Safari Import from Firefox

If you’re preparing your Mac for work or school, then getting your browser ready is part of that process. One piece of it is making sure you have the bookmarks you need, regardless of which browser you’re using. This is especially crucial if you’re someone like me who uses more than one browser, depending on the task.

While bookmarks can certainly be ever-changing, that initial setup with the ones you need is a good start. This tutorial shows you how to import and export bookmarks between Safari, Firefox, and Chrome to get you set up quickly.

Importing and exporting bookmarks

Import bookmarks in Safari

You can import bookmarks to Safari directly from Firefox or Chrome, or a saved HTML file.

1) Click File > Import from from the menu bar and choose the browser or to import a file.

2) If you choose to import from Firefox or Chrome, you’ll be asked if you want to import extra items like your history and passwords. Make your selections and click Import.

Safari Import from Firefox Items

3) If you choose to import a file, browse for it and click Import.

Safari Import from File

Export bookmarks in Safari

Exporting your bookmarks from Safari couldn’t be easier. So open Safari and follow these steps.

1) Click File > Export Bookmarks from the menu bar.

2) By default, the file is named Safari Bookmarks, but you can change this if you like.

3) Choose the location to save your bookmarks file and click Save.

Safari Export Bookmarks File

Import bookmarks in Firefox

If you want to import bookmarks to Firefox from Safari or Chrome, this is simple.

1) Click File > Import from Another Browser from the menu bar.

2) Select either Safari or Chrome and click Continue.

3) Choose the items you want to import and note these may be different depending on the browser but can include bookmarks, browsing history, or other data. Click Continue.

Firefox Import from Chrome Items

4) You should see a message when the import is complete, click Done.

Import from a file

If you want to import bookmarks from a file instead, you’ll navigate to this option a bit differently.

1) Click Bookmarks > Show All Bookmarks from the menu bar.

2) In the Library window that opens, click the Import and Backup button in the toolbar.

3) Select Import Bookmarks from HTML. (You’ll notice the option to import from another browser is also in this area.)

Firefox Import from File

4) Browse for and select the file and click Open.

Export bookmarks in Firefox

Exporting bookmarks from Firefox is just as easy as it is in Safari.

1) Click Bookmarks > Show All Bookmarks from the menu bar.

2) In the Library window that opens, click the Import and Backup button in the toolbar.

3) Select Export Bookmarks from HTML.

4) The default name for the file is bookmarks, but you can change that if you like.

5) Choose a location for the file and click Save.

Firefox Export Bookmarks File

Import bookmarks in Chrome

If you want to import bookmarks to Chrome, follow these steps.

1) Click Chrome > Import Bookmarks and Settings from the menu bar.

2) You can select Safari or Firefox and then choose additional items to import like browsing history and saved passwords. Remember, these options differ depending on the browser. Click Import.

Chrome Import from Firefox Items

When the import is complete, you’ll see a confirmation message. Click Done.

3) If you want to import a file instead, choose Bookmarks HTML File and click Choose File. Then browse for and select the file followed by Open.

Chrome Import from File

Export bookmarks in Chrome

Like Safari and Firefox, exporting a bookmarks file is super easy in Chrome.

1) Click Bookmarks > Bookmark Manager from the menu bar.

2) Click the Organize (three-dot icon) button on the top right.

3) Click Export Bookmarks. (Notice, you can also Import Bookmarks from here.)

4) The default name for the file is bookmarks [date], but you can change that if you like.

5) Choose a location for the file and click Save.

Chrome Export Bookmarks File

Export file naming convention tips

Rather than using the default names given to the export file for Firefox and Chrome (“bookmarks”), it’s wise to add the browser name to it. This will make things much easier if you’re exporting and importing with all three browsers.

It’s also a good idea to add the date to the file name. This will help if you decide to export a bookmarks file more than once.

Wrapping it up

Hopefully this tutorial for importing and exporting bookmarks between Safari, Firefox, and Chrome will help you prepare your Mac browsers for work or school.

What’s your favorite browser on Mac? Do you stick with Safari for everything or do you use different browsers for different things?