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Syncing a perhaps unreasonable number of tabs from one device to another

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Hi there!

Disclaimer before you proceed: please remember that we all organize ourselves differently and my style is probably not your style.

My work laptop was stolen today, and I want to reopen the session I had on my old laptop. I can see all my synced tabs from my work Firefox's last session, and I could absolutely open them one at a time. However (please, reader, take a deep breath), I had 1357 tabs open (mixture of a tab suspender and organizer made this possible, to answer your horrified question). I have tried to "open all tabs" a couple times, but my poor, ancient laptop gets three tabs into the endeavor, blue-circles, and then Firefox crashes.

Is there a way for me to open all tabs such that they do not load all at once, or open slowly, or are suspended somehow? I'm sure the answer is no, but if anyone has a cool suggestion for making this insanity possible, please let me know.

Thanks community!

Hi there! Disclaimer before you proceed: please remember that we all organize ourselves differently and my style is probably not your style. My work laptop was stolen today, and I want to reopen the session I had on my old laptop. I can see all my synced tabs from my work Firefox's last session, and I could absolutely open them one at a time. However (please, reader, take a deep breath), I had 1357 tabs open (mixture of a tab suspender and organizer made this possible, to answer your horrified question). I have tried to "open all tabs" a couple times, but my poor, ancient laptop gets three tabs into the endeavor, blue-circles, and then Firefox crashes. Is there a way for me to open all tabs such that they do not load all at once, or open slowly, or are suspended somehow? I'm sure the answer is no, but if anyone has a cool suggestion for making this insanity possible, please let me know. Thanks community!

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If I understand the scenario correctly, you can see the tab list from your other device in the Synced Tabs sidebar and you need a way to re-open all of those tabs without loading their content -- similar to Firefox's session restore feature.

I don't think Firefox can do that. I also don't know whether any add-ons can access that Synced Tabs list.

As an emergency backup, I have a script you can run to export the Synced Tabs list to a page of clickable links (in the bookmark export format). While this is not as convenient as actually having the tabs opened as tabs, I recommend it in case that list suddenly disappears.

The script can be found on Github here:

https://gist.github.com/jscher2000/b7094b3e74b95e5ba9c26f1f685bda6e

(But if you have a question about it or problem with it, and you don't have a Github account, you can post it here at https://support.mozilla.org/questions/1417505 )

If you have an add-on you prefer for managing tab groups or suspended tabs and they have documentation on how to create lists for import, I probably can create a version of the above script to generate their format. (Although if I test, it will be with a set of 100 tabs rather than over a thousand...)

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Your script saved my bacon. Holy shamoly. When I set up Firefox on my replacement Mac, it couldn't even see the browser session from the stolen laptop - only the session I had open on the computer that I've been using in the meantime. Your script allowed me to save the 1357 things that were clearly too important to close for six months. Thank you from the bottom of my extremely disorganized heart.

I'll have a look to see if there's an import format for the Simple Tab Groups extension - thank you for offering to look into that! But honestly, I should probably take the time to Marie Condo this behemoth of a list.

Thank you again, so, so much.