How to Backup Firefox Bookmarks

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Backup Firefox Bookmarks


Depending on how long you've had your computer, your bookmarks might date back years; that's an awful lot of work and information to lose. Firefox makes it really simple to export and save your Firefox bookmarks in universal formats, like JSON and HTML, so you can store them someplace safe or import them on another computer running Firefox, or even Chrome.

Backup Your Firefox Bookmarks

  1. Open Firefox, then select the bookmark icon in the top menu bar. It looks a bit like four books on a shelf.

    Firefox New Tab
  2. Select Bookmarks.

    Firefox Bookmarks Menu
  3. The menu will shift to show you all your recent bookmarks along with the bookmark categories. At the very bottom of the list, select Show All Bookmarks.

    Firefox Bookmark Drop Down
  4. Firefox will open the bookmark library window. At the top, select Import and Backup.

    Firefox Bookmark Library

    You can also open the bookmark library by pressing CTRL+Shift+O.

  5. Select Backup. Alternatively, if you'd rather export to HTML, which is the format Chrome uses, select Export Bookmarks to HTML.

    Firefox Bookmark Import and Backup Menu
  6. A new window will open, allowing you to choose a destination for your backup. When you're satisfied with your file name and location, select Save.

    Create The Firefox Bookmark Backup

    If you have a USB flash drive plugged into your computer, you can backup directly to it here as well.

  7. Your backup is now stored either as a JSON file for Firefox or HTML, which both Chrome and Firefox can work with. You can move it freely between computers or back it up to the cloud.

How to Restore Your Bookmark Backup in Firefox

Backups aren't much good if you can't restore them later, and Firefox makes that simple, too. You can use the same bookmark library window to import your backup files from either Firefox or Chrome.

  1.  Open Firefox if you haven't already.

    Firefox New Tab
  2. Select the bookmark icon, then select Bookmarks > Show All Bookmarks. Or, press CTRL+Shift+O.

    Firefox Bookmark Library
  3.  Select Import and Backup again at the top of the window.

    Firefox Bookmark Import and Backup Menu
  4. Import your backup:

    • From HTML: If you created an HTML backup from Firefox or your backup is from Chrome, select Import Bookmarks from HTML. A new window will open for you to browse to the location of your HTML backup file. Select and open it.
    • From JSON: If you have a regular Firefox JSON backup, select Restore. At the bottom of the list, select Choose File, then select your backup.
    Restore Firefox Bookmarks

    Hovering over a JSON backup in a Firefox install that's been around for some time will reveal Firefox has automatically made its own backups periodically. It's a good thing to keep in mind, should you ever forget to make a backup; you may be able to locate Firefox's automatic ones in your files.

  5. Firefox will go to work and import your bookmarks. Depending on the backup, they may be lumped into their own folder, but they'll be available, and you can always use the library window to re-organize them.