Tuesday, November 17, 2009

How to backup bookmarks in Firefox

There is always a chance that Firefox browser may crash due to various reasons such as new theme installation, add-on installation or any other reason. To have a backup data for bookmark in Firefox is always a good idea as you may never know you will need it someday. It only takes seconds to backup your bookmark, and you can choose two methods to do it (to do bookmarks backup for Internet Explorer browser you can click here):

  • From the Firefox menu bar, click on Bookmarks > Organize Bookmarks and Library pop-up window will appear (you also can do it by pressing shortcut keys on your keyboard: Ctrl + Shift + B).
  • Click on “Import and Backup” pull-down menu and select “Backup” and choose the location to save the file. Make sure to leave the bookmark backup as .json file too as this is the type of file that Firefox 3 uses for backup.
how to backup bookmarks in Firefox
  • When restoring your backup, navigate back to “Import and Backup” pull-down menu and select Restore > Choose File, then find your backup .json file.

    You may also import and export in HTML file format. This is ideal in sharing the bookmarks to others.
Second method is go to your “bookmarks.json” file that Firefox has been backing up for you all along for your bookmarks in the profile folder. Your profile folder may be in a different location depending on your operating system. You can find your profile folders in this location:

For Windows 2000 or XP:
C:\Documents and Settings\Username\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\xxxxxx.default\bookmarkbackups

For Windows Vista or Windows 7:

The Application Data folder is hidden, you can show hidden folders by opening Window Explorer > Tools > Folder Option > View Tab > Show hidden files and folders.

You can also find the AppData from the Run box by type in %APPDATA% and click OK, then navigate to the file.
how to find profile folder in Firefox
Or, the easiest way i can find is click the Start button on the Windows taskbar, in the “Start Search” box type in “.json” and it will take you directly to the backup files :)

how to find your bookmarks backup files

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