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How to sync bookmarks across Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox bookmarks?

As I currently understand, Google Chrome puts bookmarks separately from Google Bookmarks, which is accessible in Firefox by using Google Toolbar for Firefox. Right?

So, how should I synchronize my browsers? I use Google Chrome as my primary browser. It works good and bookmarks are synchronized across a number of computers I'm using.

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Yes, as jcnaquin suggested, Xmarks is awesome.

(Chrome Extension, Firefox Ad-on)

Not only can you do cross-browser, but you can set up profiles for different computers (Work/Home/Custom) and determine which bookmarks/folders go with each profile. This can help you choose if you want specific bookmarks to be at home, or if you want to leave them at work.

In addition, you can sync Passwords, or Open Tabs on each computer, but only if you want to, of course.

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    As a common sense, make sure to turn off bookmarks sync in both Chrome & Firefox on all machines prior to using Xmarks. It is truly a nightmare when all three bookmarks sync service are fighting, duplicating exponentially bookmarks across 14+ browsers among 6 or 7 boxes. – Antony May 22 '12 at 16:06
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    @Antony can confirm. Do not leave bookmark sync turned on in Chrome Sync. Bad things will happen – cavalcade Oct 21 '14 at 5:56
  • not yet compatible with firefox quantum – user26631 Nov 24 '17 at 9:35
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    Xmarks is now planned to be discontinued, so EverSync may be the best alternative currently. – JimNim Mar 30 '18 at 16:13
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Give Xmarks a try. http://www.xmarks.com/

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    Does it sync history too? – andrewrk Jan 29 '12 at 8:11
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    I used to use Xmarks, but it was sometimes hogging CPU to the point it was more of a hindrance than a help, so I got rid of it. – Craig McQueen Dec 17 '14 at 1:23
  • xmarks will discontinue... – obayhan Apr 25 '18 at 11:23
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There has been a tentative project to implement Weave Sync into Google Chrome http://code.google.com/p/chromeweave/

as well as https://bitbucket.org/philikon/weaveclient-chromium

  • Unfortunately the last update still seems to be from Feb 24, 2011 – nealmcb Apr 5 '15 at 19:04
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There is no actual way to sync your bookmarks through different web browsers without using one of those services (like Xmarks, EverSync or Delicious, for example) that require you to create an account. The problem with that is that it might lead your browser to create several copies of your bookmarks, making a REAL mess, as Antony said.

Of those 3, I personally recommend EverSync, as you can freely use it on your phone as well, but there are many more similar services, most of them with the same multisyncing issue.

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You can also do it without the use of any add-ons by using the following steps:

  1. Go to "Show all Bookmarks" (Ctrl+Shift+B)
  2. Click on "Import and Backup"
  3. Select "Import data from other browsers"
  4. Select the browser from which you want to import the bookmarks and click Next
  5. All the bookmarks are imported under the folder as "From Google Chrome" so one does not have to worry of the same name folder or same bookmarks present in it.
  6. Now you can manually organise the new bookmarks according to your need.
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    This is just one time import of bookmarks. So it is not what is expected. – vaichidrewar Dec 26 '12 at 23:05
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    This doesn't sync. – trusktr Jan 3 '13 at 21:10
  • Don't be lazy. I hate giving my email address and name to services that are really out to make money – Fandango68 Aug 2 '17 at 0:52
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Another option would be Delicious.

It syncs between IE, Chrome and Firefox.

I believe it can synchronize with dropbox as well.

  • Where on the delicious site do you get this tool? – trusktr Jan 3 '13 at 21:09
  • You will need to sign up. – Mariyan Jan 4 '13 at 7:54
  • yes delecious is just awesome, works best for all mainstream browsers, apart from it here is a good list of tools that you can use apart from Xmarks programmerfish.com/… – Fahad Saleem Oct 4 '13 at 12:13
  • +1 for suggesting Delicious, its quite nice bookmarking tool/service – Fawix Jan 18 '15 at 17:08
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I am using Firefox Sync because I use Firefox as my primary browser, but Firefox Sync completely messes up my bookmarks, creating duplicates each time I log on to one of my computer. Seems to work only for a single-computer setup, which is quite outdated nowadays.

Xmarks has been discontinued since months. Last time I tried it because the website came back online I don't know why, the server wasn't responding at all.

Manually importing bookmarks works, AGAIN, for a single-computer setup. But I will never always think about saving my bookmarks when I leave one computer, copy that somewhere (e.g., Dropbox), and restoring when logging on another computer.

It seems that the only way is now to bypass the browser's bookmarks and setup a web server with an HTML page with links, and update the page manually to add bookmarks, or get rid of all computers except one in order to use some bookmark-syncing options above.

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    The webserver solution does not actually require a webserver, though. Just create a simple html-file and open it in your browser, possibly synced through Dropbox or SpiderOak. – phresnel Feb 20 '15 at 16:45

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