How to Import Bookmarks and Other Browsing Data to Firefox

Transfer your bookmarks to Firefox

The Firefox web browser offers a wide array of features, along with thousands of extensions, making it one of the more popular browsers. If you are a new convert to Firefox, you may want to import website bookmarks from a different browser, such as Safari or Chrome.

Instructions in this guide cover desktop/laptop versions of the Firefox browser.

How to Import Bookmarks to Firefox

Transferring your Bookmarks or Favorites to Firefox is a fairly easy process and can be completed in just a couple of minutes. This tutorial walks you through the process.

  1. Open Firefox and select the Library icon, located to the right of the Search bar.

    The Library icon in Firefox
  2. Select Bookmarks.

    Bookmarks in Firefox
  3. When the drop-down menu appears, select Show All Bookmarks.

    You can use the following keyboard shortcut to open the same window.

    The "Show All Bookmarks" command
  4. The All Bookmarks section of Firefox's Library interface should now be displayed. Select the Import and Backup button, indicated by an icon with an up and down arrow.

    The Import and Backup button in Firefox
  5. A drop-down menu will appear, containing the following options.

    Firefox import options
    • Backup: Allows you to back up your Firefox Bookmarks as a JSON file.
    • Restore: Allows you to restore your Bookmarks from a previous date/time or from a saved JSON file.
    • Import Bookmarks from HTML: Allows you to import Bookmarks that were saved in HTML format, whether from Firefox or another browser.
    • Export Bookmarks to HTML: Allows you to store all of your Firefox Bookmarks in an HTML file.
    • Import Data from Another Browser: Opens Firefox's Import Wizard, which allows you to import Bookmarks/Favorites, cookies, history, and other data components from another browser. For the purposes of this tutorial, we are going to select this option.
  6. Firefox's Import Wizard should now be displayed, overlaying your main browser window. The first screen of the wizard lets you select the browser that you wish to import data from. The options shown vary depending on which browsers are installed on your system, as well as which are supported by Firefox's import functionality.

    Select the browser that contains your desired source data, and select Next (Continue on macOS). You can repeat this import process multiple times for different source browsers if necessary.

    Firefox import wizard
  7. The Items to Import screen should now be displayed, which allows you to select which browsing data components you wish to migrate over to Firefox. The items listed will vary, depending on the source browser and the data available. If an item is accompanied by a check mark, it will be imported. To add or remove a checkmark, simply select it.

    Once you are satisfied with your selections, select Next (Continue on macOS). The import process will now begin. The more data you have to transfer, the longer it will take. Once complete, you will see a confirmation message listing the data components that were successfully imported. Select Finish (or Done on macOS) to return to Firefox's Library interface.

    Firefox items to import
  8. Firefox should now contain a new Bookmarks folder, containing the transferred sites, as well as all other data that you chose to import.