Can bookmarks from another browser be imported?

  • Is there way to import my Firefox and/or Chrome bookmarks?

  • On Chrome, I think there's a way of just copying the Chrome bookmarks folder into the Opera 20 profile. But someone else needs to confirm this. You can click on the Opera tab (top right of the browser) and the click on About Opera to see the location of the profile in your computer.

    SOMEONE ELSE PLEASE CONFRIM HOW TO COPY CHROME BOOKMARKS INTO OPERA 20

    On copying Firefox bookmarks, you can only import them into Opera 12, and from there, they can be imported into Opera 20. You can download Opera 12.17. http://www.opera.com/download/guide/?ver=12.17
    If you click the file menu on that 12.17 browser, and then click Import and Export, you will see that you get a menu where you can import Firefox's bookmarks into Opera 12.17.

    Now you download Opera 20. http://www.opera.com/computer

    If you go to the menu bar of Opera 20 (Click the Opera tab all the way to the top left of the browser) Then click on More Tools and Bookmark Importer. I would then import your bookmarks to the Bookmarks bar. That's what the vast majority of people choose.

    Now you do need to have the Bookmarks bar activated. So click on the Opera tab again -- far top left of the browser -- click on Settings, browser, and under "user interface," put the dot in "Show the Bookmarks bar. That bookmarks bar should then come up on the top of the browser.

  • That has been talked about in numerous threads in these forums already

  • On copying Firefox bookmarks, you can only import them into Opera 12, and from there, they can be imported into Opera 20. You can download Opera 12.17. http://www.opera.com/download/guide/?ver=12.17

    You dont need to import Firefox bookmarks into opera 12, you just export them from Firefox to HTML then using the Bookmarks Manager extension import them to Opera 20

  • Yes, but there have been some confusing things said in the threads too, some wrong.. I think I got the importation from Firefox right. Say no, if no. On Chrome, I think it's supposed to be simpler -- replacing the bookmarks folder in the Opera 20 profile with the bookmarks folder in Chrome. BUT DEFINITELY SOMEONE ELSE NEEDS TO CONFIRM/HELP on the importation from Chrome.

  • Okay, colderwinters, you're giving an alternate way on the importation from Firefox.

  • @colderwinters: If this has been discussed in numerous threads, then the forum search feature needs tweaking. I tried "bookmarks import" and "import bookmarks", but all I found were threads complaining about the lack of traditional bookmarking.

    @lem729: Thank you for your helpful posts. I will try your suggestions, and confirm whatever works for me.

  • I already talked about how I prefered to import them from Chrome or a Chrome variant, I did it with the bookmarks already presorted, i dont remember the presorter extension i used, i named it in a previous thread, also the bookmarks file, the one that used to be the ADR file in opera, i replaced that with the one from chrome or the chrome variant, not sure which one of those things did the trick, but it did work, but whichever way importing from HTML is best

  • @islander5460

    The search vehicle in the forum is not that good, and as I've said, sometimes a bit confusing. Good luck.

  • Heres copy pasted from what I've already posted on this subject, and you will need the Opera Bookmarks Manager Extension ----> Ok, I'm much closer now to consider Opera 20 as one of my more used browsers and maybe as default possibly, got the bookmarks figured out and I dont even need Tidy Bookmarks, The bookmarks on Opera now look just like the bookmarks on any of my other browsers, whether it's Ice Dragon, Dragon, Firefox, Srware Iron, the only thing is I access them from the bookmarks bar, No Bigge, I like the bookmarks bar for my most accessed websites, ScreenShots here------>

    http://s67.photobucket.com/user/ColdWinter61/media/Opera20Screenshot4_zps08f74a03.jpg.html?sort=3&o=0

    http://s67.photobucket.com/user/ColdWinter61/media/Opera20ScreenshotApr21-14_zpscc28a698.jpg.html?sort=3&o=2

    What I did was export the bookmarks as HTML from Dragon, A chrome derivitive browser, bookmarks were already sorted by the extension SuperSorter I use on Chrome style browsers, I think exporting bookmarks from a Chrome style browser is the way to go, I also copied the Bookmarks file from Dragon to replace Operas Bookmarks folder in AppData/Roaming, Not sure which of those did the trick, it was late last night when I did it, you can see from the screenshots I access bookmarks from the Bookmarks bar, same as I do in Dragon, they are all in order and cascade, the only extension i have for bookmarks installed is the bookmarks manager for importing bookmarks, works like a charm and I dont need any other bookmarks extensions Progress has been made 🙂

  • Sorry it took a few days to check back. Without the aid of extensions, which I try not to use, here is how to import bookmarks into Opera 20 from Chrome and Firefox:


    CHROME BOOKMARKS

    Find the Chrome bookmarks file on your computer, and simply copy it into the Opera folder on your computer.

    Locations of each may differ according to your OS. On Windows 7 they are here:

    Chrome Bookmarks: C:\Users<you_user_name>\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default

    Opera 20 Bookmarks: C:\Users<you_user_name>\AppData\Roaming\Opera Software\Opera Stable


    FIREFOX BOOKMARKS - Note: You need to have Opera 12.x installed for this procedure.

    1. In Firefox, go to Bookmarks Manager > Import and Backup > Export Bookmarks to HTML...

    2. In Opera 12, go to Manage Bookmarks > File > Import Firefox Bookmarks...

    3. In Opera 20, click the Opera button in the top left of the browser, go to More Tools > Bookmark Importer

  • @islander5460

    Wow, that seems pretty straightforward. On Chrome for sure. Thanks for such a concise statement of it. The one you haven't mentioned is IE, perhaps because of the different versions floating around. I have IE 11 on my computer (and there is an Import/Export tab there). It probably does the same as Firefox when it exports, saves to an html. So you would then import into Opera 12 à la your Firefox model.

    Some people have complained about no ability to export from Opera 20. Wouldn't you think the process could go the other way too -- that you could simply move the Opera 20 bookmarks file into the Chrome bookmarks folder to replace what's there? Now Chrome can export bookmarks to HTML. So if people are worried about being trapped in Opera 20 and unable to export, they, it would seem, can move to Chrome, and from there, if they want, almost anywhere. Or am I missing something?

  • IE wasn't included because I don't use it, but I would imagine it's much like the Firefox method, as you said. 🙂

    I just tried copying the Opera 20 bookmarks file over to the Chrome folder, and it does work, but it adds on to Chrome's existing bookmarks (instead of overwriting them), so you end up with both sets of bookmarks. Whether that's good or bad for anyone depends on their personal viewpoint.

  • That's because you already had some bookmarks in your Chrome. But some Opera 12 people are worried about moving to Opera 20, thinking there's no export function, and they might end up trapped there -- in Opera 20. All that would have to be done would be to download a Chrome browser with no bookmarks yet, or delete the ones there, and then make the transfer of the Opera 20 bookmarks. The point is that while Opera 20 could benefit from an export feature, it's not essential. Opera 20 bookmarks can easily be moved to Chrome, and from there (since it has an export feature) anywhere.

  • The point is that while Opera 20 could benefit from an export feature, it's not essential.

    It is pretty much essential if anyone is to be persuaded to migrate to Opera 20. The average user is not willing to search for workarounds, even if they are simple. They expect to be able to import/export bookmarks with a bare minimum of effort using the GUI, not finding and copying files from Windows Explorer.

    The other bookmark features like nicknames, or sorting by created order, etc., might be regarded is not essential, but import/export of bookmarks should be a high priority, and it's not something to leave to extension developers.

  • You're absolutely right, Pesala. I didn't choose the best word with "not essential". it ought to be a high priority -- the bookmarks manager so Opera 20 can easily handle imports of bookmarks from other browsers and exports to them. I mean, you would think Opera wants more Opera 20 users, and what you say would help encourage average users to move to Opera 20. On whether Opera should do it or a developer through an extension, I think the problem is that it's too important that it get done quickly than to wait for a developer extension. If we had right now a developer extension that did all of this, well, that would certainly help some. But we don't, at least not as far as I can see.

    Still, it's nice to know in my mind, just for my use 🙂 that it's easy enough, even now, to move bookmarks from Opera to Chrome (which has a bookmarks export feature and can, thus, move its bookmarks almost anywhere), and from Chrome to Opera just by copying over bookmark files from one browser into a bookmarks folder in the other. All you need to know is the location. Also, it's nice to now because absent the import-export feature built into the browser, we still might have people asking in the forum how to do it right now.

  • @Islander5460

    FIREFOX BOOKMARKS - Note: You need to have Opera 12.x installed for this procedure.

    In Firefox, go to Bookmarks Manager > Import and Backup > Export Bookmarks to HTML...
    In Opera 12, go to Manage Bookmarks > File > Import Firefox Bookmarks...
    In Opera 20, click the Opera button in the top left of the browser, go to More Tools > Bookmark Importer

    While I've never done it, @colderwinters has pointed out in this thread that you can export Firefox bookmarks to [as?] HTML, and then with the help of the Bookmarks Manager extension import them directly into Opera 20 (bypassing Opera 12). Now I know you did say you don't use extensions yourself, but for people who want to go into Opera 20 from Firefox, they seem to have two possible paths. And it would seem that the same is true for Internet Explorer (as I believe they can export bookmarks to HTML)

  • What I did was export the bookmarks as HTML from Dragon, A chrome derivitive browser, bookmarks were already sorted by the extension SuperSorter I use on Chrome style browsers, I think exporting bookmarks from a Chrome style browser is the way to go, I also copied the Bookmarks file from Dragon to replace Operas Bookmarks folder in AppData/Roaming, Not sure which of those did the trick
    Hi guys, ( @lem729 @colderwinters ), to make it clear: "I also copied the Bookmarks file from Dragon to replace Operas Bookmarks folder in AppData/Roaming" - that did the trick 😉

  • I think in Opera 20 (and I am not at my desktop right now to check) there is just a bookmarks file in the profile. So you substituted the Dragon file for the bookmarks file that was already in Opera? Sounds easy.

  • Or use a third party bookmark manager/sync service. Sync your old browser to the service, then sync your new browser.

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