LingQs at once can cause problems if someone has lots of LingQs. But the export of 200 only is much to low. This way the export is unusable. I exported 200 LingQs and this lasted less than 2 seconds. Downloading 2,000 LingQs should than last about 20 seconds only. This would be a compromise I could live with. But the export of 200 is really user unfriendly and useless too in my mind.

    November 2014
    • Moderator
      VeraI de Germany

      Do you consider improving the user experience?

      November 2014
    • Moderator
      alex de Germany

      This one is on our list and is something we're going to be looking at soon. We've been quite focused lately on making improvements and adjustments to the lesson page, as this is one of the most important pages on the site, and as a result we unfortunately haven't had as much time available to focus on some other pages like the Vocabulary page. However, we haven't forgotten about it and will do our best to find a place for updates to the export function and the interface on the Vocabulary page.

      November 2014
      • Moderator
        VeraI de Germany

        Thank you, Alex. I'm looking forward to these changes.

        November 2014
  • tiagodouglas br Brazil

    4 years later and we still can't export vocabulary.

    March 2017
    • genix79 ca Canada

      "Soon" is a flexible word.

      March 2017
      • Maria2 gb United Kingdom

        ....and Alex has been demoted from administrator to moderator, which as we all know means he is no longer a member of staff.

        We can all be moderators, which just means we are willing to fix errors featuring in lessons, a misnomer as it happens.

        Is it really still only 200 words at a time after all this time? Maybe this issue was forgotten once Alex left.

        March 2017
        • Maria2 gb United Kingdom

          There again Jeremiah49, Anthony Lauder and elguero have left too.

          March 2017
    • Aydin_ tr Turkey

      If we increase the maximum number of words in a page to 1000, that would still be a good improvement.

      March 2017
    • fahadjudoon pk Pakistan

      Because they don't want you to go away from LingQ, it's a marketing Hook.

      September 2018
  • Earthlark us United States

    Is there still no way to export all one's vocabulary? (I was just about to sign up for premium again with my students, but having all this data locked in is a no go for my students and I.)

    November 2017
    • Administrator
      zoran rs Serbia

      Still not, sorry! You can export maximum 200 LingQs at once.

      November 2017
  • byg gb United Kingdom

    bump

    November 15 at 13:09
  • dirkp pl Poland

    This problem was notified about 5 years and 8 months ago and it seems that no progress was made to improve the useability of the tool in terms of exporting known or apprehended vocabulary. For me it is a clear dealbreaker. I am very sorry about that as a lot of work must have been done to make LingQ "work".

    December 24 at 11:16
    • pmda gb United Kingdom

      If you try to export at 200 at a time after a while it starts resetting the page back to 1 automatically so you have to right click to get to the page your exporting , once per page, and if you have 10k words then that's a real problem. The explanation ' We had to change this as the previous export was consuming too many resources. ' deserves only one response.. I am happy to pay LingQ good money for this service - but they don't appear to listen to their customers in the slightest.

      June 18 at 17:23
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        June 18 at 22:58
  • michelbxl be Belgium

    I liked LingQ until I discovered the export issue. 6 years without a fix? I think I will cancel my account.

    August 12 at 08:12
    • Administrator
      zoran rs Serbia

      What export issue?

      August 12 at 14:35
      • michelbxl be Belgium

        Export / backup being limited to 200 items.

        August 13 at 10:01
        • Administrator
          zoran rs Serbia

          It was possible long ago, but unfortunately what was happening is that the page was regularly timing out for some users because the process would take several minutes or more to generate the list. So we limited it to export per page (25-200 LingQs). Hopefully one day we will be able to allow export of complete list again.

          August 13 at 14:03
          • michelbxl be Belgium

            I do understand this specific function is currently limited. But you should offer your clients a way to backup / export their work. It is really a basic feature nowadays. Some companies have their own backup included in the basic price and offer an external backup for a fee. I like very much your product but I will not attempt any serious work without proper backup.

            August 13 at 14:19
            • Potami us United States

              I agree!! I am creating very detailed translations for each vocabulary word, with notes about grammar and usage that I am gathering from various resources. I would very much like to have a way to back that all up in a format that I could then access offline on my own computer. I hope LingQ will seriously consider this, for a reasonable fee if necessary. Thank you!

              August 13 at 15:58
          • HorstSchlemmer de Germany

            only 200? There is some free software around (not allowed to tell the name in this forum), that is able to export or import 10,000 and more vocab items ...

            August 15 at 18:13
  • ricardopietrobon us United States

    This is so bad. The idea that we can't get a large file by email once the export is ready just doesn't make any sense

    October 12 at 15:55
  • JanFinster de Germany

    I would really appreciate if this could be implemented. I would not even mind paying for this.

    Surely, there must be some time during the year (Super Bowl=? Christmas?, summer holidays at night?, etc) where the servers are not too busy...

    November 06 at 20:12