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Can I copy my bookmarks from Safari to Firefox if they are on the same computer?

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I would like to use Firefox and I want to copy the bookmarks I have in Safari. I have a Mac with OS10.6 and both Safari and Firefox are on the same computer. I want to know if Firefox is more friendly since I do a lot of writing.

Chosen solution

You should update to Firefox 6.0.1 through Help > About > Check for updates before testing rather than be disappointed with a Firefox update after testing.

All browsers can use the Netscape bookmarks formatted HTML file to copy bookmarks. But according to documentation you can import directly from Safari. Hopefully that applies to your Mac, because it is not shown as an option for me on Windows 7.

Import bookmarks - MozillaZine Knowledge Base

"Firefox imports Safari settings automatically. Just go to File > Import... and select Safari. In the next window, check the boxes of what you want to import. For example, your Safari Bookmarks will appear in Firefox's Bookmarks menu as "From Safari." Whatever other bookmarks you had on your Safari Bookmarks Bar will automatically appear on your Firefox Bookmarks Bar, too. "


If that does not work:

Exporting Bookmarks from Safari: (from Safari Help)
  1. Choose File > Export Bookmarks.
  2. Specify a location for the exported file. The file's name will be "Safari bookmarks.html." Most browsers are able to import this type of file.

Importing Bookmarks into Firefox:

  1. "Command+Shift+B" to bring up Bookmarks Library List, can be done from Bookmarks menu > "Show all bookmarks"
  2. "Import and Backup" menu > Import HTML > From an HTML file
    (unless you see From Safari)

Firefox uses the same keyboard shortcut to display menus as used on Safari (on a PC it is the "Alt" key).

Firefox is highly customizable, so you can change the appearance, and a lot of what would be done in other browsers must be done using extensions in Firefox, but the extensions for the "same" feature probably give you a lot more functionality and control. In the following making Firefox look more like 3.6 would be of interest if you are used to other older browsers -- Safari grew up independently so other browsers are more alike.

You can make Firefox 6.0.1 look like Firefox 3.6.*, see numbered items 1-10 in the following topic Fix Firefox 4.0 toolbar user interface, problems (Make Firefox 4.0 thru 8.0, look like 3.6). Whether or not you make changes, you should be aware of what has changed and what you have to do to use changed or missing features.

There is a lot more beyond those first 10 steps listed, if you want to make Firefox more functional. (later on)

Keyboard Shortcuts:

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Chosen Solution

You should update to Firefox 6.0.1 through Help > About > Check for updates before testing rather than be disappointed with a Firefox update after testing.

All browsers can use the Netscape bookmarks formatted HTML file to copy bookmarks. But according to documentation you can import directly from Safari. Hopefully that applies to your Mac, because it is not shown as an option for me on Windows 7.

Import bookmarks - MozillaZine Knowledge Base

"Firefox imports Safari settings automatically. Just go to File > Import... and select Safari. In the next window, check the boxes of what you want to import. For example, your Safari Bookmarks will appear in Firefox's Bookmarks menu as "From Safari." Whatever other bookmarks you had on your Safari Bookmarks Bar will automatically appear on your Firefox Bookmarks Bar, too. "


If that does not work:

Exporting Bookmarks from Safari: (from Safari Help)
  1. Choose File > Export Bookmarks.
  2. Specify a location for the exported file. The file's name will be "Safari bookmarks.html." Most browsers are able to import this type of file.

Importing Bookmarks into Firefox:

  1. "Command+Shift+B" to bring up Bookmarks Library List, can be done from Bookmarks menu > "Show all bookmarks"
  2. "Import and Backup" menu > Import HTML > From an HTML file
    (unless you see From Safari)

Firefox uses the same keyboard shortcut to display menus as used on Safari (on a PC it is the "Alt" key).

Firefox is highly customizable, so you can change the appearance, and a lot of what would be done in other browsers must be done using extensions in Firefox, but the extensions for the "same" feature probably give you a lot more functionality and control. In the following making Firefox look more like 3.6 would be of interest if you are used to other older browsers -- Safari grew up independently so other browsers are more alike.

You can make Firefox 6.0.1 look like Firefox 3.6.*, see numbered items 1-10 in the following topic Fix Firefox 4.0 toolbar user interface, problems (Make Firefox 4.0 thru 8.0, look like 3.6). Whether or not you make changes, you should be aware of what has changed and what you have to do to use changed or missing features.

There is a lot more beyond those first 10 steps listed, if you want to make Firefox more functional. (later on)

Keyboard Shortcuts:

Modified by David McRitchie

Question owner

Thank you for your help. I now understand what to do. Your response was very quick, very professional, but also very friendly because of the quickness. While I was waiting for a reply I did some getting used to Firefox. Very cool. I decided that I needed to try and move files from Safari retrieved files to Firefox bookmarks. These were the steps I did and they worked flawlessly. 1. Copy url of file in safari 2. with Firefox already open click on New Tab 3. Paste url in bar and open 4. save in Bookmarks.

I hope this might help someone who has files to move that are not in their safari bookmarks. Thank You once again.