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mobi - library for unpacking unencrypted mobi files

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A fork of KindleUnpack which removes the GUI part and makes it available as a python library via PyPi for easy unpacking of mobi files.


As library

import mobi

tempdir, filepath = mobi.extract("")

'tempdir' is the path where the mobi is unpacked 'filepath' is the path to either an epub, html or pdf file depending on the mobi type

NOTE: You are responsible to delete the generated tempdir!

From the command line

The installer also creates a console script entrypoint that wraps the original KindleUnpack

$ mobiunpack
KindleUnpack v0.82
   Based on initial mobipocket version Copyright © 2009 Charles M. Hannum <[email protected]>
   Extensive Extensions and Improvements Copyright © 2009-2014
       by:  P. Durrant, K. Hendricks, S. Siebert, fandrieu, DiapDealer, nickredding, tkeo.
   This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify
   it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
   the Free Software Foundation, version 3.

  Unpacks an unencrypted Kindle/MobiPocket ebook to html and images
  or an unencrypted Kindle/Print Replica ebook to PDF and images
  into the specified output folder.
  mobiunpack -r -s -p apnxfile -d -h --epub_version= infile [outdir]
    -h                 print this help message
    -i                 use HD Images, if present, to overwrite reduced resolution images
    -s                 split combination mobis into mobi7 and mobi8 ebooks
    -p APNXFILE        path to an .apnx file associated with the azw3 input (optional)
    --epub_version=    specify epub version to unpack to: 2, 3, A (for automatic) or
                         F (force to fit to epub2 definitions), default is 2
    -d                 dump headers and other info to output and extra files
    -r                 write raw data to the output folder

[0.3.2] - 2021-10-14

  • Update dependencies

[0.3.1] - 2020-06-27

  • Fix pypi link
  • Update dependencies

[0.3.0] - 2020-03-02

  • Add support for mobi7 only files
  • Add experimental support for mobi print replica files
  • Add support for file-like objects

[0.2.0] - 2020-03-02

  • Minimal working 'extract' function and 'mobiunpack' console wrapper
  • Replace most print calls with logging

[0.1.0] - 2020-03-02

  • Empty package registered on pypi



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