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My bookmarks have disappeared. Please tell me how to recover them.

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New User

My bookmarks have disappeared. Please tell me how to recover them.

I've followed the instructions for recovering lost bookmarks and it didn't work.

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Grand Master

Re: My bookmarks have disappeared. Please tell me how to recover them.

You may need to update firefox

To do this go to firefox button > Help > About Firefox > Check for updates

and then follow the instructions below.

  1. Use one of these methods to open the Bookmarks Library window:
    • Click the Firefox button to open the menu and click on Bookmarks.
    • Click the Bookmarks menu and click on Show All Bookmarks.
  2. At the top of the Library window, click the "Import and Backup" menu and select Restore.
  3. Click the date of the bookmark backup you want to recover.
  4. In the new window that appears, click OK.
  5. Your bookmarks from the selected date should now be restored.

For more information, see the Restore bookmarks from backup or move them to another computer article. For other solutions, see the Recover lost or missing Bookmarks article.

If this doesnt work(or hasnt) your places.sqlite may be messed up.

Site Moderator

Re: My bookmarks have disappeared. Please tell me how to recover them.

Please update to the current Firefox 22.0 release.

  • Help > About Firefox

The Firefox 16 version that you currently run is no longer supported with security updates.

  • It is important to update Firefox and add-ons to the latest version to get all security fixes.
New User

Re: My bookmarks have disappeared. Please tell me how to recover them.

The Firefox updater only updates to version 20. I have done that. I have then tried to restore bookmarks from a known good date - no joy. Nothing happens.

Grand Master

Re: My bookmarks have disappeared. Please tell me how to recover them.

can you download the update from here, does it work now?

New User

Re: My bookmarks have disappeared. Please tell me how to recover them.

Finally updated to version 22 but still no bookmarks. I've tried restoring from various dates when I know that the bookmarks were working but nothing happens.

Grand Master

Re: My bookmarks have disappeared. Please tell me how to recover them.

did you check for a corrupt places.sqlite as i stated in my first post, then try to recover them again.

New User

Re: My bookmarks have disappeared. Please tell me how to recover them.

The places.sqlite issue is above my ability. I've used firefox for many years and have loved it but I think I'm going to have to abandon it and go to IE. I don't really like doing that but I really need my bookmarks and losing them is a major blow!

Thank you for your efforts, however. I appreciate it.

Grand Master

Re: My bookmarks have disappeared. Please tell me how to recover them.

There is detailed info here => http://kb.mozillazine.org/Locked_or_damaged_places.sqlite#Problems_limited_to_bookmarks I really want to fix your problem.

Site Moderator

Re: My bookmarks have disappeared. Please tell me how to recover them.

See also:

You can use this button to go to the Firefox profile folder:

  • Help > Troubleshooting Information > Profile Directory: Show Folder (Linux: Open Directory; Mac: Show in Finder)