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~/⇾ yell YOUR_USER_ID
fetching articles starting with 0
fetching articles starting with 10
fetching articles starting with 20
fetching articles starting with 30
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Finished! Find in this directory:
- yelp.html, a hreview-formatted HTML version
- yelp.json: raw JSON data.

Using this code is against the Yelp Terms of Service because they prevent users (in section 6B iii of their terms of service) against:

Use any robot, spider, site search/retrieval application, or other automated device, process or means to access, retrieve, scrape, or index any portion of the Service or any Site Content;

However, section 5C makes it very clear that users own their contributed content.

As between you and Yelp, you own Your Content.

Given that copying-and-pasting ones content out of Yelp is rather inconvenient, in order to make 5C a reality, this code breaks 6B iii. It's an unfortunate overlap of code and law.

Yelp, for the most part, is doing a decent job - they publish reviews in the hReview microformat, and have APIs. And it's great that their TOS is fair in ownership to data. However, their APIs are for businesses, not users, and their TOS is unfair in access to data.


Instead of YOUR_YELP_USER_ID, you should put your user id. Find this by going to Yelp, and to your user page, and looking in the URL. It'll be like:

That end bit - the random letters after the =, is your userid.

npm install -g yell

Retrieving Photos

If you wish to retrieve your photos as well as your reviews, simple add -photos to the end of the call.

npm install -g yell
yell YOUR_YELP_USER_ID -photos

Photos will be stored in a photos directory, grouped by the location, then photo ID i.e. photos/Lyle's Cafè Shoreditch/d4E4Wh7cwjxRpLflGNwJIA.jpg.