Tutorial: Import bookmarks into Cliqz browser

Importing bookmarks into Cliqz takes just a few clicks using the integrated import assistant. In some cases you need to manually export the bookmarks from the other browser before you can import them into Cliqz. In this tutorial, we show you how this is done step-by-step.


Viviana Kottmann

You switched to Cliqz but you would like to add your bookmarks from your current browser? No problem! Just use the integrated import assistant. Unfortunately, it does not work with all browsers. In these cases you have to export the data from your previous browser to get it into the Cliqz Browser. The export function is often somewhat hidden or must be added in form of an extension as in the case with Opera. But don’t worry, we will explain all necessary steps for Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera, Internet Explorer, and Edge. After exporting the bookmarks as an HTML file from your previous browser, you only have to import them into Cliqz. This is done quickly. Then you can use your imported bookmarks in the Cliqz Browser. You will find them in the bookmark menu.

Import bookmarks via assistant

  1. Open the Cliqz Browser. Click on the bookmarks icon to the right of the star and select “Show All Bookmarks”. (Alternatively, you can open the “All Bookmarks” window directly with the shortcut CTRL+SHIFT+B on Windows or ⌘+SHIFT+B on macOS.)
  1. Click on the star icon with the arrow circle (Import and Save). Select “Import Data from Another Browser…” to start the import assistant.
  1. Select the browser from which you want to export bookmarks. (If your browser is not listed, you have to export the bookmarks manually into a HTML file. Just follow the corresponding chapter for your browser in this tutorial.)
  1. Now, you can define the data you want to transfer. If you only want to import your bookmarks (and history), deselect the options “Cookies” and “Saved Form History”.
  1. The next screen confirms that the import was successful. Click “Done” and you are ready to use your imported bookmarks in Cliqz.

Export bookmarks from Firefox

  1. Open Firefox and click on the icon to the right of the star to open the bookmarks menu. Select “Show All Bookmarks”. (Alternatively, you can open the “All Bookmarks” window directly with the shortcut CTRL+SHIFT+B on Windows or ⌘+SHIFT+B on macOS.)
  1. Click on the star icon with the arrow circle (Import and Save). Select “Export Bookmarks to HTML…” to start the export process.
  1. If you want to export bookmarks from multiple different browsers, give the HTML file a unique name like “Firefox bookmarks”. If you save the file to the Desktop, it is easier to find it later.
  1. Now, you only have to import the bookmarks saved in the HTML file into the Cliqz Browser. To do this, just follow the tutorial chapter Import bookmarks from HTML file.

Export bookmarks from Google Chrome

  1. Open Chrome and click on the triple-dot menu button in the upper right corner. Go to “Bookmarks” and choose “Bookmark Manager” in the submenu. (Alternatively, you can open the “Bookmark Manager” directly with the shortcut CTRL+SHIFT+O on Windows or ⌥+⌘+B on macOS.)
  1. In a new window, you will see all your bookmarks. Click on the bold word “Organize” and select “Export Bookmarks to HTML File…” from the drop down menu.
  1. If you want to export bookmarks from multiple different browsers, give the HTML file a unique name like “Chrome bookmarks”. If you save the file to the Desktop, it is easier to find it later.
  1. Now, you only have to import the bookmarks saved in the HTML file into the Cliqz Browser. To do this, just follow the tutorial chapter Import bookmarks from HTML file.

Export bookmarks from Safari

  1. Open Safari. Click on “File” in the upper menu and choose “Export Bookmarks…”.
  1. If you want to export bookmarks from multiple different browsers, give the HTML file a unique name like “Safari bookmarks”. If you save the file to the Desktop, it is easier to find it later.
  1. Now, you only have to import the bookmarks saved in the HTML file into the Cliqz Browser. To do this, just follow the tutorial chapter Import bookmarks from HTML file.

Export bookmarks from Opera

To export bookmarks from the latest version of Opera you first need the extension “Bookmarks Import & Export”. You can download it for free from the Opera add-ons store.

  1. Please follow this link https://addons.opera.com/en/extensions/details/bookmarks-import-export/ and click on „Add to Opera“. The add-on will automatically be downloaded and installed.
Opera export
  1. After installation, the extension should start automatically. You can also run it manually by clicking on the bookmark icon next to the URL bar. Then simply click “EXPORT” and a file called “Bookmarks.html” will be saved to your Downloads folder.
  1. Now, you only have to import the bookmarks saved in the HTML file into the Cliqz Browser. To do this, just follow the tutorial chapter Import bookmarks from HTML file.

Export bookmarks from Internet Explorer

  1. Open Internet Explorer. Click on the star icon on the upper right and then on the small black arrow right next to “Add to favorites”. Select “Import and export…” from the drop down menu.
  1. In the new windows, click on „Export to a file“ and confirm with “Next”.
  1. On the next screen, click on „Favorites“ and then „Next“.
  1. If you want to export all bookmarks, just click on „Next“ again. To export only a specific folder, select it and confirm with “Next”.
  1. If you want to export bookmarks from multiple different browsers, give the HTML file a unique name like “IE bookmarks”. If you save the file to the Desktop, it is easier to find it later.
  1. Now, you only have to import the bookmarks saved in the HTML file into the Cliqz Browser. To do this, just follow the tutorial chapter Import bookmarks from HTML file.

Export bookmarks from Edge

Unfortunately, Microsoft has removed the previously integrated export function from Edge. Thus, the browser does not support direct export anymore. But with a Windows system program from Microsoft, the bookmarks can still be saved to an HTML file.

  1. Press the Windows key and R at the same time, to open the „Run“ dialog. Enter iediag /show into the input field and hit Enter.
  1. The program “Diagnostics Utility for Internet Explorer” opens in a new window. Click on the tab “Microsoft Edge Tools”.
  2. Select “HTML Format” in the section “Export Format” and click on “OK”. All Edge bookmarks are now saved to an HTML file called “EdgeFavorites”, which you can find on the Desktop.
  1. Now, you only have to import the bookmarks saved in the HTML file into the Cliqz Browser. To do this, just follow the tutorial chapter Import bookmarks from HTML file.

Import bookmarks from HTML file

  1. Open the Cliqz Browser. Click on the icon to the right of the star and select “Show All Bookmarks”. Alternatively, you can open the “All Bookmarks” window directly with the shortcut CTRL+SHIFT+B (Windows) or ⌘+SHIFT+B (macOS).
  1. Click on the star icon with the arrow circle (Import and Save). Select “Import Bookmarks from HTML…”.
  1. Select the previously saved HTML file. If you have followed our instructions carefully, you should find it on the Desktop or in the Downloads folder. Clicking on “Open” starts the import process.

Congratulations! You have successfully imported your bookmarks and can now use them in the Cliqz Browser.

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