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I often come across interesting websites while browsing with Firefox. These are sites that I may, or may not, have time to go back to view.

I don't want to add these sites to the regular Firefox bookmarks because then they will appear in the location bar suggestions. (I could turn off bookmarks for location bar suggestions, but I want my regular bookmarks to still appear.)

I wind up just keeping a text file with all these URLs. It gets unmanageable and chaotic very quickly. Plus, cutting and pasting into the file is tedious.

Is there a Firefox extension, or other solution, to have essentially two sets of bookmarks: one that is used by for location bar suggestions, and one that is not.

Requirements:

  • Must be offline (does not store bookmarks "in the cloud")
  • Must handle thousands of bookmarks (acceptable limit is about 5000)
  • Gratis or very low cost
  • Windows compatible

Not needed:

  • Encryption
  • Passwords

Already tried:

  • Save-To-Read - Bookmarks still appear in location bar suggestions. Also difficult to remove bookmarks.
  • I guess ScrapBook will not be the best match, as it stores the entire page instead of just bookmarks? That's the first thing which came to my mind … – Izzy Nov 7 '15 at 20:28
  • Why do they need to be bookmarks? What functionality do you need from them? What's wrong with exporting them as urls? – user193661 Nov 7 '15 at 21:44
  • Is this different from the one you asked before? softwarerecs.stackexchange.com/questions/19821/… – user193661 Nov 7 '15 at 22:19
  • I forgot about that one... wrote it 6 months ago. :-) This question is similar, but allows for different types of solutions. The functionality of a bookmark must include storing a URL that, when clicked, opens a web site. – RockPaperLizard Nov 7 '15 at 23:51
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    @Izzy Thanks Izzy. I'm still undecided. I haven't had a chance to figure out what will work best yet. – RockPaperLizard Mar 12 '16 at 23:33
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When I read your requirements correctly, a combination of two Firefox addons could do the job:

Markdown Editor allows you to open/create, edit, and save Markdown documents – using a syntax you're already familiar with from Stack Exchange. This would include e.g. nested lists and hyperlinks:

Markdown Editor Markdown Editor
Markdown Editor (source: Mozilla.org; click images for larger variants)

As the second screenshot shows, the addon's split view feature would allow you to "click" those links. To make "capturing" links easier, I'd recommend a second addon:

CoLT (short for "Copy Link Text") makes it easy to copy either a link's text, or both the link text and its URL in a format you specify. This non-invasive extension simply appears as context menu items when you right-click a link. Fully customizable!

CoLT CoLT
CoLT (source: Mozilla.org; click images for larger variants)

I use CoLT myself for years already – and I use it a lot in a similar way as I'm suggesting here: to insert links into Markdown documents (only that most of those Markdown "documents" are answers on SE sites), so I can at least vouch for this part.

Edit:

As akavel pointed out in the comments, there's also Easy Copy – which somewhat acts like "CoLT on steroids" (much more configurable and feature rich). Make your own choice here :) For example, with Easy Copy you can configure to get a selected fragment of text from a website into clipboard too, using the following snippet:

* [%page_title%](%page_url%) (%date%)

    > %selection%

Now let's see how my combination matches your requirements:

  • Must be offline (does not store bookmarks "in the cloud"): Check.
  • Must handle thousands of bookmarks (acceptable limit is about 5000): you didn't specify across how many documents they can be split, so: Yes, at least when spread about several documents :) Not sure if the editor has a limit – and if, where it lies.
  • Gratis or very low cost: Gratis, but donations accepted (both addons)
  • Windows compatible: I cannot test that currently – but at least for CoLT the answer is a definitive yes (have used it on Windows already when at my customers' places)
  • The functionality of a bookmark must include storing a URL that, when clicked, opens a web site: Yupp, see "split view".

Conclusion: If it's acceptable to use two addons to accomplish the task, these two should do. If not, CoLT could be substituted by (Easy Copy and/or) additional handiwork :)

  • Thanks Izzy! That's a clever combination. I appreciate it. I'll give it a try and see how it works out. I think the number of clicks and cursor movements could make it a bit cumbersome, but it is definitely worth trying. I'm open to other innovative solutions as well. – RockPaperLizard Nov 9 '15 at 2:54
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    It's definitely not as easy as the "usual bookmark manager". But given your requirements, it's hard to find a good fit: bookmark manager either work with the built-in bookmarks, or store in the cloud (e.g. Pocket). I know there's a "bookmarklet" for ownCloud's bookmark app, but installing ownCloud just for that would be a little overkill. What's left requires a few more clicks then – unless someone can automate it somehow. Btw: The above is almost what I do with parts of my bookmarks – only that I use a separate editor ;) – Izzy Nov 9 '15 at 7:38
  • Exactly! Right now I've been using a separate editor as well, but it is clunky to switch back and forth, cutting and pasting. Ideally, I would like either (1) something that adds another integrated bookmark system into the browser, or (2) uses the browser's existing bookmarks system and just excludes a few folders from location bar suggestions. – RockPaperLizard Nov 9 '15 at 17:35
  • Afraid neither 1 nor 2 exist – but I'm gladly taught otherwise. – Izzy Nov 9 '15 at 18:26
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    Instead of CoLT, I found Easy Copy more featureful: I configured it to copy the title+link as a markdown bullet item, and also with the currently selected fragment of the page as a quote, – akavel Mar 11 '16 at 18:53

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