Export Edge Favorites


Older browsers stored favorites as individual files and folders. But modern versions of Edge keep favorites in a database. The database isn't designed to be human readable, so you need specialized software to be able to do anything meaningful with it. So, that means you can no longer just copy the folder contents in order to export your favorites.

The application be used to extract favorites from the ESE database and export them to a standards-based "bookmark.htm" file. You can then use this export file to import your Edge favorites to other browsers (IE, Chrome, etc). Note: This application does not have any import capability


The "sister" application called EdgeManage can do both importing and exporting of favorites. Take a look at this article: http://www.edgemanage.emmet-gray.com/index.html

Example of Use

The user interface is rather sparse... the default values for the input and output boxes are already filled in. You can use the View button to verify that you've got the correct database before performing the export.


Command Line version

Perhaps you want to create a script or scheduled tasks to periodically make a backup copy of your favorites...

This application can also be used as a command line tool for scripting. To use this mode, you just need to start the application with a few command-line arguments. Note: When command-line arguments are used, there will be no Graphical User Interface.

The allowed command-line arguments are:

The following are some examples of using the command-line arguments:

EdgeExport /output:"C:\Users\Bob\Documents\bookmarks.html"
EdgeExport /silent /input:"%USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe\AC\MicrosoftEdge\User\Default\DataStore\Data\nouser1\120712-0049\DBStore\spartan.edb" /output:"%USERPROFILE%\Documents\bookmarks.html"

Release Notes

Version 2.0.2 - 19 Dec 2018

Version 2.0.1 - 4 Nov 2018

Version 2.0.0 - 9 Aug 2018

Version 1.2.0 - 14 Feb 2016

Version 1.1.0 - 27 Jan 2016

Public Domain

This application and its source code are placed in the "public domain". That means it's completely free, with no restrictions on its use. There is no license, so you can do anything you want with it, to include making money from it. You are also free to tinker with it, modify it, add new features, etc.

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