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Bookmark Backup doesn't work.

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I recently had to uninstall and reinstall Firefox because I couldn't get rid of text enhance malware. Before that I created a backup of all my bookmarks. However, once the reinstall of Firefox was complete and I went to restore my bookmarks I discovered that the file didn't work. After trying a few things I realized that when I created the backup and changed the file name so that I could more easily ID, the file didn't save as a JSON file. It saved as just a FILE. I have no idea why. Is there anyway to fix this?

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Try using lower-case .json - and that file looks like it has a few characters added that the beginning of the file - the character 1 and a blank space or two.

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Try the following:

  1. Create a copy of that file
  2. Change the copied file type to HTML
  3. If that doesn't work, change it to JSON

Please upload the file somewhere if the above doesn't work and I will see what I can do with it.

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Make sure that the backup file with the bookmarks has the correct file extension:

  • .html for a HTML backup
  • .json for a JSON backup

You can check the type via the right-click context menu of that file and open the Properties.

If you are not sure about the file type then you can open the file in Firefox via "File > Open File"

A JSON backup will show as one long text line without line breaks and a HTML backup as a web page with clickable links.

A  JSON backup starts with: {"title":"","id":1,"dateAdded":
An HTML backup starts with: <!DOCTYPE NETSCAPE-Bookmark-file-1>
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It doesn't have the correct file extension. Although when I open it up it looks like a JSON.

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Changed it to HTML and tried to import that, but nothing happened. Changed it to JSON and tried to restore that, but all I got was a message saying that the file was an unsupported type. I uploaded it here:

http://www.mediafire.com/view/sw99rh0dme9rau2/Bookmarks

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If first you have changed the type to .html and then to .json then it is possible that now the file extension is .json.html (Windows hides the .html file extension). So make sure that the file type is JSON if you inspect this in the Properties via the right-click context menu.

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Try using lower-case .json - and that file looks like it has a few characters added that the beginning of the file - the character 1 and a blank space or two.

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Awesome! It's fixed. Thanks a bunch guys!

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Oh and for any futures persons having the same problem. I made sure to create two copies of the original backup and changed each file type only once.