Tumblr2WordPress: Syndicating Your Tumblr to WordPress

I was experimenting with backing-up Tumblr to a WordPress blog and I found the following script that puts all your Tumblr posts into an RSS file than you can then import.

Space outfits from Mario Bava’s Planet of the Vampires

Tumblr2WordPress: Export Your Tumblr to WordPress:

This tool will create a WordPress compatible XML file from your Tumblr blog, which you can then save and import into WordPress.

I used it earlier today to import more than 500 Tumblr posts and re-blogs to tumblr. and it worked well. The script basically packages up your Tumblr blog as an RSS feed. After that, use the RSS importer tool in WordPress to import them all. I tried the Tumblr importer for WordPress, but I think my Multi-Site setup was balking it.

After the bulk import I will be using FeedWordPress to syndicate my Tumblr posts at jimgroom.tumblr.com into tumblr. regularly. I am thinking of this as an experiment and backup, but the backup vision is fraught with issues given that most of the media has a tumblr.com URL and is not being imported onto my server (which would be awesome if I could swing that). So, as far as an archive, this is imperfect at best, but I like the idea of having it all on the bava as well, and maybe someone smart will have other ideas for capturing the media.

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12 Responses to Tumblr2WordPress: Syndicating Your Tumblr to WordPress

  1. Sue says:

    Thanks for writing this up — I’m going to try to get it rolling for my gulou.tumblr site as soon as a I can, even if it’s still not quite the perfect backup…

    • Reverend says:

      Glad you are, was thinking precisely of you when I wrote this. I want to keep my tumblr on tumblr because the community there is awesome. But still feel good to know I have my own skeletal trace should things go wrong quick. I still want to find a way to copy over the images that have a tumblr address so i know they are preserved as well.

    • Reverend says:


      Did you see this: http://bavatuesdays.com/importing-and-archiving-tumblr-images-on-wordpress/

      The archive is now complete, and you can experiment with syndicating in your own Tumblr with FeedWordPress and the Add Linked Image to gallery plugin on your domian. Very cool, let me know if you want me to write-up a tutorial.

  2. Pat says:

    Nerd pedancticism – can feedwordpress harvest from tumblr – I didn’t think tumblr did RSS?

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  5. Barbara says:

    Hi Jim,

    I think the link here for Tumblr2Wordpress might be wrong? I know how much you like Mario Bava space outfits, but I can’t find the tool there.

    I think this is the right one? <a href="http://tumblr2wordpress.benapps.net/&quot; title="http://tumblr2wordpress.benapps.net/&quot;

    Friends don’t let friends post bad links. 🙂

  6. Reverend says:


    Thanks for that, I just fixed it. The tool is actually in the space suit 🙂

    Also, why are you being so nice to me, what is about to happen?

  7. Ryan Brazell says:

    @Jim, all I’m saying is this: if there’s a knock on your door this evening, don’t answer it.

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