I want to clean up my bookmark folders by getting rid of duplicated/links. i have created a program which will import 2 text files which contains a URL like this

File 1:


File 2:


the program compares the 2 lists and creates a single master list with duplicate URLs removed.

Now i have a few Backup bookmark folders in Firefox which on occasion i'll bookmark all tabs into a new folder with the date of the backup before i close off tabs or do reset my PC. each folder can have between 1000-2000 bookmarks, sometimes there are a bunch of pages which keep getting bookmarked, ie, i have ~50 pages on the Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Wiki on different spells, character and terminology which i commonly look back on.

I'd like to know how i can export a bookmark folder so i have a list of URLs similar to what i use in my program


The best way I can think of is to use the export function which will export your bookmarks to a html file and then use grep to extract the urls to a text file.

You could try something like ...

find * -exec cat {} \; | grep http | grep -shoP 'http.*?[" >]' > output.txt

Which would search all files in the directory & output to a txt file or

cat bookmark.html | grep http | grep -shoP 'http.*?[" >]' > output.txt

Which would search a specific file (in this case bookmark.html) for urls & then output to a txt file.

But there are many other ways to go about achieving what you want this is just one example.

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  • my bad, is this solution for Unix? cause i'm using windows (have edited my question with the tag) – Memor-X Jun 13 '14 at 2:32
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    For windows there is a simple program called urlextactor which can dump urls from html to txt or clipboard. focalmedia.net/urlextract.html – Rob Jun 13 '14 at 3:00
  • I've just tried the program and it works well you can use ctrl to select multiple html files to extract from at once which should for your bookmark folders. – Rob Jun 13 '14 at 3:05

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