Updated 14th March 2012 – Firefox 11 added the ability to automatically import Bookmarks, Browsing History and Cookies directly from Chrome.
If you have been using Chrome as your main web browser and want to switch to Firefox (or use both), you will probably want to import Google Chrome data into Firefox. The most common things to import from Chrome into Firefox would be Bookmarks, Saved website logins/passwords and perhaps Cookies and browsing History of visited sites.
Bookmarks, Cookies and History are simple to import in Firefox 11 onwards but importing Saved Passwords is still a manual process.
Import Bookmarks, Cookies And Browsing History Into Firefox 11 (or later)
- Make sure Google Chrome is closed
- In the Firefox menu bar click ‘Bookmarks’ then ‘Show All Bookmarks’ to open the Library window
- In the Library menu bar click ‘Import and Backup’ then ‘Import Data from Another Browser’
- The Import Wizard now appears – select Chrome then press ‘Next’
- Select which items you want to import from Chrome (Cookies, Browsing History, Bookmarks – you can import all at the same time if required) then press the ‘Next’ button
- A message confirms that the import has completed – press Finish and close the Library window
Your old Chrome bookmarks should now appear in your Firefox Bookmarks Menu – you can rearrange them or resort into folders if required. Your old Chrome browsing history will be available from ‘History’ in the Firefox menu bar and your Chrome cookies will be present within Firefox.
Import Passwords Into Firefox
Chrome passwords are encrypted using your Windows logon password whereas Firefox passwords are stored in plain text – they also store passwords in different types of databases so there isn’t an automated solution – you will have to put them into Firefox manually.
First, you need to retrieve your stored logon usernames and passwords – you can do this in one of 2 ways but we recommend the second (automatic) method:
Manually Copy (if you only have a few saved passwords)
- Open the Google Chrome password manager – found in Chrome via Wrench (spanner) / Options / Personal Stuff / Managed Saved Passwords. This contains a list of your saved passwords – click ‘Show’ to display the first password.
- Open a new blank text file in Notepad then type in the first website address, username and password.
- Repeat this process for each password saved in Chrome until the text file contains a full list of all your stored logon details.
Automatically Copy – Recommended
Use Nirsoft’s free program ChromePass to produce a full list of all these website addresses and usernames/passwords which you can save directly to a text file.
- Download ChromePass from hereand unzip it
- Close Chrome then run ChromePass.exe to produce a list of your websites (URLs), usernames and passwords
- Select all of the rows of data (manually or via Edit/Select All) then click ‘File \ Save Selected Items’ in the ChromePass menu
- In the ‘Select a filename to save’ window, type in a filename and choose where you want the text file to be saved then click ‘Save’. Now close ChromePass
Both Methods – Paste Into Firefox
- Open Firefox and navigate to the first website address in your text file – the easiest way to do this is to copy the website address from your text file and ‘Paste & Go’ (right click in address bar) it into the Firefox address bar
- Enter your username and password (copy and paste them from your text file to save time) and login to the site
- When Firefox prompts you to save the password and login details, choose yes and then repeat the process with the next website address on your list until you have visited, logged into and saved all your logons in Firefox.
Tip: to stay secure, delete the text file from your computer when you have finished with it and also secure your saved passwords in Firefox with a master password.