I am reinstalling my OS and I would like to keep the list of installed extensions, bookmarks and other customizations in my Google Chrome browser.
How can I re-create the setup on the new system?
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Bon Gart's answer explains the native way to do it, which only involves signing into your Google account. However, if you don't want to sign up with Google, or store your data with them, you can easily go ahead and archive your profile folder.
It's stored in the following location:
%USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\
All you have to do is:
User Datafolder contents somewhere safe
User Datafolder over the existing one in your new OS installation
* I'd advise to install exactly the same version of Chrome though. If you install an older version, your profile will not be readable. Also, when switching OS, this method might not work.
Re-Packaging as .crx: For a more compact version of your extensions (rather than the unpacked, folder version), you can use Chrome to re-package them into .crx files. I use this when I notice I still have an extension that is no longer available on the Chrome Web Store, and therefore will not sync back.
Tools > Extensions
Extension Root Directory
User Datafolder you copied (refer to slhck's answer).
Private File Keyis optional (as it states).
Voilá! Your new .crx file is in the same directory as the folder it was derived from. By the way, ever since a recent Google Chrome update, you have to open
Tools > Extensions and drag your .crx file into the window to install 3rd party extensions (ie. not from Chrome Web Store).
*I just discovered this today and thought it would be helpful.
EDIT: One last piece of information is the means of identifying the extension. Somewhere within the extension folder (likely named something like:
apjhdoaiejppfmijnkopdcpjcngdlfvj) you will find images that will contain the image for the extension's icon. This is the best way I know of to figure out what's what.
First, you make sure you are logged in to your Chrome Browser. You know, click the wrench, and look for where it tells you that you are signed in. If you are not, you need to do so.
Chrome will sync and backup a buttload of stuff for you.
Put that in your browser, or just click the wrench, settings, and Personal Stuff. The first option, Sign in... has an Advanced Button. Click that to see exactly what gets synchronized to Google. Or click that to decide what you want to sync.
So, really... anywhere you install Chrome, if you sign in as you, will give you access to all the goodies you have now.
And yes, I tested this myself. Just now. Opened up one of the other computers, installed Chrome on it, signed into it, and watched my extensions get added before my eyes (the ones that show on the start page), and my bookmarks are there, etc.
I was able to backup my bookmarks to an .HTML file. It was pretty straight forward and worked well.
Hope this helps.
Bookmarks Export in Google Chrome
(1). Go to your bookmarks manager page.
(2). On the right-hand side of the page click on the ellipse button
(3). Save the .HTML file to a file directory of your choosing. (HINT- I saved in Dropbox so I can easily access it from another PC and can recover the bookmarks.)
(4). Then double-click the file, and all the webpages you have saved to your bookmarks will open in the web browser. You can open the file in any browser (I tested... CHROME | IE), and it is a very nice format that you can see all the favorited website.
The Exported File
My file opened in the IE browser:
I think reinstallation is required for extensions since Chrome/Chromium/Canary is updated in an orderly manner.
There is an extension to preserve names and links of extensions installed priorly.
Likewise, bookmark export option is present. Just Google it.