Saving The Contents of a Spotify Playlist to a Text File

Creating offline song lists using the free Exportify Web app

Saving Spotify Playlists to Text Files
Using Exportify to create text files from Spotify playlists. Image © Mark Harris - Licensed to About.com, Inc.

Exporting Spotify Playlists to Text Files

If you've spent a long time using Spotify to carefully craft playlists for every occasion, then you might want to keep a text-based record of them offline. However, there isn't an option via any of Spotify's apps or Web Player to export the contents of playlists in text form. Manually highlighting songs in a playlist and copying them to a word document usually results in just cryptic URI (Uniform Resource Identifier) links that only Spotify understands.

So, what's the best way to export your playlists in text form?

One of the best tools to use is Exportify. This is a stellar Web-based app that can quickly generate savable files in CSV format. This is ideal if you want to import the information into a spreadsheet for instance, or just want a tabular record of what each playlist contains. There are several columns that Exportify creates in order to list important details, such as: artist name, song title, album, track length, and more.

Using Exportify to Create Printable Song Lists

To start exporting your Spotify playlists to CSV files, follow the steps below.

  1. Using your Internet browser go to the main Exportify website.
  2. Scroll down the main page and click on the Web API link (https://rawgit.com/watsonbox/exportify/master/exportify.html).
  3. On the Web page that is now displayed, click on the Get Started button.
  4. You will now need to connect the Exportify Web app to your Spotify account. This is safe to do so don't worry about any security issues. Assuming you already have an account, click on the Log in to Spotify button.
  1. If you want to log in using your Facebook account then click the Facebook button. If you prefer the standard method, then enter your username and password in the relevant text boxes and click Log In.
  2. The next screen will display what Exportify will do when connecting to your account -- don't worry this isn't permanent. It will be able to read information that is shared publicly, and will also have access to both normal playlists and ones that you have collaborated with others on. When you are ready to proceed, click the Okay button.
  1. After Exportify has accessed your playlists you'll see a list of them displayed on the screen. To save one of your playlists to a CSV file, simply click on the Export button next to it.
  2. If you want to backup all of your playlists then click the Export All button. This will save a zip archive called spotify_playlists.zip which contains all of your playlists.
  3. When you've finished saving all that you need, just close the window in your browser.