In Chrome under Settings -> Personal Stuff, I am given the option to 'Import Data from Another Browser..'. However Chromium is not displayed as an option...

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Is the only way to do this to sync with my Google account? Is there an offline way to copy over the data? Or a workaround that does not require I have a Google account to sync to?

  • Note: That is not three separate questions; rather the same question posed in three different ways. – rlemon Dec 21 '11 at 18:37
  • That's not quite correct. As mentioned by "John Salvatier", Chromium is started instead of Google Chrome afterwards. The better option is to replace your symlink command: ln -s ~/.config/chromium/Default ~/.config/google-chrome/Default (after deleting/backuping the Default-folder). – BottleNick Jan 29 '13 at 15:37

Do a copy of your ~/.config/chromium directory to your ~/.config/google-chrome directory.

You can also do a symlink, like this:

ln -s ~/.config/chromium ~/.config/google-chrome

That will use the chromium config as the "authoritative"/"master" config directory, with chrome just looking into chromium.

It's also a wise decision to quit Chromium and/or Chrome so that you don't have any issues with config directories.

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    In order to get the symlink to do anything, I had to delete ~/.config/google-chrome. However, that subsequently made starting chrome simply start chromium. – John Salvatier Sep 28 '12 at 18:15
  • Symlinking works just fine for me :-) – daiscog Jun 23 '14 at 21:57
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    I don't know why the symlink didn't do it for me, but closing the browser and copying all the config files from chromium to google-chrome worked. – iyrin Nov 28 '14 at 11:42
  • @iyrin Is it possible you did the symlink "backwards"? – isomorphismes Mar 13 '15 at 6:21
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    The path may be different for snap, e.g. ~/snap/chromium/821/.config/chromium. – Nagev Sep 11 '19 at 8:25

The answer is almost the same for all browsers.

In Chromium, go to Bookmarks/Bookmarks Manager (NOT to "Import bookmarks and settings")- "Organize": "Export bookmarks to HTML file" and save your bookmarks as html file. Then in Google Chrome (or very similarly in any other browser) go to Bookmarks manager and in the same way import bookmarks from the HTML file that you just saved. Save your bookmarks as html from time to time and import them when you need them in new browsers.

Shortcut to access bookmarks manager: Shift-Ctrl-O.

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    This is only for bookmarks. I want to copy all browser data including plugin data and settings. – rlemon Mar 21 '12 at 18:45
  • I think there is no built-in way to transfer all the rest, just the possibility of transferring between the config directories as jrg said in his answer. – user47206 Mar 21 '12 at 19:02
  • yup, which is why it is the accepted answer:P I +1 yours because it i'm sure someone will stumble here while trying to only copy bookmarks :P cheers! – rlemon Mar 21 '12 at 19:03

As opposed to the answer that suggested to copy or symlink the ~/.config/chromium folder to ~/.config/google-chrome (this actually results in starting Chromium when running the google-chrome executable - I guess, many settings inside the config folder are responsible for this), it is actually correct to copy/symlink the Default folder inside Chromium's config folder to Chrome's config folder. (Or vice versa, if you will.)


I found on mac that rsync can do the trick it help to copy all your data .

rsync -a ~/Library/Application\ Support/Google/Chrome/ ~/Library/Application\ Support/Chromium

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