Where Are Google Chrome Bookmarks Stored?
Google Chrome bookmarks are easy to sort and access from the browser. It only takes a few clicks to add, delete, and rename bookmarks as needed. However, when you need to migrate bookmarks to a new browser, you may need to locate your bookmarks file to transfer them manually.
Chrome stores all bookmarks together into one file. If you want to backup, move, or access your bookmarks from the drive, you will have to locate that file in your file system. If you can’t find the bookmark file, you must have the wrong folder open or are in the wrong user path. It is always in the same folder on any system. However, the folder may reside in a different location based on the OS in use, such as Windows 10, macOS, or a Linux variant.
This article provides various methods to access your Google Chrome bookmarks to back them up or import them into another browser.
How to Find Google Chrome Bookmarks in Windows
To reach the bookmark file in Windows, you will have to access your AppData folder. To find the folder, follow these steps:
- Open File Explorer.
- Go to C:/Users/[YourPC] and select the AppData folder.
If you don’t see the AppData folder, it is hidden. To access it, you need to change your settings to show hidden folders.
- Select the View tab from the menu.
- In Show/hide options, tick Hidden items.
- Select the View tab from the menu.
- Open AppData folder.
- Click Local.
- Got to Google> Chrome > User Data.
- Select the Profile 2 folder.
You might observe the folder as “Default” or “Profile 1 or 2…” depending on the number of profiles on your Google Chrome browser.
- Scroll down and you will find the Bookmarks file.
Now you can move, copy, or delete your Chrome bookmarks at your discretion.
Where are Google Chrome Bookmarks on macOS?
Google Chrome stores its bookmarks in the ‘Application Support’ directory in macOS. Your file browser must be set to show hidden folders in macOS. You can find this directory through the ‘Terminal.’
Type command line: /Users/<your username>/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/Default. Press Enter and Finder will access the folder with your bookmarks.
If the folder is hidden, you can still access it with Finder. Here is what you should do:
- Open Finder.
- Navigate to Users/<your username>/.
- If you don’t see a Library directory, press the Command + Shift + Period buttons to toggle off hidden folders. Alternatively, if you want to access the Library files directly, hold the Alt key before selecting the Go menu.
- Go to Library > Application Support.
- Find Google and click on it.
- Now, click on Chrome.
- Enter the Default folder.
Here, you should see a ‘Bookmarks’ file containing all of your Chrome bookmarks.
Where are Google Chrome Bookmarks Stored in Linux?
If you are using Linux, you can access the files with these steps.
- Press Ctrl + Alt + T to open Terminal.
- In the Terminal window, type this path:
Or, depending on the version of Chrome that you use, you might need this path instead:
- Press Enter and you will access the folder with your bookmarks file.
If you cannot access the file path/folder, you need to click ‘Show hidden files’ in the file browser’s menu.
Export Chrome Bookmarks as an HTML File
If you don’t want to navigate through hidden files and system files, you can still get to your Google Chrome Bookmarks by exporting them as an HTML file.
To export your bookmarks, you need to:
- Open Google Chrome.
- Click the three vertical dots in the top-right corner of the Chrome window.
- Hover over the Bookmarks option.
- Click on Bookmark manager.
- Click on the Organize icon (the three vertical white dots under the More icon).
- Click Export bookmarks. Now you can choose a destination folder for your file.
Importing this file to another browser is simple.
- Follow steps 1-5, and instead of Export, click Import.
- Then, select the destination of the file and click Open. This action will add all the saved bookmarks to the existing ones.
Can’t Locate the File or Export Bookmarks?
If for some reason, you can’t find your bookmarks file in the mentioned folders or you have trouble exporting an HMTL file, you can post a question on Google Support.
Sometimes, the problem is a glitch in your Google Chrome profile or current OS state, or there may be another type of malfunction. If that is the case, try restarting the PC and trying again or contact someone from the Customer team, which will take over and guide you to a solution.
Although you may have to change some settings to view hidden folders, you can easily find your bookmarks file on most devices and operating systems. If exporting your bookmarks isn’t enough, now you know where the file’s located so you can create a copy of the file whenever needed.
Are you having any issues locating your bookmarks? Do you know of another way to locate your Chrome bookmarks? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments below.