The RecipeTools Recipe Formatting System

The basic RecipeTools recipe formatting system consists of the RecipeClips scripting system and NoteTab text editor.


RecipeClips itself is a NoteTab clip (script) library. It processes text files to produce a desired output. RecipeClips takes as input either OCR text files, files exported from RecipeFox, plain text files, exported text files from other recipe managers, or email lists, and produces a standardized tagged text file. User options exist to control the final output format. Multiple output types are supported.


CB2CB is an optional program which processes the file produced by RecipeClips to produce MasterCook Mx2, Living Cookbook Fdx, or other output formats. RecipeClips produces MasterCook files without requiring CB2CB.

Getting Started

To get started, download the Mandatory RecipeTools files. (Look on the left side.) You also need a current copy of NoteTab, (the NoteTab Pro version is best, but the free NoteTab Lite version will also work).Please refer to the Setup menu section for installation details.


There are regular updates to the RecipeClips clip library, its support files and CB2CB. RecipeClips provides commands to automatically download most of these.

Documentation for installing, configuring and using the RecipeClips system is available in the menu sections on the left for Set Up, How To, and Reference.

Other Tools

Other tools that are required or are useful to work with the RecipeClips system can be found from the External Tool Links menu section and the Optional Downloads section.

Other Resources

Please join the Yahoo RecipeTools group for email support, release announcements and general discussion of RecipeTools.