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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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  • After being unable to disable Chrome tabs feature on my Android device (even after changing its flags! Chrome on Android is a total mess and badly broken IMO!) I've decided to use Firefox on Android and keep using Chrome on my desktop. But now I have this ridiculous data syncing problem. Thanks for asking this, currently(in 2021) EverSync seems to work fine for me. But I'm not sure, I should see how things will go in a few days/weeks/months.
    – aderchox
    May 23, 2021 at 15:27

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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, 2012 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, 2014 at 5:56
  • not yet compatible with firefox quantum
    – user26631
    Nov 24, 2017 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, 2018 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, 2012 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. Dec 17, 2014 at 1:23
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    xmarks will discontinue...
    – obayhan
    Apr 25, 2018 at 11:23
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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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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

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    Unfortunately the last update still seems to be from Feb 24, 2011
    – nealmcb
    Apr 5, 2015 at 19:04
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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. Dec 26, 2012 at 23:05
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    This doesn't sync.
    – trusktr
    Jan 3, 2013 at 21:10
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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.

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  • Where on the delicious site do you get this tool?
    – trusktr
    Jan 3, 2013 at 21:09
  • You will need to sign up.
    – Mariyan
    Jan 4, 2013 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/… Oct 4, 2013 at 12:13
  • +1 for suggesting Delicious, its quite nice bookmarking tool/service
    – Fawix
    Jan 18, 2015 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, 2015 at 16:45

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