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Importing from Anki

You can import many types of Anki flashcards into your RemNote knowledge base.

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Written by Soren Bjornstad
Updated this week

If you were previously or are currently an Anki user, you can import your flashcards and review history from Anki. You can also grab relevant shared decks from the AnkiWeb shared decks page or a friend who uses Anki and use them in RemNote.

Step 1: Export from Anki (if you don't already have an apkg)

  1. In Anki, click the gear icon next to the deck you want to export, then choose Export. (Or, to export your entire collection, choose File > Export.)

  2. Export format: Select .apkg.

  3. Include: Ensure the deck you'd like to export is selected.

  4. Check all of the checkboxes at the bottom: Include scheduling information, Include deck presets, Include media, and Support Older Anki Versions.

  5. Click Export in the lower-right and save the .apkg file somewhere convenient.

Step 2: Import to RemNote

  1. In RemNote, click on your username in the upper-left corner and choose Import.

  2. Click the Anki button, then Select .apkg files, and select the .apkg file you exported earlier.

  3. Deselect any decks you don’t want to import, if you exported several, and choose Import Cards.

If you exported a lot of cards, it may take as long as several minutes to finish importing them and converting them to RemNote format.

Step 3 (Optional): Integrate your Anki cards into your Knowledge Base

The documents created from imported decks will be tagged Anki Deck. As you become more familiar with RemNote, or if you’re already an accomplished RemNote user, you may find that your imported cards could be strengthened by reorganizing them or adding references to other cards, taking advantage of the additional features of RemNote. If you have time, you can use this tag to find opportunities for improvement, or simply edit cards as you come across them in review and notice they could be improved.

Limitations

We can successfully import most note types in Anki, including basic flashcards, cloze flashcards, image occlusion flashcards (both native Anki image occlusions and Image Occlusion Enhanced ones), and most custom note types.

Since RemNote has somewhat different goals than Anki and models flashcards differently, though, it is not 100% perfect. A few important limitations:

  • If you heavily used CSS on a note type in Anki, this isn't imported, and your cards will look different in RemNote. You might be able to use custom CSS within RemNote to replicate some of the formatting.

  • Custom JavaScript on note types is not supported in RemNote, so cards created from templates that rely on JavaScript may not display correctly in RemNote.

  • Cards that use some forms of TTS (those that are generated “on the fly” rather than generating audio files) won't read the text in RemNote.

  • Image occlusion note types need to retain their original names and field names to import successfully into RemNote. The vast majority of people will never change these (and you probably know if you've done so), but if you have, you may need to rename them within Anki first.

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