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Connect Wallabag and Instapaper with IFTTT

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I have migrated all my readings from Instapaper and Pocket to Wallabag since Sep-2018, those 2 awesome services have been my primary reading apps during the past years, they are elegant and reliable. But what makes me to host my own reading app are I want to own my data, extend the services as I want and search in full articles. To avoid to put all eggs in one basket, I decided still use Instapaper as the first line of saving articles, besides it has a lot of awesome features(e.g. Sending to Kindle) and best integration with other internet services.

Wallabag has a api method to submit url itself, but the problem is the access token expires in 1 hour. There is already an api wrapper for fixing this problem, wallabag_api by push-things, it handles the auth gracefully. So next you just need to write your RESTful api to consume it, flask-restful is my first choice.

The first step: install wallabag_api, flask, flask-restful.

pip install wallabag_api
pip install flask-restful

Get you own clent_id and client_srec in the API clients management page of your Wallabag website and replace with below script.

import aiohttp
import asyncio
from pathlib import Path
from wallabag_api.wallabag import Wallabag

from flask import Flask
from flask_restful import reqparse, abort, Api, Resource

app = Flask(__name__)
api = Api(app)

parser = reqparse.RequestParser()

# settings
my_host = 'http://my-wallabag-host:33333'

async def main(loop, url):

    params = {'username': 'username',
              'password': 'password',
              'client_id': '8888888888',
              'client_secret': '9999999999',
              'extension': 'json'}

    # get a new token
    token = await Wallabag.get_token(host=my_host, **params)

    # initializing
    async with aiohttp.ClientSession(loop=loop) as session:
        wall = Wallabag(host=my_host,
        await wall.post_entries(url)

class Entry(Resource):

    def post(self):
        args = parser.parse_args()
        if args['token'] == "my-own-static-token":
            loop.run_until_complete(main(loop, args['url']))

api.add_resource(Entry, '/entry')
loop = asyncio.get_event_loop()

For running you little RESTful service you’d better choose a management app like uWSGI. Run below command will start you service at port 55555 and no logs saving, you can change the output direction into you preferred logs location.

nohup uwsgi --http :55555 --module wapi:app >/dev/null 2>&1 &

After you comfortable with your testing of the service, you can config at IFTTT like mine:

Other thoughts

I have had other ideas and really like to try in the future:

Not real time sync

Using IFTTT to save the article links first and deploy a task to import unsynced articles weekly, the temp links can be saved in Google Sheet, Excel, Airtable or even DynamoDB.

Run the api in AWS Lambda

Since AWS is very generous to the developer, you can deploy this service for personal use at no charge(or nearly free)