How to Find Mozilla Firefox Bookmarks Hidden on Your Computer

By Meghan Klassen

Locating your Mozilla Firefox Bookmarks can be helpful when attempting to import them into another Internet browser, such as Internet Explorer, or when you have updated to a newer version of Mozilla Firefox and "lost" the Bookmarks from a previous version. As of late 2009, Mozilla Firefox 3.5 was the most current version of the Mozilla Firefox Internet browser.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer (with Mouse)
  • Internet access
  • Mozilla Firefox 3.5 Internet browser

In Windows Vista and Windows 7

Step 1

Click on the "Computer" icon in the "Start" menu or double-click on the "Computer" Desktop icon.

Step 2

Double-click on the "OS (C:)" icon.

Step 3

Double-click on the "Users" folder icon.

Step 4

Double-click on the folder icon that corresponds to the Windows user account name whose Mozilla Firefox Bookmarks you are attempting to locate.

Step 5

Double-click on the "AppData" folder icon.

Step 6

Double-click on the "Roaming" folder icon.

Step 7

Double-click on the "Mozilla" folder icon.

Step 8

Double-click on the "Firefox" folder icon.

Step 9

Double-click on the "Profiles" folder icon.

Step 10

Double-click on the "xxxxxxxx.default" folder icon (where "xxxxxxxx" represents a random string of eight characters that differs on a computer-to-computer basis).

Step 11

Double-click on the "bookmarkbackups" folder icon. This folder contains a number of dated .json files, which themselves contain your bookmarks.

In Windows 2000 and Windows XP

Step 1

Click on the "My Computer" icon in the "Start" menu or double-click on the "My Computer" Desktop icon.

Step 2

Double-click on the "Local Disk (C:)" icon.

Step 3

Double-click on the "Documents and Settings" folder icon.

Step 4

Double-click on the folder icon that corresponds to the Windows user account name whose Mozilla Firefox Bookmarks you are attempting to locate.

Step 5

Double-click on the "Application Data" folder icon.

Step 6

Follow the steps described above for Windows Vista and Windows 7, starting at Step 7.

Tips & Warnings

  • The "AppData" folder in Windows Vista and Windows 7 can also be accessed by simultaneously pressing the "Windows" key and the "R" key (which opens the "Run" box), typing in %APPDATA%, and pressing "OK." At which point you can follow the steps described above for Windows Vista and Windows 7, starting at Step 7, to access your Mozilla Firefox Bookmarks.
  • The "Application Data" folder in Windows 2000 and Windows XP can also be accessed by clicking on "Run" in the "Start" menu, typing in %APPDATA%, and pressing "OK." At which point you can follow the steps described above for Windows Vista and Windows 7, starting at Step 7, to access your Mozilla Firefox Bookmarks.
  • The "AppData" folder in Windows Vista and Windows 7 and the "Application Data" folder in Windows 2000 and Windows XP are hidden by default, which means to access them you will either have to change your Windows settings to "Show Hidden Files and Folders" (search at www.Microsoft.com for how to do so in your particular version of Windows) before following the steps described above or follow the alternate procedure outlined in the "Tips" section.
  • The methods described above differ slightly for earlier versions, but again, as of late 2009, Mozilla Firefox 3.5 was the most current version of the Mozilla Firefox Internet browser. To download the latest version of Mozilla Firefox, visit www.mozilla.com/firefox/