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Export Google Chrome bookmarks data file: Synchronize your bookmarks

November 13, 2008 05:11 PST

Posted by Andrew

The current version of Google Chrome supports for importing bookmakrs from Internet Explorer, FireFox and other browsers. You can just click menu Tools | Import Bookmarks and settings to complete the importing task. Unfortunately, if you want to move the Chrome bookmarks to a new computer, you will notice that Google Chrome does not yet have a way to export bookmarks. :-(

There is a FAQ in Google Chrome help:

Bookmarks: Export bookmarks

This feature is not available at the moment. If you imported your bookmarks from another browser, your data should still be available in the original browser.

If you search "Export Google Chrome bookmarks" in Google, you will find some programs to help you synchronize the bookmarks. However, there is a easy way to do that, you needn't install any programs!

Once you have installed Google Chrome on your computer, please open following folder with Windows Explorer:

  • Windows XP:
  • C:/Documents and Settings/{User Name}/Local Settings/Application Data/Google/Chrome/User Data/Default/
  • Windows Vista:
  • C:/Users/{User Name}/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data/Default/

In that folder, you will find a data file named Bookmarks:

Export Google Chrome Bookmarks, Synchronize your bookmarks

You can directly backup this file. To Synchronize your bookmarks to a new comptuer, just copy the file to the same folder on your new computer, and then restart Google Chrome, all of your bookmarks will now be there!

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#1  posted on November 17, 2008 17:53 PST
Better yet, get the Developer version of Chrome and you'll get the new bookmark manager with it. It isn't live synchronized bookmarks yet, but it's an improvement as you can import and export your bookmarks within Chrome. You can find the Developer version at this link:
http://chromium.googlecode.com/files/chromechannel-1.0.exe

#2  posted on March 01, 2009 19:14 PST
Yes. It supports export / import now... ;)

#3  posted on April 24, 2009 01:49 PDT
Why can't we use Google Bookmarks with Google Chrome ?
I'm steel obliged to open an other brother to easely bookmark pages on my google bookmarks.

#4  posted on May 27, 2009 15:51 PDT
Why can't google figure out how to host my bookmarks and tabs on one of their servers and then serve them up to each of my Chrome installations? I'm running Chrome [happily, I should add] on four machines and the only aggrevation is non-sync'd bookmarks and tabs from machine to machine.

#5  posted on June 30, 2009 20:11 PDT
I have that same problem too, needing to synch bookmarks across multiple machines. Until Google effectively solves this problem (if they ever address it at all), I'm going to export my Google Chrome bookmarks, import them into Firefox on my respective machines, then run Foxmarks, which synchs bookmarks btwn Firefox browser installations. Then, final step, import the (synched) bookmarks file from Firefox into Chrome.
Chrome -->Firefox/foxmarks -->Chrome
A little cumbersome, and a maintenance step I don't want to do more than once a month, but it will (finally!) get the job done. I'm tired of living in scattered data chaos. Can't find anything I've bookmarked and don't remember what's on what machine. Grrr.

#6  posted on October 22, 2009 04:21 PDT
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#7  posted on October 23, 2009 03:48 PDT
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#8  posted on January 27, 2010 16:52 PST
What if you are on a Mac? There is no file named bookmarks (or any other logical naming system for such a file) in Users, Systems, Library, Applications, or anywhere else. It must exist. I just don't know where to start if I don't have any idea as to what kind a document it would be or what it may be called. *Sigh* I really like Chrome, but I need to be able to go back and forth between browsers for web-development. I don't want to have to buy Transmute. Any guesses?

#9  posted on February 05, 2010 20:42 PST
If you hit Ctrl+Shift+B there is a sync option in chrome now.

#10  posted on March 10, 2010 22:50 PST
ose who use chrome regularly.

#11  posted on March 11, 2010 09:50 PST
helpful. And by the way yes the new bookmark sync feature is quite handy.

#12  posted on June 01, 2010 00:56 PDT
Yeah i have to agree, the sync feature is very, very nice! Having our bookmarks with us really speeds things up. We're always hungry for more great ideas like this. Good food for though to think about all the improvements that have been made to browsers in the last 5-10 years.

#13  posted on July 28, 2010 22:47 PDT
Thanks!! That was way too easy a solution for as much time I had previously wasted searching googles tool bar.
How do you guys figure these things out?

#14  posted on September 29, 2010 09:54 PDT
For Windows 7, Export the "Downloads" file with the Bookmark Manager, stick it wherever you want to on the target machine, then use Bookmark Manager on the target machine to Import it from that spot. It must be an HTML file, but the Bookmark Manager takes care of that if you use it on both ends -- and pick the right file. It will be in a Chrome folder dedicated to you, the user.

What I don't understand is that on the target machine Chrome insists on seeing it as an Imported bookmarks file, which takes slightly longer to step to.

#15  posted on January 03, 2011 16:47 PST
I have 'two' computers that my family shares. Can I point chrome in one of the computers to the 'bookmarks' file in the other - this way both computers are always sharing the same bookmarks?

#16  posted on March 05, 2011 03:16 PST
The export feature is very nice and usable. good chrome.

#17  posted on April 20, 2011 01:14 PDT
I'm running Chrome [happily, I should add] on four machines and the only aggrevation is non-sync'd bookmarks and tabs from machine to machine.

#18  posted on April 27, 2011 07:10 PDT
Excellent, worked like charm.

#19  posted on May 28, 2011 13:51 PDT
Tried to join forum, not working, so guess we'll try it this way...

My question may already have been addressed, however, I didn't see the answer, and the things suggested didn't work or apply to my application.

I am attempting to copy all my favorites on my Vista Laptop in Google Chrome to my new PC which has Win 7. Any detailed help will be greatly appreciated.

Send to twentysevenmai2011 at yahoo dot com, there are NO typos in the email name.

Thanx, Spencer

#20  posted on May 29, 2011 22:19 PDT
Your article give me different feelings!

#21  posted on October 28, 2011 18:18 PDT
High quality and inexpensive you deserve

#22  posted on May 06, 2012 03:25 PDT
Thanks for sharing....
I recommend you to have a look on the below url
http://www.viewsyntax.com/2012/05/import-and-export-chrome-bookmarks.html

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