I wrote an open source tool that can download your data from all your online accounts

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I needed something that downloads my data from my online accounts and aggregates it all into a single timeline. So, say hello to Timeliner: https://github.com/mholt/timeliner

A few years ago, I realized that all my photos go straight from my phone into Google Photos, leaving me with no local copy of them, so if anything ever happened to my Internet connection (which happens a lot — I’m from Iowa, where snow took out our satellite connection all the time) or my Google account, all those memories would be gone, or at least inaccessible to me. That is unacceptable to me in the long term.

Timeliner is designed to be able to work with pretty much any kind of data source / online service, and it supports two modes of getting data:

  • An API
  • Importing from a file (like from Google Takeout, or archives exported from a service)

There’s no way to visualize the timeline yet, but if you’re handy with SQLite, you can use table viewers and/or run SQL queries to go through the data. (The most important thing is that you at least have the data!)

There are instructions on the wiki if you want to contribute more data sources or improve on existing ones.

It’s still in it’s very early stages, but it’s at the point now where I’m trusting my home server to run it every week.

Feel free to give it a spin. I hope you’ll find it useful!

submitted by /u/mwholt to r/DataHoarder
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