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This application features a very versatile import and export feature in order to offer the best experience possible and allow you to freely choose where your data goes.


The Module is relatively new. There is a known issue with Timeouts on large exports. A fix is being developed and will likely be released with the next version.

The Module is built with maximum flexibility and expandability in mind and allows to easily add new integrations to allow you to both import and export your recipes into whatever format you desire.

Feel like there is an important integration missing? Just take a look at the integration issues or open a new one if your favorite one is missing.


I strongly believe in everyone's right to use their data as they please and therefore want to give you the best possible flexibility with your recipes. That said for most of the people getting this application running with their recipes is the biggest priority. Because of this importing as many formats as possible is prioritized over exporting. Exporter for the different formats will follow over time.

Overview of the capabilities of the different integrations.

Integration Import Export Images
Default ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Nextcloud ✔️ ✔️
Mealie ✔️ ✔️
Chowdown ✔️ ✔️
Safron ✔️ ✔️
Paprika ✔️ ✔️
ChefTap ✔️
Pepperplate ✔️
RecipeSage ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Domestica ✔️ ✔️
MealMaster ✔️
RezKonv ✔️
OpenEats ✔️
Plantoeat ✔️
CookBookApp ✔️ ✔️
CopyMeThat ✔️ ✔️
Melarecipes ✔️ ✔️
Cookmate ✔️ ✔️
PDF (experimental) ⌚️ ✔️ ✔️

✔️ = implemented, ❌ = not implemented and not possible/planned, ⌚ = not yet implemented


The default integration is the built in (and preferred) way to import and export recipes. It is maintained with new fields added and contains all data to transfer your recipes from one installation to another.

It is also one of the few recipe formats that is actually structured in a way that allows for easy machine readability if you want to use the data for any other purpose.


Go to Settings > Export Recipe Data and select EXPORT AS JSON-LD (BEST). Then simply upload the exported file to Tandoor.

The RecipeSage integration also allows exporting. To migrate from Tandoor to RecipeSage simply export with Recipe Sage selected and import the json file in RecipeSage. Images are currently not supported for exporting.


Go to Import/Export and select Export Recipes. Then simply upload the exported file to Tandoor.


Importing recipes from Nextcloud cookbook is very easy and since Nextcloud Cookbook provides nice, standardized and structured information most of your recipe is going to be intact.

Follow these steps to import your recipes

  1. Go to your Nextcloud Webinterface
  2. Open the Recipes folder where your recipes are stored
  3. Select the recipes you want to export or use the checkbox at the top of the list to select all of them
  4. Click on the three dot Actions and press Download

You will get a file. Simply upload the file and choose the Nextcloud Cookbook type.

Folder Structure

Importing only works if the folder structure is correct. If you do not use the standard path or create the zip file in any other way make sure the structure is as follows
└── Recipes/
    ├── Recipe1/
    │   ├── recipe.json
    │   └── full.jpg
    └── Recipe2/
        ├── recipe.json
        └── full.jpg


Mealie provides structured data similar to nextcloud.

To migrate your recipes

  1. Go to your Mealie settings and create a new Backup.
  2. Download the backup by clicking on it and pressing download (this wasn't working for me, so I had to manually pull it from the server).
  3. Upload the entire .zip file to the importer page and import everything.


Chowdown stores all your recipes in plain text markdown files in a directory called _recipes. Images are saved in a directory called images.

In order to import your Chowdown recipes simply create a .zip file from those two folders and import them. The folder structure should look as follows


For some reason chowdown uses _ before the recipes folder. To avoid confusion the import supports both _recipes and recipes
    ├── _recipes/
    │   ├── recipe
    │   ├── recipe
    │   └── ...
    └── images/
        ├── image-name.jpg
        ├── second-image-name.jpg
        └── ...


Go to your safron settings page and export your recipes. Then simply upload the entire .zip file to the importer.


Safron exports do not contain any images. They will be lost during import.


A Paprika export contains a folder with a html representation of your recipes and a .paprikarecipes file.

The .paprikarecipes file is basically just a zip with gzipped contents. Simply upload the whole file and import all your recipes.


Pepperplate provides a .zip file containing all of your recipes as .txt files. These files are well-structured and allow the import of all data without losing anything.

Simply export the recipes from Pepperplate and upload the zip to Tandoor. Images are not included in the export and thus cannot be imported.


ChefTaps allows you to export your recipes from the app (I think). The export is a zip file containing a folder called cheftap_export which in turn contains .txt files with your recipes.

This format is basically completely unstructured and every export looks different. This makes importing it very hard and leads to suboptimal results. Images are also not supported as they are not included in the export (at least the tests I had).

Usually the import should recognize all ingredients and put everything else into the instructions. If your import fails or is worse than this feel free to provide me with more example data and I can try to improve the importer.

As ChefTap cannot import these files anyway there won't be an exporter implemented in Tandoor.


Meal master can be imported by uploading one or more meal master files. The files should either be .txt, .MMF or .MM files.

The MealMaster spec allows for many variations. Currently, only the one column format for ingredients is supported. Second line notes to ingredients are currently also not imported as a note but simply put into the instructions. If you have MealMaster recipes that cannot be imported feel free to raise an issue.


The RezKonv format is primarily used in the german recipe manager RezKonv Suite. To migrate from RezKonv Suite to Tandoor select Export > Gesamtes Kochbuch exportieren (the last option in the export menu). The generated file can simply be imported into Tandoor.

As I only had limited sample data feel free to open an issue if your RezKonv export cannot be imported.


Recipe keeper allows you to export a zip file containing recipes and images using its apps. This zip file can simply be imported into Tandoor.


OpenEats does not provide any way to export the data using the interface. Luckily it is relatively easy to export it from the command line. You need to run the command python dumpdata recipe ingredient inside of the application api container. If you followed the default installation method you can use the following command docker-compose -f docker-prod.yml run --rm --entrypoint 'sh' api ./ dumpdata recipe ingredient. This command might also work docker exec -it openeats_api_1 ./ dumpdata recipe ingredient rating recipe_groups > recipe_ingredients.json

Store the outputted json string in a .json file and simply import it using the importer. The file should look something like this

         "title":"Tasty Chili",
         "title":"black pepper",

To import your images you'll need to create the folder openeats-import in your Tandoor's recipes media folder (which is usually found inside /opt/recipes/mediafiles). After that you'll need to copy the /code/site-media/upload folder from the openeats API docker container to the openeats folder you created. You should now have the file path /opt/recipes/mediafiles/recipes/openeats-import/upload/... in Tandoor.


Plan to eat allows you to export a text file containing all your recipes. Simply upload that text file to Tandoor to import all recipes


CookBookApp can export .zip files containing .html files. Upload the entire ZIP to Tandoor to import all included recipes.


CopyMeThat can export .zip files containing an .html file as well as a folder containing all the images. Upload the entire ZIP to Tandoor to import all included recipes.


Cookmate allows you to export a .mcb file which you can simply upload to tandoor and import all your recipes.


RecetteTek exports are .rtk files which can simply be uploaded to tandoor to import all your recipes. exports are .xml files which can simply be uploaded to tandoor to import all your recipes.

It appears that Reptsuite, depending on the client, might export a .zip file containing a .cml file. If this happens just unzip the zip file and change .cml to .xml to import your recipes.


Melarecipes provides multiple export formats but only the MelaRecipes format can export the complete collection. Perform this export and open the .melarecipes file using your favorite archive opening program (e.g 7zip). Repeat this if the file contains another .melarecipes file until you get a list of one or many .melarecipe files. Upload all .melarecipe files you want to import to tandoor and start the import.


The PDF Exporter is an experimental feature that uses the puppeteer browser renderer to render each recipe and export it to PDF. For that to work it downloads a chromium binary of about 140 MB to your server and then renders the PDF files using that.

Since that is something some server administrators might not want there the PDF exporter is disabled by default and can be enabled with ENABLE_PDF_EXPORT=1 in .env.

See this issue for more discussion on this and this issue for the future plans to support server side rendering.