A reader was asking me if there was an easy way to migrate data - that is cookies and bookmarks - from Internet Explorer to Firefox. I can see that this could pose a problem for some users that want to use Firefox but don't want to manually add all their bookmarks again. The process of exporting and importing cookies and bookmarks on the other hand is relatively easy and can be done in a matter of minutes.
The first thing that we have to do is export the cookies from Internet Explorer. To do that press the Alt-key, and click on File > Import and Export > Export Cookies afterwards. All cookies will be saved in a file called cookies.txt by default, leave it that way and finish the operation. Navigate to the folder where cookies.txt was created and open it in a text editor. The next step is the most important one so be extra careful.
Place a "." before each line that starts with a domain. Example, the line "ghacks.net .." should look like ".ghacks.net .." afterwards. You do not need to do this for domains that look like "www.ghacks.net.."
Save cookies.txt and move it into your Firefox profile folder. Make sure Firefox is closed and you have not been using Firefox before. Firefox uses the file cookies.txt as well which means that it is populated if you have been using Firefox before.
I have not tested the following method to merge cookies but you can try it if you like. Backup cookies.txt first before you continue. Just append the lines at the end of the cookie information that are already in the cookies.txt file.
This is not complicated as well. Select File > Import and Export again and choose to export your favorites. Save the file as bookmarks.html and open up Firefox.
Click on Bookmarks > Organize (Manage) Bookmarks. A new windows with all your Firefox bookmarks should show up. Click again on File > Import from File and select the saved bookmarks.html file. Bookmarks should be imported automatically from then.
You can try and import them directly from Internet Explorer using the Import from IE option as well but this only works if both browsers are installed on the same computer.Advertisement
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