I'm trying to recover a Windows system from backups and can't seem to find where Chrome saves its bookmarks.

Does anybody know where Chrome saves its bookmarks on Windows?


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%LOCALAPPDATA%\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default

Go to that folder and you can see a file with a name "Bookmarks".

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    Note: The AppData folder is hidden by default. Either just type the name in the addressbar or set the explorer to show hidden folders.
    – Core_F
    Jan 9, 2012 at 12:33
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    You don't need to change visibility of hidden files & folders to access AppData, open Run dialog using Win+R and enter %AppData% and go to the location, it will open Roaming directory by default, now press Alt+Up Arrow to go to its parent folder, and there you have the folders Local,LocalLow and Roaming, now can navigate to the Chrome's directory.
    – Kushal
    Jan 16, 2012 at 8:15
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    %APPDATA% actually throm me to the followinf location: C:\Users\{User Account}\AppData\Roaming Jun 19, 2014 at 3:40
  • You can't seem to import this file (with no extension) via Chrome GUI so you need to close Chrome, copy it to same location & then re-open superuser.com/a/838663/160219
    – gregg
    Mar 25, 2019 at 13:48

On my PC (Windows Vista) i can find the bookmarks file (and also cache/history/etc.) in this location:

C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default
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    note that in Chrome's newer version instead of the Default folder there will be a "Profile 1" folder.
    – Oz Edri
    Jan 17, 2015 at 4:54
  • What do you call "the bookmark file". Is it the .bak file?
    – Quidam
    Apr 27, 2020 at 23:31

You can use the built-in Bookmark Manager by typing


in Chrome's address bar.

The bookmarks are stored in the "bookmarks" and the "Bookmarks.bak" files which are located in these locations:
In Windows XP and older versions:
%USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default
C:\Documents and Settings\username\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default

In Windows Vista and newer versions:
%USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default
C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default

You can open these files with notepad and see their content.

Please note that in Chrome's newer versions instead of the "Default" folder there will be a "Profile 1" folder.

  • The bookmarks.bak file is not always the same version that the one you have on your computer, it depends when it did the backup, sometimes there's a big difference between this file and the actual state of your bookmarks collection.
    – Quidam
    Apr 27, 2020 at 23:30

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