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Automatically saved bookmarks

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Hello !

Once a month, I back up my bookmarks following these instructions:

How can I save my bookmarks in an automatic way ?

It would be much faster and more convenient.

Thank you for your time

Best regards

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Hello, bookmarks are stored in a database. If you use backup software, you can back up the two database files that store bookmark entries (along with history) and site icons:

  • places.sqlite
  • favicons.sqlite

from your currently active profile folder (Profiles - Where Firefox stores your bookmarks, passwords and other user data).

Those files are much larger than the compressed backup files, but I'm not aware of any way to automate Firefox to generate those.

There is an ancient feature to export bookmarks to an HTML file at shutdown. I set it up a long time ago and have not been checking whether the results are accurate, so I can't completely vouch for it. If you want to add that method, see:


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Well, now that I think about it, your backup software can back up a subfolder in your profile folder that contains automatic bookmark backups:


You probably need to set Windows to show hidden files and folders to access that:


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You can make Firefox create an automatic HTML backup (bookmarks.html) in the Firefox profile folder when Firefox is closed by setting browser.bookmarks.autoExportHTML to true on the about:config page.

This HTML backup is created by default in the profile folder as bookmarks.html every time you close Firefox, but you can set the path and file name via the browser.bookmarks.file pref on the about:config page. The browser.bookmarks.file pref doesn't exist by default and you need to create a new String pref with the name browser.bookmarks.file and set the value to the full path of the backup bookmarks.html file including the file name.

You can open the about:config page via the location/address bar. You can click the button to "Accept the Risk and Continue".


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Thank you very much for your replies.

I will try to implement them


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