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Import »Import from Medium

To import from Medium, first visit the Medium settings page, scroll down to Download your information, and select Download .zip to start the export process from Medium. You should receive an email from Medium with an export of your posts in an archive .zip file.

(If you’re exporting a Medium “publication” instead of a normal Medium site, the procedure’s a little bit different – you’ll need to ask the Medium support team to create the backup file for you. They provide the file in two different formats, HTML or XML – we need the HTML version.)

Next, go to the Import section for your site.

Sidebar menu with the Tools section expanded and the Import item highlighted

Note this option is only available for sites that do not have plugins installed or custom themes uploaded. If you have a site on the Business or eCommerce plan that has plugins or uploaded themes installed, you will need to first create a new free WordPress.com site on your account by going to My Sites Add New Site and import your content to that site following these steps.

Alternatively, WordPress.com Business or eCommerce plan sites can also use a tool like https://mediumtowp.com/ to import their content.

Click the Medium importer.

This is where you will upload the .zip file you downloaded from Medium. Simply drag the file into the import window, or click to find it on your computer.

Medium import screen

Click Continue once the file has been uploaded. The import will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.

Medium Import processing screen

You will receive a notification from us when the import completes. All of your Medium content will now appear as posts on your site under the original date of the post, along with their original tags. Also, published posts will be automatically marked as published on the site but drafts will remain unpublished. You can also run the import tool multiple times to retrieve newer posts without duplicating your old ones.

If you are trying to import your content to a site that uses plugins and custom themes, you can now take an export from the WordPress.com site you created at the beginning of this process by going to Tools → Export and import the downloaded file to the original WordPress.com site.

Happy blogging!

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