Evince has the option to add bookmarks. My question is simple?

Where is the information about bookmarks stored?

2 Answers 2


All evince bookmarks are stored as GIO metadata under $HOME/.local/share/gvfs-metadata/.

You can view all stored metadata for a specific file with

gvfs-info -a "metadata::evince::bookmarks" <document-uri>



  • Is it possible to edit them? Like renaming?
    – koni_raid
    Apr 28, 2017 at 13:42
  • Yes, enable Side Pane (F9), then choose from the drop-down arrow Bookmarks. When you add a new bookmark it will appear in the list. To rename select the name and click again, you should be able to rename it now.
    – koni_raid
    Dec 19, 2018 at 16:03

I had an issue applying Glutanimate's answer. When I tested it, gvfs-info was not working. Some Google research led me to the conclusion that it is because gvfs-info has been abandoned in favor of gio.

So please try instead:

gio info -a "metadata::evince::bookmarks" <file>
  • It is not clear for me what you mean exactly. Are you saying that you tried Glutanimate's answer and it didn't work, but the command you posted worked? Sep 29, 2019 at 8:52
  • Yes when I tested it gvfs-info was not working some google research led me that it is because that has been abandoned in favor of gio. This is purely for future googler's who may run into similar issue as this is 6yr old
    – LFMekz
    Sep 29, 2019 at 11:44
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    I edited your answer to include your comment, since this information is helpful. Also I added reference to the above answer, since it might not always be above yours. And +1. Sep 29, 2019 at 11:57
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    I also think that adding a reference for the replacement of gvfs-info by gio would further improve the answer. Sep 29, 2019 at 11:59
  • huzzah! Thanks mate
    – LFMekz
    Sep 29, 2019 at 15:45

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