# Reading local manga

Follow the steps below to create local manga.

  1. Create a folder named local in the /Tachiyomi/ folder.

    This is located in the phone's internal storage or external SD card.

  2. Place correctly structured manga inside /Tachiyomi/local/.
  3. You can then access the manga in
    explore
    Browse
    Local source.

If you add more chapters then you'll have to manually refresh the chapter list (by pulling down the list).

Supported chapter formats are folder with pictures inside (such as .jpg, .png, etc), ZIP/CBZ, RAR/CBR and EPUB. But expect better performance with directories and ZIP/CBZ.

Remember to give the app storage permissions on Android 6 and newer.

# Folder Structure

Tachiyomi requires a specific folder structure for local manga to be correctly processed. Local manga will be read from the Tachiyomi/local folder. Each manga must have a Manga folder and a Chapter folder. Images will then go into the chapter folder. See below for more information on archive files. You can refer to the following example:

Example (Folder)

  • /sdcard/Tachiyomi/local
    • Manga title
      • ch1
          images
      • ch2
          images
      • cover.jpg
    • ...
  • /storage/18F5-2C11/Tachiyomi/local
    • Manga title
      • ch3
          images
      • ch4
          images
    • ...

Tachiyomi will see four chapters in a single manga. The path to the folder with images must contain both the manga title and the chapter name (as seen above).

Example structure using the file manager

Here, the manga name is test so the file structure is /Tachiyomi/local/test/ch1/images.

# Archive Files

Archive files such as ZIP/CBZ are supported but the folder structure inside is not. Any folders inside the archive file are ignored. You must place the archive inside the Manga folder where the name will become the Chapter title. All images inside the archive regardless of folder structure will become pages for that chapter.

Example (ZIP)

  • /sdcard/Tachiyomi/local
    • Manga title
      • ch1.zip
          images
      • ch2.zip
        • ch2
            images
      • cover.jpg
    • ...

# Advanced

# Editing local manga details

It is possible to add details to local manga. Like manga from other catalogs, you add information about the manga such as the author, artist, description, and genre tags.

To import details along with your local manga, you have to create a json file. It can be named anything but it must be placed within the Manga folder. A standard file name is details.json. This file will contain the extended details about the manga in the JSON format. You can see the example below on how to build the file. Once the file is there, the app should load the data when you first open the manga or you can pull down to refresh the details.

You can copy the following example and edit the details as needed:

{
	"title": "Example Title",
	"author": "Example Author",
	"artist": "Example Artist",
	"description": "Example Description",
	"genre": ["genre 1", "genre 2", "etc"],
	"status": "0",
	"_status values": ["0 = Unknown", "1 = Ongoing", "2 = Completed", "3 = Licensed"]
}

# Using a custom cover image

It is also possible to use a custom image as a cover for each local manga.

To do this, you only need to place the image file, that needs to be named cover.jpg, in the root of the manga folder. The app will then use your custom image in the local source listing.