On Linux, ever since the days of Netscape Navigator and then with Mozilla Firefox it has always been possible to store the bookmarks file in a global location on the system so that every user that logs into such linux system gets this set of system bookmarks to which each user can then add their own bookmarks.

How do I configure Firefox bookmarks to be shared across all users in Windows 7, so that for instance, when I log in as administrator to perform some task I can still quickly access the sites I need to access from within Firefox?

(Yeah, I could install the google bookmarks plugin, but that means having to install it for every single user, and that's not what I want).



You can try and create a symlink between both bookmark files (places.sql I think it was). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symbolic_link

  • Can you provide a bit more detail about how the OP would do this? Answers with more detail are usually preferred to answers with just a link. – John Bensin Oct 10 '13 at 16:59
  • Thanks. I've found the following detailed page on how to use mklink on Windows Vista and Windows 7 to create Unix-like symbolic links: maximumpc.com/article/howtos/… – John Sonderson Oct 11 '13 at 10:52
  • I can't find the bookmarks file. I have no idea of where it is stored on Windows 7. Any ideas? I've looked in C:\Users\Neil\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\auxl183y.default (which is the only directory listed under the parent Profiles directory) but could not identify it. – John Sonderson Oct 11 '13 at 11:13
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    support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/… there you can find all profile information. So bookmarks are in places.sqlite. – user136036 Oct 11 '13 at 15:31
  • Thanks. I was able to type "about:support" (same as choosing Help -> Troubleshooting Information) from which my Profile Folder can be accessed. I can now see for instance C:\Users\John\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\auxl183y.default\bookmarkbackups\bookmarks-2013-10-12.json which indeed contains all of my bookmarks. This is handy, now I can just copy and paste the file wherever I like or use symlinks. On older mozilla versions the bookmarks file used to be an HTML file; now it is a JSON file. Thanks. – John Sonderson Oct 12 '13 at 11:34

I don't know a possibility to share it like in linux. But I would recommend you, to install the Firefox addon Sync. It's from Mozilla itself and you can share easily your bookmarks with this addon. But you also can share many other informations, like passwords etc.(You can disable password-sharing etc. and only activate bookmarks of course)

You will have to create an account and add all accounts of your computer to sync, than you have your bookmarks available on all accounts. Yes, it isn't really comfortable at first, but after this one-time-work you have good sync tool for firefox.

Also you can invite other devices and share your bookmarks with them.

Install Sync

  1. Download

Setup Sync on the first account

  1. In the Firefox click the Firefox-button -> Set Up Sync.
  2. Click Create a New Account.
  3. Fill in your account-information

  4. IMPORTANT STEP You have to change the option, that only your bookmarks will get synced by clicking on the Sync options-button.

  5. After you've edited your options, click Next.

Add second Account

Do these steps on the second account that you are trying to add to Firefox Sync.

  1. In the Firefox click the Firefox-button -> Set Up Sync.
  2. In the next window choose "I Have an Account".
  3. Because you want to add a second user account and not a pc choose "I don't have the device with me".
  4. Sign in to your Sync account.
  5. Click Next
  6. Click Finish.

Now your bookmarks will be synced between these two accounts. You also can add more accounts of course by repeating the "Add second account"-steps.

  • Thanks for all this information but the link you provided points to a page saying the Sync software has been removed. – John Sonderson Oct 11 '13 at 10:57

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