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Sometimes if testing web services for browser compatibility, my Apple Macbook 10.6.8 is fine when testing with Safari, Opera and Google Chrome.
Lately, i’ve found that my old stand-by browser was always my favorite, step forward Firefox. Just loaded version 12 which looks the same as previous versions. I have a shed load of history and old bookmarks in my Firefox browser history and bookmark sections. These are useful in a java tool I am writing called a ‘mouseless menu’ system. Gonna put it up on GitHub as Open Source so it might be useful to some old IBM dogs that were familiar with the old green screen menu systems of IBM System i, AS/400’s,S/38’s, S/36’s and IBM System 3’s. Peek at pix right to see what these old IBM menus looked like. Green text on black background was all the rage back in the good old days !
So i wanted to find out how to export and save all those URL’s. After much searching, found this: http://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/Backing-up-restoring-bookmarks. It says :
Backup and restoring
On the menu bar, click Bookmarks and select Show All Bookmarks to open the Library window.
- In the Library window, click the Import and Backup button and then select Backup….
- In the Bookmarks backup filename window that opens, choose a location to save the file, which is named bookmarks-“date”.json by default. The desktop is usually a good spot, but any place that is easy to remember will work.
- Save the bookmarks json file. The Bookmarks backup filename window will close and you can close the Library window.
Here are some screenshots :
Here you can see the Save As menu from my Apple.Typically, i export and import lots of stuff to my downloads folder. I know i can go back later and delete those items as they are typically short-lived. The Firefox export feature suggests a filename of bookmarks.html and as that is ok with me i click SAVE button, then run my tools over the exported HTML file.
A Save As menu dialog opens with a suggested filename of the word bookmarks plus the date of this backup. Note that you can change the filename and folder locations to suit your work habits. Also note that the format of text within this file is JSON which is convenient for almost all browsers to work with. I have not tried to export a Firefox set of bookmarks and import them into another browser. I’ll leave that exercise for another sunday :}
I never did find out how to export the history of visited websites. Perhaps i’ll leave that for yet another sunday ! Oh, No I didn’t – just read that we cannot export browsing history. Aw, shucks, ma !
Here are short bits of the exported bookmarks.html and json versions so you can see how complex these formats can be…