User Help for Mozilla Firefox
Can anyone help me with this or know of another way to transfer firefox bookmarks between computers? I have Firefox 3.0.1 loaded on both computers....I think. Right now I don't have my old computer hooked up to verify, but I know for certain it was a Firefox 3 version at a minimum...possibly 3.0
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Use Bookmarks -> Organize Bookmarks -> Import & Backup -> Export HTML
... -> Import HTML
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I just copy and paste the "places.sqlite" found in profiles -- that is if your upgrading Firefox and transfering to
another Firefox. If going to a different browser, or lower than FF 3.0 then you need the html file and do as above said.
(Good idea to backup "places.sqlite" it contains everything-ALL bookmarks)
Why not just copy the .json file to any directory and restore it from there?
Bookmarks > Organize Bookmarks > Import & Backup > Restore > Choose File
I have FF 3.0.1 installed on my home and work computers. I use flash drive to transfer the places.sqlite file between the two PCs via SyncToy. What I've found, however, is the bookmarks are not getting updated on my home computer. I've used Sqlite Manager to verify the new bookmarks are in the database, but after copying the file (exiting FF first) and restarting Firefox, they're not there.
The HTML transfer method takes too many steps to perform every other day.
Transfer the .json files instead. You obtain those by using "Backup" from the bookmark organizer. You use "Restore" to import them.
If you copy places.sqlite then you may need to reset browser.places.*folderId prefs on the about:config page. Also old references in localstore.rdf to places.sqlite can cause problems.
So it is better to use a JSON backup to restore the bookmarks from.
Pike's Bookmarks Backup Extension is a good way to automate this... http://www.pikey.me.uk/mozilla/?addon=bb
It can save Bookmarks and other Profile data to the folder of your choice on a daily basis.....
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Using the .json files appears to be a workable solution. However, I'm still puzzled about why transferring the places.sqlite file works from home to work, but not from work to home.
Pike's extension seems to do what I'm doing manually so I doubt it would help.
I had the same problem the above answer :"Bookmarks > Organize Bookmarks > Import & Backup > Restore > Choose File" worked great!! Thanks
ok, I running Win XP Home and the new firefox 3.0.4 and I had to reformat the HD and before I did so I used firefox to backup my bookmarks and saved the .json file.
NOOOW when I try to restore that file it says "Unable to process the backup file."
It is driving me buggy because alllll of the last 6 months of bookmarks and research sites are in there and I really do not want to have to research it allll over again.
Any help is greatly loved!!
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Try to put the JSON backup in the bookmarkbackups folder and move all other files in that folder to another location. Then also remove places.sqlite and prefs.js from the profile folder. That should make Firefox use the JSON backup to recreate a new places.sqlite.
See Finding the profile folder on Windows
"Application Data" in XP and "AppData" in Vista are hidden folders
Show hidden files and folders
XP/2K : C:\Documents and Settings\<user>\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\<profile>\
Vista : C:\Users\<user>\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\<profile>\
Open that .json file in a text reader program, like Notepad. The "uri" for each bookmark is there, so you should be able to recover most of those bookmarks.
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