File import/export


How to import from a file ?

There are two ways :

  • Using Astro or another file browser, click the compatible file to launch it with My CookBook
  • Copy your file on your device in the backup directory of My CookBook and use the import menu (File Import/Export). You can find or modify the backup directory in the settings of the app

Compatible formats

MyCookBook mcb format, xml format, Master Meal (.mmf, .mm, .txt), MasterCook (.mz2, .mx2, .mxp, .txt), LivingCookBook (.fdx), RezKonv (.rk, .txt), CookML(.cml), CookBook Wizard Recipe Software (.txt), Springpad (.json), Handy CookBook iOS app (.hcb) and Digital Recipe Sidekick android app (.xml)
Meal Master recipe format is one of the most common recipe format, you should find many compatible software on your PC :
Windows : NYC, RezKonv, LivingCookBook, …
Linux : Krecipe

What are mcb and xml format ?

.mcb files are complete backup of one or more recipes with pictures, perfect for sharing or transfering recipes. .mcb files are ZIP archives.
.xml files are for a local backup of one or more recipes, it does’nt not include pictures. You can find a description of our xml schema here : My CookBook XML Schema

How to generate a mcb file on my desktop ?

You can use the Recipe Writer that produce MyCookBook compatible files from any desktop computer.
Many thanks to Tjen !!

How to import recipes from a file ?

You should save your compatible recipe file (.xml, .mmf, .mm, .txt, .rk) on your phone SD card in the “MyCookBook” directory.
Then choose the import mode and use import button on the line of your file.


Import Mode


Import Button

How to export recipes to a file ?

In the action bar, select the destination where you want to send your file (SD Card or DropBox), and use the export button.

Select recipes that you want to export and click export button.
Choose the file format and the file name.

Your file will be saved on your phone SD card in the “MyCookBook” directory, or on your dropbox account.

Where to find recipe files ?

Some sites below, but searching with google will give you many results :

Where is the My CookBook backup directory

You can find or modify the backup directory in the settings of the app.
The default backup directory is located on your emulated sdcard. Depending on the device it may be /sdcard/MyCookBook/ or /mnt/sdcard/MyCookBook or /storage/sdcard0/MyCookBook or…

Known issues

  • Krecipe only support UTF8 encoding, mmf and rv files are exported in iso-8859-1. To avoid trouble with special characters switch to UTF-8 mode in the preferences.
  • Others file format than MyCookBook are not well fitted to MyCookBook, you will loose some informations like your comments, recipe URL or cooking time.

208 thoughts on “File import/export

  • Teresa

    I’m new to this. Been looking for like this type of recipe keeper. Like the idea of importing recipes from wesite. Over the years have collected paper recipes from friends and family as well from magazine/newspaper. Wish there is way to have these all scanned into this type recipe keeper.

    • android cookbook Post author

      Thanks for your suggestion ! I’ll try to do something when I will find some time …

  • Seppel

    I have a lot of pictures attached on my recipes. I have tried to transfer my cookbook to another device via mcb file. After importing the mcb all attached pics are missing. Do you have a solution?

  • C

    Thank for your prompt response. I have a couple more questions for you.

    1.Does the online account offer a merge option along with the sync feature?

    2. Can a backup be copied and saved to another location other than cookbook directory for safekeeping? I want to have access to it at anytime. Can the backup copy be imported to a third device; and if so how?

    3. Can you tell me step by step how to temporarily change the directory to be saved to?

  • C

    This is C again. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Regarding my previous post – Merging two different backups -. I don’t have our want an online account.

  • C

    Is there a way to merge TWO DIFFERENT My Cookbook backups into one single file? I have the app both on my phone and tablet, each contains a backup with a different set of recipes. I want to merge all recipes into one single file so I can access them from both devices. I’m afraid to wipe out either backup if I try to import one or the other into either device.


    • C

      Hay una aplicación llamada Printhand. La puedes comprar en google store. Ésta aplicacion te permite imprimir prácticamente cualquier cosa que quieras a través de la función “compartir”. Toma un poco de tiempo aprender a usarla, pero vale la pena. Yo puedo imprimir cualquier cosa desde mi teléfono o tableta. Para mi lo más importante es que lo puedo hacer sin necesidad de usar un servicio de Nube/Cloud; esto es aún más importante cuando imprimo documentos confidenciales que no quiero compartir con este tipo de servicios. Ojalá te sirva esta información.

      PD Hay una versión gratis de la aplicación que puedes probar para ver si te gusta antes de comprarla

  • Francois

    All my recipes are on my computer in Mastercook. I would like to now see my recipes directly in the kitchen on a tablet so I decided to give a try to your recipe software. My version of MasterCook stores the data in MX2 format. Although it is listed in the Compatible format in your importexport page, it is not deteted by My Cookbook import function.

    Am I doing something wrong or your software does not import mx2 files?


    • android cookbook Post author

      My CookBook import .mx2 files. Have you copied your file in the My CookBook backup directory ? You can find the path in the settings of the app

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