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I'm trying to retrieve bookmarks from a deleted Firefox profile folder. Please help.

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Hello. I have a problem I believe only a professional member of the Firefox community is able to resolve.

About a year ago I made the huge mistake in accidentally deleting my Firefox browser and thus all the files associated with it. It was a major loss for me because hundreds of bookmarks of sentimental value were wiped away. I immediately tried to salvage the deleted files using a 'drilling' software, and have been left with the Firefox profile with thousands of media inside of it. I now have folders separating each file type of the retrieved data (jar, zip, cfb, db3, h, itl, m, odt, prproj, textClipping, xib, xlsx, xml, xmp, ico, jpg, png, ps, psd, tiff, webp). I've been casually searching through it since the accident searching for anything resembling bookmark files, but with no luck. I hold out hope that somewhere in the 5GB mass I can find a ghost file of my bookmarks embedded somewhere.

Is it possible I will find the bookmarks somewhere? Does Firefox archive the bookmarks data in multiple spots in the profile folder? Is it possible I will find the bookmarks if I search hard enough?

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Hello Scribe. I have searched extensively for places.sqlite, bookmarkbackups, and every other type of file that may house information to do with my bookmarks. I have found nothing.

My search feature is working. I tried it on my current Firefox profile.

All the recovered files are sorted into separate folders organized by type. Although I have had no luck yet, I find it very hard to believe that from 5GB of recovered data from the profile folder, there wouldn't be a scrap of text in that detailing my bookmarks.

I continue looking in vain, though jar, zip, cfb, db3, h, itl, m, odt, prproj, textClipping, xib, xlsx, xml, xmp, ico, jpg, png, ps, psd, tiff, and webp folders.

If you have any additional ideas, no-matter how abstract to uncover my bookmarks, I would be very thankful.

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Firefox keeps JSON backups for the bookmarks in the bookmarkbackups folder. In current releases these are compressed and have a .jsonlz4 file extension. You would have to look for such a JSON backup to be able to restore the bookmarks. If you use the Time Machine then try to restore file(s) from that backup.

It is advised to backup personal data in the Firefox profile folder manually to avoid such dataloss.