How to transfer browser bookmarks without Sync account

Martin Brinkmann
Mar 26, 2015
Updated • Mar 26, 2015

Browser bookmarks have not changed a lot in recent time. The only major feature that most browsers introduced is bookmark syncing to synchronize bookmarks across devices. Firefox Sync or Google Sync require an account before the feature becomes available. It is also necessary to stay signed in to that account in some browsers to enable syncing.

If you want to transfer bookmarks without Sync account, for instance to a new computer that you just bought or a different browser on the same, then you can still do so. The method may not be as comfortable as setting up a Sync account,especially since it transfers only the current snapshot of bookmarks to the new browser and no future bookmarks, but it offers other advantages.

Besides privacy, it allows you to use the feature even when you are not connected to the Internet.

Exporting the bookmarks of popular browsers

Generally speaking, most browsers allow you to export bookmarks to a HTML file. It is a list of links more or less that most browsers support.

Google Chrome

  1. Either open the Chrome Bookmark Manager directly chrome://bookmarks/, use the shortcut Ctrl-Shift-o, or click on the menu icon in the Chrome address bar and select Bookmarks > Bookmark Manager from the context menu.
  2. To export bookmarks, select Organize > Export Bookmarks to HTML file. This opens a save prompt to save a copy of all bookmarks to the local system.

Microsoft Internet Explorer

internet explorer export bookmarks

  1. A click on the Favorites icon (the star icon) displays the bookmarks of the browser.
  2. Select the down arrow next to favorites on the page to display a context menu.
  3. Select Import and export > Export to a file from the menu to save the bookmarks to a file.

Mozilla Firefox

firefox bookmarks

  1. Open the Firefox Library with the shortcut Ctrl-Shift-b or by tapping on Alt and selecting Bookmarks > Show all Bookmarks.
  2. Select Import and Backup > Export Bookmarks to HTML. This opens a save prompt to save the bookmarks.html file to the local system.


opera bookmarks

  1. The new Opera browser does not have an export feature yet but you can use the Bookmarks Import & Export extension for the browser instead.
  2. Use it to save the bookmarks file to a HTML file.


  1. The browser has no export option currently. You may be able to use the Opera extension listed above but I have not tried that.
  2. The bookmarks file is stored in the profile folder. You may use this Parser to convert it to a HTML file.

Importing the exported Bookmarks HTML file

You may need to move the HTML file to another device manually, for instance by using a network connection or Flash drive.

Google Chrome

Note: Chromium and most Chrome-based browsers use the same system.

  1. Open the Bookmark Manager again using one of the options described above, for instance with the shortcut Ctrl-Shift-o.
  2. To import a bookmarks file, select Organize > Import bookmarks from HTML file. This opens a load prompt that you use to select a bookmarks HTML file.
  3. Alternatively, select Bookmarks > Import bookmarks and settings to import bookmarks from Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox versions installed on the computer.

Microsoft Internet Explorer

  1. Click the Favorites icon again, then the down arrow and there Import and Export >  Import from a file.
  2. This opens a load prompt that you use to select the previously exported file.
  3. Alternatively, import bookmarks directly from an installed browser by selecting that option. The most recent version of Internet Explorer imports bookmarks from Opera and Chrome.

Mozilla Firefox

Note: Most Firefox-based browsers such as Pale Moon use the same system.

  1. Open the Library in Firefox again, for instance with the shortcut Ctrl-Shift-b.
  2. There you select Import and Backup > Import Bookmarks from HTML. This opens a load prompt that you use to select the right HTML file.
  3. Alternative: select import data from another browser directly if the browser you want to import bookmarks from is installed on the system and recognize by Firefox. Supported are Google Chrome and Microsoft Internet Explorer.


  1. To import bookmarks into Opera, select Opera > More Tools > Import bookmarks and settings.
  2. There you have options to import bookmarks directly from Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer or classic Opera, or a bookmarks HTML file.


  1. Select the Vivaldi icon> File > Import data.
  2. There you find options to import data directly from Firefox, Opera, Internet Explorer and a bookmarks file.
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  1. ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Doesn’t Windows 8 know that www. or http:// are passe ?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on August 4, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      Well it is a bit difficulty to distinguish between domains and files for instance.

    2. Leonidas Burton said on September 4, 2023 at 4:51 am

      I know a service made by google that is similar to Google bookmarks.

  2. VioletMoon said on August 16, 2023 at 5:26 pm

    @Ashwin–Thankful you delighted my comment; who knows how many “gamers” would have disagreed!

  3. Karl said on August 17, 2023 at 10:36 pm


    The comments section under this very article (3 comments) is identical to the comments section found under the following article:

    Not sure what the issue is, but have seen this issue under some other articles recently but did not report it back then.

  4. Anonymous said on August 25, 2023 at 11:44 am

    Omg a badge!!!
    Some tangible reward lmao.

    It sucks that redditors are going to love the fuck out of it too.

  5. Scroogled said on August 25, 2023 at 10:57 pm

    With the cloud, there is no such thing as unlimited storage or privacy. Stop relying on these tech scums. Purchase your own hardware and develop your own solutions.

    1. lollmaoeven said on August 27, 2023 at 6:24 am

      This is a certified reddit cringe moment. Hilarious how the article’s author tries to dress it up like it’s anything more than a png for doing the reddit corporation’s moderation work for free (or for bribes from companies and political groups)

  6. El Duderino said on August 25, 2023 at 11:14 pm

    Almost al unlmited services have a real limit.

    And this comment is written on the dropbox article from August 25, 2023.

  7. John G. said on August 26, 2023 at 1:29 am

    First comment > @ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    For the God’s sake, fix the comments soon please! :[

  8. Kalmly said on August 26, 2023 at 4:42 pm

    Yes. Please. Fix the comments.

  9. Kim Schmidt said on September 3, 2023 at 3:42 pm

    With Google Chrome, it’s only been 1,500 for some time now.

    Anyone who wants to force me in such a way into buying something that I can get elsewhere for free will certainly never see a single dime from my side. I don’t even know how stupid their marketing department is to impose these limits on users instead of offering a valuable product to the paying faction. But they don’t. Even if you pay, you get something that is also available for free elsewhere.

    The algorithm has also become less and less savvy in terms of e.g. English/German translations. It used to be that the bot could sort of sense what you were trying to say and put it into different colloquialisms, which was even fun because it was like, “I know what you’re trying to say here, how about…” Now it’s in parts too stupid to translate the simplest sentences correctly, and the suggestions it makes are at times as moronic as those made by Google Translations.

    If this is a deep-learning AI that learns from users’ translations and the phrases they choose most often – which, by the way, is a valuable, moneys worthwhile contribution of every free user to this project: They invest their time and texts, thereby providing the necessary data for the AI to do the thing as nicely as they brag about it in the first place – alas, the more unprofessional users discovered the translator, the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, the greater the aggregate of linguistically illiterate users has become, and the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, as it now learns the drivel of every Tom, Dick and Harry out there, which is why I now get their Mickey Mouse language as suggestions: the inane language of people who can barely spell the alphabet, it seems.

    And as a thank you for our time and effort in helping them and their AI learn, they’ve lowered the limit from what was once 5,000 to now 1,500…? A big “fuck off” from here for that! Not a brass farthing from me for this attitude and behaviour, not in a hundred years.

  10. Anonymous said on September 28, 2023 at 8:19 am

    When will you put an end to the mess in the comments?

  11. RIP said on September 28, 2023 at 9:36 am

    Ghacks comments have been broken for too long. What article did you see this comment on? Reply below. If we get to 20 different articles we should all stop using the site in protest.

    I posted this on [] so please reply if you see it on a different article.

    1. RIP said on September 28, 2023 at 11:01 am

      Comment redirected me to [] which seems to be the ‘real’ article it is attached to

  12. RIP said on September 28, 2023 at 10:48 am

    Comment redirected me to [] which seems to be the ‘real’ article it is attached to

  13. Mystique said on September 28, 2023 at 12:13 pm

    Article Title: Reddit enforces user activity tracking on site to push advertising revenue
    Article URL:

    No surprises here. This is just the beginning really. I cannot see a valid reason as to why anyone would continue to use the platform anymore when there are enough alternatives fill that void.

  14. justputthispostanywhere said on September 29, 2023 at 3:59 am

    I’m not sure if there is a point in commenting given that comments seem to appear under random posts now, but I’ll try… this comment is for

    My temporary “solution”, if you can call it that, is to use a VPN (Mullvad in my case) to sign up for and access Reddit via a European connection. I’m doing that with pretty much everything now, at least until the rest of the world catches up with GDPR. I don’t think GDPR is a magical privacy solution but it’s at least a first step.

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