Importing bookmarks and other data from Safari

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Firefox lets you import settings and information from Safari. This can be handy when you start using Firefox because it saves you from having to configure many things yourself.

When you run Firefox for the first time, the Import Wizard will ask if you want to import settings and information from other browsers you already have installed.

If you have already passed this step, you can still import your settings and information.


Importing From Safari on a Mac

The Import Wizard

  1. In the menu bar, click the File menu, and select Import....

    importingsafari-mac-fileimport.png

  2. Firefox can import settings and information from many other browsers. It will list browsers on your system that it can import from. Select Safari, then click Continue.

    importingsafari-mac-importwizard.png
  3. Select the items you want to import, then click Continue.

    importingsafari-mac-items.png
    • Preferences: Various settings, including your home page. Since Firefox and Safari have different features, Firefox won't be able to import all of your settings.
    • Cookies: Small files stored on your computer by some websites that are used to keep you logged in, store your options, or do other things.
    • Browsing History: Information on the sites you have visited.
    • Save Form History: Text you entered in text fields on websites.
    • Bookmarks: Web pages you have saved in your Safari bookmarks.
  4. A summary of items you have imported will be listed. Click Done to close the import wizard.

    importingsafari-mac-complete.png


Importing From Safari on Windows

The Firefox Import Wizard does not yet detect Safari on Windows systems, but you can export your bookmarks from Safari, then import them to Firefox.

Exporting from Safari

  1. At the top of the Safari window select the Filemenu, and click Export Bookmarks....

    saf-win-exportbookmarks.png

  2. A Save As window will appear. Select the My Documents icon, and click Save.

    saf-win-exportbookmarks-saveas.png

You have successfully exported your bookmarks from Safari, to import them to Firefox proceed to the next section.

Importing into Firefox

  1. Click on the menu button fx57menuFx89menuButton to open the menu panel. Click the Library 57 library icon button on your toolbar. (If you don't see it, click the menu fx57menu button, then click Libraryclick the menu fx89menuButton button.) Click Bookmarks and then click the Show All BookmarksManage Bookmarks bar at the bottom.

  2. From the toolbar on the Library window, click I-B icon pre68import-export-arrowsImport and Backup and choose Import Bookmarks from HTML….
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  3. Within the Import Bookmarks File window that opens, navigate to the bookmarks HTML file you are importing and select the file.
  4. Click the Open button. The Import Bookmarks File window will close.
  5. Close the Library window.

The bookmarks in the selected HTML file will be added to your Firefox bookmarks within the Bookmarks Menu directory.




Based on information from Import bookmarks (mozillaZine KB)

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