This litte project is an importer for WordPress XML dumps into refinerycms(-blog).

So far, only blog-relevant data gets imported, I'm working on the cms pages part.

You can find the source code on github:


As refinerycms-wordpress-import is an addon for RefineryCMS, is shares the prerequisites with it. So you'll first need a running installation of refinerycms and refinerycms-blog. Make sure the site is running, all migrations are run and you created the first refinery user.


As there is no official release out yet, just add this repos to your projects Gemfile:

gem 'refinerycms-wordpress-import', :git => 'git://'

and run



Importing the XML dump is done via 3 rake tasks:

rake wordpress:reset_blog

This one basically deletes all data from blog relevant tables (taggings, tags, blog_comments, blog_categories, blog_posts, blog_categories_blog_posts). Use this one first, if you want a clean import of your old blog.

rake wordpress:import_blog[file_name]

This one does all the heavy work of parsing the dump and importing the data into refinery tables. The parameter is the path to the dump file. Got a report from a Mac user, that the ~ didn't work in the path. I'll have a look at it, but till then, don't use it please.

If you don't want to import draft posts, you can set the ENV variable ONLY_PUBLISHED to true:

rake wordpress:import_blog[file_name] ONLY_PUBLISHED=true

The task will then skip all posts that are not published.

rake wordpress:reset_and_import_blog[file_name]

This one combines the two previous tasks.


This is still a very new gem. It manages to import my own blog and a standard WordPress 3.1 dump with some sample posts. The first feedback is quite good, so it seems, the gem doesn't eat the machines it is installed on.

If you want to help make it even more stable, please throw your own WP dumps against it and see what happens. If you encounter any bugs, please file a bug report here on github. A sample dump that breaks this gem would be really helpful in that case.

For extra karma, fork it, fix it yourself and send a pull request! ;-)