How do I export / back up / transfer my ReadCube library?

You can export your entire ReadCube library for backup and migration purposes (e.g. backing up to an external hard drive or transferring your library to a new computer). 

Just open the desktop app Preferences (from the bottom left gear button) and click on the Support tab. 

In the Library Export section, choose either the ReadCube Archive or .bib export format. 

To migrate your library - for example, to a new computer - choose the ReadCube Archive option. Select the "Export Files" checkbox to include PDFs. This option will create copies of the files in a new folder at the export location and may take a significant amount of time depending on your library size. If unchecked, only reference metadata will be exported.

To import your library on a different computer, simply use the regular Import screen to drag in just the .rc file. If the "Export Files" option was selected, we'll attach the PDFs automatically; just make sure the .data folder containing the PDFs is in the same location as the .rc file. All imported PDFs will be copied to the default folder location ("ReadCube Media" in your Documents folder). This setting can be changed in Preferences - General section.

For inter-compatibility with other software, please choose the .bib export option.

To export single or multiple selected references, instead of your entire library database, please see this related article.

ReadCube Desktop (Mac/PC)

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  4. How do I organize my articles in ReadCube Desktop?
  5. Can ReadCube Desktop automatically organize my articles into lists?
  6. How do I rename or remove a list in ReadCube Desktop?
  7. How do I move Notes/Highlights/Lists from one computer to another without Cloud Sync?
  8. How can I export references from ReadCube?
  9. Can I download PDFs using ReadCube Desktop from journals to which my institution is a subscriber?
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  11. How do I use advanced search terms in ReadCube Desktop?
  12. How do I search my library in ReadCube Desktop?
  13. How can I delete articles downloaded via ReadCube Desktop from my computer?
  14. Where does ReadCube Desktop store downloaded article PDFs?
  15. How can I change my article's download provider in ReadCube Desktop?
  16. ReadCube Desktop Article Download Tips
  17. What can I do if ReadCube won't launch / update / install?
  18. How do I use the Enhanced PDF in ReadCube Desktop?
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  20. ReadCube Desktop Release Notes
  21. Manually Adding References/Citations into your ReadCube Library
  22. What are the system requirements for the ReadCube desktop application?
  23. What are Recommendations?
  24. How do I completely remove ReadCube Desktop from my computer?
  25. How can I make ReadCube Desktop's display change to Chinese, Japanese, or Korean?
  26. Where is ReadCube 2.0 installed?
  27. What are connectors?
  28. Why does ReadCube look fuzzy on my high resolution display?
  29. Why do I get a blank/white screen when trying to download a ScienceDirect paper?
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