Add Trash To Firefox Bookmarks

Martin Brinkmann
Nov 28, 2008
Updated • Mar 18, 2012
Firefox, Firefox add-ons

Deleting bookmarks in Firefox will remove them permanently from the web browser. There is no going back which might sometimes end in chaos and desperation. Some users might feel more secure with some sort of backup to recover accidentally deleted bookmarks.

That's where Bookmark Trash comes into play. It adds A Bookmark Trash folder to the root folder of the Firefox Bookmark's folder. Every bookmark that gets deleted by the user after installing the Firefox add-on will be moved to the Bookmark Trash automatically instead of being deleted right away.

The user can therefor access those deleted bookmarks in the Bookmark Trash to recover them. The alternative would be to empty the trash regularly to remove the deleted bookmarks permanently from the system.

The extension is in experimental stage which means that users need to log into the Mozilla homepage to be able to download and install the add-on.

Update: Bookmark Trash has been pulled from the add-on repository. an alternative is Bookmark Recycler

Bookmark Recycler can display an icon on the bookmark bar of the browser, or in the add-on bar instead. Bookmarks that have been moved to the trash can be deleted or restored individually, or all at once.

When you click on the icon, you see the bookmark's favicon and page title, as well as delete and restore buttons next to each bookmark. You can alternatively middle-click any bookmark to delete it permanently on the system. A left-click loads the site in the browser, which may be useful to double-check before removing it.

Bookmarks can be moved either via drag and drop to the trash, or by right-clicking individual bookmarks and selecting the trash it option from the context menu.


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  1. janesh said on April 19, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    very good app….but whenever my “live bookmarks” refresh to get new stories, all old “live bookmarks” stories go to the trash folder – a bit annoying, as i had reserved the trash folder for deleted bookmarks only, not for old “live bookmarks” stories….what do you think?

  2. Bruno said on November 29, 2008 at 1:15 am

    very interesting idea,

  3. Dotan Cohen said on November 28, 2008 at 6:22 pm

    The user can also access the past few days’ bookmarks backups in his profile folder. This is how I deal with situations in which I must recover a deleted bookmark.

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