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FFox has big issues to Import Bookmarks from Html file. How to fix it, many people complain online.

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FFox has big issues to Import Bookmarks from Html file. How to fix it? There're many users complaining online. Likewise, cannot Import Chrome Bookmarks into FFox, the same problems.

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Hi, with 5 Bookmark Mangers Installed ; I would say you are creating conflicts.

please try : Try Firefox Safe Mode to TEST & see if the problem goes away. Firefox Safe Mode is a troubleshooting mode that temporarily turns off hardware acceleration, resets some settings, and disables add-ons (extensions and themes).

If Firefox is open, you can restart in Firefox Safe Mode from the Help menu:

  • Click the menu button New Fx Menu , click Help Help-29 and select Restart with Add-ons Disabled.

If Firefox is not running, you can start Firefox in Safe Mode as follows:

  • On Windows: Hold the Shift key when you open the Firefox desktop or Start menu shortcut.
  • On Mac: Hold the option key while starting Firefox.
  • On Linux: Quit Firefox, go to your Terminal and run firefox -safe-mode
    (you may need to specify the Firefox installation path e.g. /usr/lib/firefox)

When the Firefox Safe Mode window appears, select "Start in Safe Mode".

SafeMode-Fx35

If the issue is not present in Firefox Safe Mode, your problem is probably caused by an extension, theme, or hardware acceleration. Please follow the steps in the Troubleshoot extensions, themes and hardware acceleration issues to solve common Firefox problems article to find the cause.

To exit Firefox Safe Mode, just close Firefox and wait a few seconds before opening Firefox for normal use again.

When you figure out what's causing your issues, please let us know. It might help others with the same problem.

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Thanks for response & I'll try that in next few days.

A) Though, ironically... the reason I installed other Bookmarks Mngrs was exactly due to FFox native Import function won't work at all. So far, trying to figure out how to Sync from Raindrop back to FFox, but there's no Sync option there. While EverHelper doesn't have very clear buttons for Import & Export, that is after one would Upload Html file to their sever, but we'll see.


B) However, FFox Import issue is a Big Deal and many users complain online if one would do search. However, Export option on FFox is very easy and fast into Html format. I had No issues to Import / Upload FFOx bookmarks in Html file into Google Chrome, it was very fast, efficient and in exactly the same order as I had previously in FFox. Why FFox cannot fix it's own Import option? Also, FFox will Not import from Chrome either, it just doesn't work.


C) It's plain & simple: FFox shall have easy, efficient, functional option to Import FFox Bookmarks from Html file back to the Browser, the same way as Chrome does. It's puzzling why FFox supports Backup in JSON format, that often gets corrupted and no other browser supports.

Thanks and would appreciate if any other knowledgeable folks could post responses on FFox Bookmarks and Html file Imports. Also, if folks have experience with Raindrop and EverHelper.

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Hi joe792, could you check for any error messages relating to the attempted import:

First open the Library window ("Show All Bookmarks") so you are ready to import.

Then, switching back to a regular Firefox window, open the separate Browser Console window using either:

  • "3-bar" menu button > Web Developer > Browser Console
  • (menu bar) Tools > Web Developer > Browser Console
  • (Windows) Ctrl+Shift+j

Click the trash can icon at the upper left to clear the window, then switch back over to your main window and try one of the buttons that has a broken drop-down (technically called a popup in extension-speak).

Then switch back over to the Library window and try the import.

Finally, check the Browser Console for any errors related to the import. Anything?

More info on the Browser Console: https://developer.mozilla.org/docs/Tools/Browser_Console

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Ok, Finally I had tested all the options and no luck.

I tried the following:

1) Imported from Bookmarks, the Original Html file back to FFox. Nothing, just hangs in there forever. The same result with FFox Safe Mode.


2) Imported from Google Chrome Bookmarks, it's also Html file. However, as was mentioned early this week, this Html file was Exported from Chrome into Html format with much smaller size.

Ironically, the original FFox Exported file into Html format did Import to Chrome early this week in less than 2 minutes, so easy and fast, No glitches at at all.

Then today, I opened Chrome, Exported All Original Bookmarks into Html file (yes, the ones which were imported to Chrome from FFox Html file early this week). I got FFox Bookmarks from Chrome with much smaller size.

The result -- Nothing, it will Not import to FFox in Reg and Safe Mode. Just hangs in there.


3) Also, tried to Import directly from Chrome using FFox Library, so then if it would be successful. Then, I'd see Bookmarks in FFox, but under separate tab "Imported from Chrome".

Nothing, the same result in Safe Mode.


4) Also, tried to open separate FFox Window, then Tools, Web Console, clear the Trash Icon.

I received Error message even before Import from Library.

"Source map error: TypeError: NetworkError when attempting to fetch resource. Resource URL: moz-extension://9bf4fb16-3017-4b09-9a90-d42c65aac5a6/libs/lodash.min.js Source Map URL: lodash.min.js.map"

I'm unable to capture or see Error Msgs during or after attempted Import Function in FFox, since FFox would hang and Not respond.


5) Let's not forget, that early in the week I Uninstalled and Re-installed FFox and the same problems. Also, early in the week attempted to Import even before I had installed Any Add-ons. I had No add-ons and still the same result.

FFox has big issue on Import from Html file, it's own file previously exported with ease. Let's not forget one more thing, that this native original FFox Bookmarks Imported to Chrome from its browser interface from Html file, no problems. Which means, the file is not a problem, but FFox Programming Code or Internal errors.


Qns: How could this be fixed, I really need these Bookmarks and folders in FFox Bookmarks? There're Thousands of organized Bookmarks.

Does anyone know how to fix it? Why is that Google Chrome can Import and Export Bookmarks, but FFox can only Export? Import does Not work in FFox, but in Chrome takes less than 2 min.

Thanks.

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Hi, Have you thought that may not be Firefox but Chrome altering the bookmarks so the will not import again as you have said they are smaller/altered..

Do a reinstall this way please : uninstall Firefox. Then Delete the Mozilla Firefox Folders in C:\Program Files , C:\Program Files(x86) & C:\ProgramData

Reinstall with Current Release Firefox 61.0.1 with a Full Version Installer

Please let us know if this solved your issue or if need further assistance.

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HI, actually not.

If anyone followed this thread, they'd see several important key points.

1. FFox easily Exports Bookmarks into Html file, but it will Not import its original (previously exported) file back.

2. I had re-installed FFox several times, no luck. Had done what was suggested above in Safe Mode and Error Messages no luck. Since, Safe Mode doesn't help to Import Original Html file of Bookmarks.

3. Because FFox won't Import back its original Html file. Only then, I Imported that file into Chrome, which I had to install first, since never used Chrome before.

4. Then, logically if this Original Html file of Bookmarks would be damaged or corrupt, then it would Not Import to Chrome, but it did so easily in 2 min or less. Hence, the file is good.

5. Only then, in Chrome... I Exported Bookmarks (previously Imported into it) to Html file. The difference is Smaller Html file size of exactly the same Bookmarks as original file. Chrome Bookmarks footprint is much smaller.


6. Neither FFox original Html Bookmarks nor Chrome Imported Html Bookmarks of smaller size -- will Not Import back to FFox.


7. Lastly, FFox will Not Import directly from Chrome either, using FFox library to do so. If successful, then it would show under separate Tab "Imported from Chrome", but FFox will not do it.


It's very clear, that it's FFox programming code issue in the Import function for Bookmarks library. Please do Google search for "Cannot Import Firefox Bookmarks; Firefox will not Import Html Bookmarks", etc.. Many Links there, many users complain online.


Had exactly the same problem several years ago on older system, but at that time FFox supported Add-on called "Febe or Febe Bookmarks". It was awesome extension and did Import so easy, what FFox couldn't not do then. Frankly, this FFox Import issues exists for years now.

Basically, I'll temporarily install Old FFox version, then use Febe Add-on to Import. Then, will Sync with FFox server. Then, will install newest FFox version again, then Sync back to it. Perhaps it would help. However, it shouldn't be this way, it's a big hassle and time consuming.

Any other suggestions? Thanks.

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joe792

Sorry that you are having a problem with the HTML Import feature with Firefox Bookmarks.

One concern I have was mentioned by Pkshadow and specifically is related to the EverSync add-on for Firefox. In this forum "we" have seen quite a number of support issues with 3rd party add-ons used with Firefox bookmarks causing a lot of grief for users, as related to data corruption. In the past that was directly related to the Firefox Sync feature becoming corrupted by the 3rd party add-on which had its own "sync" feature; and that corruption affected Firefox bookmarks on the individual devices. This forum has seen problems with the old Xmarks and Firefox Sync going back 10 years, before Sync was even built into Firefox with Mozilla created Weave extension which was what was used to create the Sync feature.

Have you ever or do you use Firefox Sync?? How about Xmarks" Especially with your current Firefox Profile?


Overall, I think your efforts to get a handle on this have been excellent, but have you considered creating a new Profile and seeing if the situation has changed? A corrupted Profile might never work as intended again Disabling an add-on or uninstalling it won't fix any "damage" it may have caused.

Other than that, you have convinced me that there is a problem inside Firefox. Plus, based upon the number of other reports that we have seen here with Firefox 61.0 (and maybe with Firefox 60.0, too), I think that there is a new problem (or Bug) that we haven't seen before. IMO, it is something which needs to be addressed - but "we" need to start somewhere to discover the base cause.

jscher2000 mentioned this:

Finally, check the Browser Console for any errors related to the import. Anything? More info on the Browser Console: https://developer.mozilla.org/docs/Tools/Browser_Console

The information about errors which might be revealed in the Browser Console could be a start towards getting this problem brought to the Mozilla developers attention thru Bugzilla and eventually corrected.


I did a search of Bugzilla to look for a recent Bug report being filed about this issue, but found nothing new. But my "search foo" skills just plain suck globally, so I may have missed it. 20 years of using Google search (and other search engines) and I feel as lost as I was 20 years ago.

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Hi folks, if you followed the comments closely, then you'd seen very clearly in step by step explanations what I had tried, including,..

1. Reinstall, Refresh (creates new profile), Safe Mode, etc.. etc.. as was described in details, checked for Errors, removed add-ons, etc..

2. only two options exists so far, since FFox is very good, but terrible at Importing Bookmarks.


A) info below copied from comment from the other day:

Had exactly the same problem several years ago on older system, but at that time FFox supported Add-on called "Febe or Febe Bookmarks". It was awesome extension and did Import so easy, what FFox couldn't not do then. Frankly, this FFox Import issues exists for years now.

Basically, I'll temporarily install Old FFox version, then use Febe Add-on to Import. Then, will Sync with FFox server. Then, will install newest FFox version again, then Sync back to it. Perhaps it would help. However, it shouldn't be this way, it's a big hassle and time consuming.


B) Use Ever Sync Helper add-on, ask them for help to Import Html file into your account with them and then Sync. I decided to use Option B) here first. Since, If I would have uninstalled and then installed FFox version 56.02 (prior to Quantum release) and if it wouldn't have helped and wasted more time. Then, it would take much longer.

It took 3 Hours, literally 3 hours to Sync about 18 -19K Bookmarks in about 780 Folders from Ever Helper Sync. They have a progress bar and count bar to see the progress, while FFox has Nothing. It just hangs and you have no idea.

Therefore, only 2 options exist as of now and again, this is Not the first time issues with Bookmarks in Html file, first time in Fall of last year and many users complain about Quantum.

Thanks.

I have a separate Qn on FFox Folders are No longer Yellow. What's wrong with these people to remove Color Coding in Folders and it's only Grey. I fixed last Fall and it took me hrs to find how to do that. Many people complain about Grey Folders in FFox.

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P.S.

Never tried FFox Sync option, since prior to release of FFox 57 the Quantum in Fall 2017, there were No issues. However, I'll do Sync this time, since in the past FFox Bookmarks Export worked and prior to FFox 57 version or the Quantum, there was an add-on called -- FEBE, which was very good and lightning fast. However, with Quantum, add-ons format changed a lot.

Xmarks has been shut down and out of biz as of May 1, 2018. Roboform purchased LastPass for passwords and then eventually shut down Xmarks. Roboform is fast, but wish they'd do Import of Bookmarks from Html file back to Browsers.

Btw, Never use Backup option in FFox for Bookmarks, since it will save file in JSON file format, which often gets corrupted, based on online reviews. JSON will Not import to Chrome and you're stuck. Always, Export to Html file, use EverHelper Sync, or Raindrop or Chrome as a backup.

Athraithe ag joe792 ar

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Hi, just so aware : Sync is for Syncing devices (plural) it is not a backup service and you will loose your data.

Backing up using Firefox Bookmark Backup can save to HTML