Evernote & Scrivener Part 1

Getting Your Evernote Text Notes Into Scrivener

Like many users of Scrivener I am happily using eagerly awaiting the release of the iOS version of the application. Although I have been waiting for a shorter period than many of the die hard Scrivener users out there as I have only recently started on my writing journey with a dedicated writing software.

I was scouring YouTube the other day and came across a video that included Evernote in the workflow. It was on Windows and I wasn’t sure if it would translate to the Mac but I was so excited that I decided I was determined to try it. There had to be some setting or feature that I was missing that would make this possible on the Mac. Now if you know me you know my love of Evernote (all things Evernote) and that once I decide I want something then I’m going to get it even if it drives me insane in the process. This was no different.

It was dead simple to get this going and probably something that I would have come across if I had read the manual (I’m not sure though as I tend to jump right in and read the manual later).

Below is a screenshot of the Preferences for Scrivener.


In order to get the notes out of Evernote and into Scrivener the Scrivener Import/Export settings for HTML should be set as they are shown in the red box. This will allow you to export from Evernote as HTML and then drag and drop them into Scrivener. (I didn’t have success with exporting as Evernote note format and I generally have my exports in HTML anyway).

NOTE: Using the Import menu option doesn’t work for me but if anyone gets it working instead of drag and drop let me know.

To get the note into an HTML format select the note or notes you want to use and right-click which will pull up the menu shown in the screenshot below.


Go down to Export Note and click on that which will then pull up this menu.


Title the note and select the location you wish to save it in. I keep a folder on my desktop titled My Notes and I put everything in there.

When you open the folder you have created the notes will look like the screenshot below. They will have whatever the note title is and then a .html file format.


From here it’s as simple as dragging and dropping the .html file into whatever folder you would like it to be homed in in Scrivener. For this example I went ahead and put it in my Research folder so I can go back and decide if I want to use it later.

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And that’s it! While it does take a little bit of work I find that it’s the best alternative to a native iOS app that automatically syncs with the Mac version of Scrivener. It allows you to write on the go whether you are on your iPhone, iPad, or for that matter working in Evernote (if you so chose) on the Mac or web.

I have found it to be a valuable tool for storing all sorts of information while I am out and about and then bringing it into Scrivener when I have time to sit down at the Mac and actually write.

Stay tuned for more parts in the series of using Evernote with Scrivener.


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