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How to Transfer Firefox Bookmarks and Other Settings

If you are switcher with one foot still in the proverbial grave and haven’t entirely let go of your PC, this article is for you.

In my profession, I tend to change computers a lot. Thankfully, I get Macs. We gave away our PC to a friend, and needed to save my wife’s bookmarks on my MacBook, until we get a replacement. On a Mac, it is very easy to transfer all of your personalized preferences from one computer to another. Going from a PC to a Mac takes a few more steps, and you can’t transfer everything as easily.

I usually only want to save my preferences when I get a new computer, just because I like fresh installs of all my software. I know it is a lot easier to use Apple’s Migration Assistant, but this is how I roll.

To get everything from one Mac to another, all you do is go to [username]/Library/Application Support/Firefox and copy the entire Firefox folder to your new computer. You can do this with any application you have on your computer. It copies all of your information, preferences, plugins, and history. Very slick.

From a PC to a Mac, I could not find a way to export everything from Firefox to my Mac. I can export the bookmarks, but that is it. My wife wasn’t too happy about that. All she really cared about were her bookmarks, though. When you tell Firefox to import from the file menu, it only asks to import all your preferences from Safari. You can do that if you have been using Safari, but it is better to go to the Bookmarks menu, choose “Organize Bookmarks…”

You will want to click the “Refresh Favorites” or settings button, and choose import HTML. Choose your bookmarks.html file, and it will import the PC Firefox bookmarks.

Or, just as easily, use the File->Import Bookmarks in Safari and import them into Safari, and then you can get all your Safari bookmarks and your PC Firefox bookmarks in one fell swoop.

6 Responses to “How to Transfer Firefox Bookmarks and Other Settings”

  1. To Jethro Jones’
    *From a PC to a Mac, I could not find a way to export everything from Firefox to my Mac…*

    There are few ways to do it.


    Moving firefox profile from PC to Mac

    OR HERE:

    How do I move Firefox profile from my PC (XP) to a new Mac?

  2. I have a fairly NEW MacAir.

    I used it in my offices where we have a few wireless nodes to allow access all over the property.

    With my new Air, I also got a Time Capsule.

    I thought I setup the Time Capsule with Time Machine, correctly, but I noticed a few times, on the little dialogue box, that it was trying to backup almost 100 GB of data?!?!

    I just ignored it and let it do it’s “Magic”, thinking my NEW RELIABLE MAC AIR would never need a restore anyway.

    I would sometimes sit at the desk near the Time Capsule (presumably on it’s network) for a few hours and then leave the area with my Air, to return again later for minutes, hours and more.

    I noticed sometimes it would try to perform a backup while I was BUSY with other stuff and I would click cancel, figuring that it would bounce back to where it left off later, as the system is advertised.

    4 days ago my Air lost everything. I went to the Apple store for an exchange and took the time capsule with me, hopefull they would make my new one an exact clone of my other one, which I had spent dozens of hours customizing, etc PLUS had thousands of files exclusively stored on it.

    The tech said there we no backups on the time capsule???

    I brought both back and installed Time machine on a PC in the network and found 3 FOLDERS, one a “parse” folder.

    Using the migration feature on bootup of the new AIR didn’t work after several attempts, it couldn’t :”find”: any back ups???

    I looked at the folders on the PC and one folder has almost 98 GB’s of files and over 100MBs in the others.

    I moved these folders to the HrdDrive on the new Mac Air, but when I try to click on them (hoping it would launch some sort of uncompress app or something), it says” WARNING: Image: Appled MacBook_00163782389271…..tmp.sparsebundle”
    Reason: “Operation not supported”

    That one file is 68.1 MB, and it say’s under “kind”, on the general info tab: “Sparse Disk Image Bundle”.

    Can these be used in this form at all?

    I still have the “files” and would LOVE to get my new Air back to where the “old one” (4 weeks old), was.

    Ideally, I would LOVE all settings, software, applications, customizations, etc to follow, but at the VERY least, the documents, music, images, pictures, spreadsheets, word docs, etc would be very useful.

    Any ideas on what I can do here??


  3. I used a program called Bookdog on my Mac to transfer bookmarks from Camino to Firefox. It didn’t understand Firefox 3.0’s new way of storing bookmarks, but was able to export them to .html which firefox could import. I believe the newest version actually understands Firefox 3.0. Anyway, the program can transfer bookmarks to and from various different browsers. It’s $20 and has a free demo.