How to backup Mozilla Firefox bookmarks?

Whether in Windows or Ubuntu, I will use Mozilla Firefox as my primary web browser. I like using Mozilla Firefox because it is fast (fyi, Google Chrome is faster than Firefox), has thousands of useful addons, properly renders websites and also easy to familiarize even you are a new user.


But two days back, my friend want to format his laptop. But before he proceeds, he asked me how to backup his Mozilla Firefox bookmark. He said, he has around 50 bookmarked websites and he don’t want to lose all his favourite links. So here is what I told him to do.

  1. In Mozilla Firefox, go to Bookmarks > Organize Bookmarks.
  2. Click on Import and Backup, choose Backup.
  3. Choose location where you want to store the backup file by clicking on the Browse button.
  4. Click Save.

The backup file is saved in .json file extension. Only Firefox 3 using .json file to keep all our bookmarks information.

For Firefox 2, it using standard .html file which you can choose, Export HTML under Import and Backup menu.

Extra Note: Did you know, Mozilla Firefox always backup our bookmark when each time we closed the browser? The backup files are stored in your Mozilla Firefox profile folder. You can restore the backup file from Import and Backup menu and choose from the latest 5 backup files available.


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  2. salam.. then kalau install balik mozilla.. just paste file tuh kat mozilla nyer file ea?

  3. inicenti – I think you commented on wrong post.

    Vinil – Just guna Import/Export function tadi untuk import bookmark ke Firefox baru.

  4. ooooooops.. my bad..

  5. nice informative post..

  6. Salam… I’m using Xmarks add-on in my Firefox. You can make online backup & sync for your bookmarks. It works in both Windows & Ubuntu Firefox. Now IE & Safari (Mac) also supported… and soon for Google Chrome. Just install this add-on, and you can backup your bookmarks or sync at any computer… anyway, offline backup is always good practice. Regards.

  7. Maliki,

    Thanks a bunch for sharing the Xmark site. Very helpful!!!

  8. Thanks much, 4 the tip. I always looking 4 new informative and anything useful. TQ much, SIFU….

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