In my Firefox bookmarks in Ubuntu 14.04, every single folder in my library is duplicated, and I can't delete these duplicates. The duplicates are also linked, so if I change one, it changes the other.

This is a little hard to explain, so I have also posted a screenshot.

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  • Can't you just right click and delete?
    – Thomas K
    Jul 23, 2014 at 12:17
  • Nope. It won't let me delete them. Plus I think they're linked to each other.
    – user155708
    Jul 23, 2014 at 15:20

1 Answer 1


This can be caused by a corrupted places.sqlite or by importing a HTML backup that created those extra, normal, folders instead of placing the bookmarks in the existing root bookmark folders that have the special icons.

Check this link for more info.

Also take a look on this addon: it will run some maintenance tasks on your browser and reindex the sqlite file.

This link ("kb.mozillazine.org/Places.sqlite") explains what is sqlite and what it has to do with Firefox. If you're interested.

  • I had to reinstall due to an unrelated issue, and this issue is not present with the new Firefox Sync.
    – user155708
    Jul 27, 2014 at 8:09
  • Actually, the problem is back. Damn it.
    – user155708
    Jul 27, 2014 at 11:56

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