Backing up Safari Bookmarks


Safari bookmarks are all stored in a file called Bookmarks.plist, which is located at ~/Library/Safari/. In this post, and many others, it’s best to remember that the ~ signifies your “home” directory. To get to this file in the Finder, choose Home from the Go menu. Open the Library folder, then open the Safari folder.

* To back up: Make a copy of the file in another location by holding down the Option key and dragging the Bookmarks.plist file to another location (such as the Desktop or a flash drive, or a writable CD or DVD – you can even email it to yourself!). The original file will remain (do not remove the original file from this location or your Safari bookmarks will be gone!).

As an alternative, you can compress the file into an archive—select the Bookmarks.plist file, then from the File menu in the Finder, choose Create Archive. The original file will remain.

* To restore: Simply move the backup copy of Bookmarks.plist to the ~/Library/Safari/ folder. If you’re restoring from an archive, don’t forget to decompress the file (just double-click it).

Note: The Bookmarks.plist file contains only the Safari bookmarks for the currently logged-in user. If other users on the same Mac have their own user accounts and personal bookmarks, their Bookmarks.plist files are located in their Home folders.

Thanks for the tip, Apple!

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