Importing your data

For a limited time, all Letterboxd members can import data in one of three ways: directly to their account (as watched films and/or diary entries, with optional ratings), to a new or existing list, or to their watchlist.

When importing data we support the following formats:

  • Letterboxd import format (CSV)
  • IMDb export files (CSV)
  • Delicious Library v2 or 3 export files (XML)*
  • ICheckMovies export files (custom)

*Delicious Library files are only supported when importing to a list.

Proceed to the Import page (to import watched films), to the editing page for a list, or to your watchlist. For help importing IMDb files, see our migration guide.

Letterboxd import format

The Letterboxd import format is a CSV file (with UTF-8 character encoding) that supports the following column headers, in any order (other column titles are ignored). You must include one or more headers from the list below on the first line of your file:

LetterboxdURI String (optional, the URI of the matching film or diary entry)
tmdbID Number (optional, eg. 27205)
imdbID String (optional, eg. tt1375666)
Title String (used for matching when no ID or URI is provided)
Year YYYY (optional, used for matching when no ID or URI is provided)
Directors String (optional, used for matching when no ID or URI is provided)
WatchedDate YYYY-MM-DD (optional, creates a Diary Entry for the film on this day)
Rating Number (optional, rating out of 5 including 0.5 increments)
Rating10 Number (optional, rating out of 10)
Tags String (optional, added to Diary Entry if WatchedDate is provided)
Review Text/HTML (optional, allows the same HTML tags as the website, added to Diary Entry if WatchedDate is provided, otherwise added as a review with no specified date)*

This column header can also be used when importing to a list, to populate the Notes field.

For example, a valid file might look like this:

Title, Year, Rating
Top Gun, 1986, 5

Your CSV file must use the comma character (",") to delimit columns and must not include a byte order mark (BOM). Strings containing commas (such as director/tag lists or review text) must be placed inside quotes, eg: "Joel Coen, Ethan Coen". Remember to escape quotes within quoted text. 

Notes on importing

  • There is no undo after the confirmation step. Be careful!
  • The importer is available to Pro members all members (for a limited time).
  • The importer shows you a summary of your file before performing the import, so you can fix any mis-matched titles and/or remove any inappropriate entries.
  • All films imported to your Films/Diary will be automatically marked as watched (there is an option for this setting when importing films to a list).
  • The importer will update existing Diary Entries if a film is imported with a WatchedDate that matches an existing entry for the same film already in your Diary, so you can add tags or a review to existing entries.
  • Multiple lines containing the same film with the same WatchedDate will be combined into a single entry when the imported data is saved. If these are legitimately separate entries, you’ll need to add them manually.
  • If both Rating columns contain data on any given line of the file, whichever column appears second in the file will take precedence.
  • The importer works best in Chrome, due to its superior JavaScript engine. If you’re having trouble importing large files, try breaking them into multiple parts (ensure that the first “column header” row of the file exists in each part).


Additional tools

The helper scripts and web apps listed below are created and maintained by third parties. We hope you find them useful, but please contact the individual authors for support.

If you create a helper script that generates files for our importer, let us know.