Google Chrome bookmarks are easy to sort and access from the browser. On the other hand, you may prefer to access them directly. Regardless of the method used, it is always good to know where Chrome keeps them—Chrome stores all bookmarks together into one file. If you want to backup, move, or access your bookmarks from the drive, you will have to locate that file in your file system. If you can’t find the bookmark file, you must have the wrong folder open or are in the wrong user path. It is always in the same folder on any system. However, the folder may reside in a different location based on the OS in use, such as Windows 10, macOS, or a Linux variant. This article provides various methods to access your Google Chrome bookmarks to back them up or import them into another browser.
Bookmark.bak is a snapshot taken whenever you open your Chrome browser. For the file type, one says “File,” and the backup is “BAK.” Primarily, both files work fine as a backup, but Bookmark is always the current list, reflecting any current changes or deletions.
Where are Google. Chrome Bookmarks in Windows?
To reach the bookmark file in Windows, you will have to access your AppData folder. To find the folder, follow these steps:
- Open ‘File Explorer.’
- Go to C:/Users/[YourPC] and then select the AppData folder.
If you don’t see the AppData folder, it is hidden, and you don’t have permission to access it. If you are an administrator on your PC, you can change the settings to allow access.
- Click on the ‘Search’ button on your taskbar (the magnifying glass icon).
- Type ‘File Explorer Options.’ When the icon appears, click on it.
- Find a ‘View’ tab at the top of the ‘Options’ menu.
- Find ‘Hidden files and folders’ in the menu.
- Tick the ‘Show hidden files, folders, and drives’ option.
- Go back to the AppData folder.
- Click ‘Local.’
- Find Google/Chrome and then enter ‘User Data.’
- Find the ‘Default’ folder.
- Scroll down, and you will find the “bookmarks” file and the “bookmarks.bak” backup file.
- You can copy, move, or delete either file now.
Where are Google Chrome Bookmarks on Mac OS?
Google Chrome stores its bookmarks in the ‘Application Support’ directory in MacOS. Your file browser must be set to show hidden folders in MacOS . You can find this directory with the help of the ‘Terminal’ program and its command-line interface.
Type command line: “/Users/<your username>/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/Default.” Press Enter and the ‘Finder’ will access the folder with your bookmarks.
If the folder is hidden, you can still access it with the Finder. Here is what you should do:
- Open ‘Finder.’ That’s the icon with a blue-white face at the bottom of the screen.
- Navigate to Users/<your username>/.
- If you don’t see a ‘Library’ directory, press the Command + Shift + Period buttons to toggle off hidden folders, giving you access.
- Enter ‘Library,’ then go to the ‘Application Support’ folder.
- Find ‘Google’ and enter that directory.
- Look for ‘Chrome’ and enter.
- Enter the ‘Default’ folder.
You will see bookmark and bookmark.bak files here.
Where are Google Chrome Bookmarks stored in Linux?
If you are using Linux, you can access the files with these steps.
- Press Ctrl + Alt + T to open ‘Terminal.’ You can also search it manually in your ‘Applications’ bar.
- In the ‘Terminal’ window, type this path:
Or, depending on the version of Chrome that you use, you might need this path instead:
- Press Enter, and you will access the folder with the bookmark and bookmark.bak files.
If you cannot access the file path/folder, you need to click “Show hidden files” in the file browser’s menu.
Get Your Bookmarks as an HTML File
If you don’t want to navigate through hidden files and system files, you can still get to your Google Chrome Bookmarks by exporting them as an HTML file.
To export your bookmarks, you need to:
- Open Google Chrome.
- Go to the ‘More’ option on the top right side of the Google Chrome window. The icon is three vertical dots.
- Hover over the ‘Bookmarks’ segment with your mouse.
- Click on ‘Bookmark Manager.’ The manager window should open.
- Click on the ‘Organize’ icon–these are three vertical white dots under the ‘More’ icon.
- Click ‘Export’ bookmarks. Now you can choose a destination folder for your file.
Importing this file to another Google Chrome is simple. You should follow the steps 1-5, and instead of ‘Export,’ click ‘Import.’ Then select the destination of the file and click ‘Open.’ This action will add all the saved bookmarks to the existing ones.
Can’t Locate the File or Export Bookmarks?
If, for some reason, you can’t find your bookmarks file in the mentioned folders or you have trouble exporting an HMTL file, you can post a question on Google Support .
Sometimes, the problem is a glitch in your Google Chrome profile or current OS state, or there may be another type of malfunction. If that is the case, try restarting the PC and trying again or contact someone from the Customer team, which will take over and guide you to a solution.