Export Chrome Data/Settings from Windows to Ubuntu

ubuntu Have you switched to Ubuntu 9.10 from Windows, and want to move or transfer Google Chrome browser profile and settings like History, Bookmarks, Passwords, Cookies, Cache to your Ubuntu OS?

Follow the tutorial below to do this task easily:

1. Open Windows and navigate to C:\Users\Mayur\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data (Replace Mayur with you username). Make sure ‘Show hidden files & folders’ option is enabled in Folder options.

2. Copy the ‘Default’ folder and save it somewhere on Pen drive. If you’ve dual booted Windows & Ubuntu, then there is no need to save this folder as you can browse it from within Ubuntu.

3. Log in to Ubuntu.

4. Download and Install Google Chrome first, if you haven’t.

5. Navigate to Places > Home Folder (user) > .config > google-chrome

6. Replace the ‘Default’ folder there with the Windows one, that you found in Step 2. (You can also first delete this folder (in Ubuntu) and then paste the one from Windows).

Open Chrome now and you’ll see all your old browser data and settings intact. Enjoy 😀

Note: Chrome Extensions may not work, you’ll need to uninstall them and then reinstall.


Mayur Agarwal is the founder and editor-in-chief of WebTrickz. As a Technology enthusiast and an Internet addict, he loves sharing useful How To’s and Tips & Tricks. Follow him @mayurjango on Twitter.

5 Responses

  1. Pratyush says:

    Hi Mayur, it is nice to see you on Ubuntu too. Here are some of the tips that would help anyone in shifting from Windows to Ubuntu.

    1) Mount all partitions on Startup: By default Ubuntu wont mount all the partitions (NTFS or other Windows partitions) on startup. To fix that, head to the Applications menu >> Ubuntu Software Center. In there, search for “ntfs-config,” and double-click on the NTFS Configuration Tool (first result) and install it. Now head to the System->Administration menu and pick the NTFS Configuration Tool.

    Select the partitions you want to mount. Check the box for “Add,” click in the “Mount point” column to give it a name (“Media”, “C Drive” etc, perhaps?), and hit “Apply.” Check both boxes on the next window to allow read/write access, and hit OK, and you’re done.

    2) Adding Visual Appeal: I specifically like the “Elementary Theme” for Ubuntu which makes it much like Mac. It is clean, complete and awesome. To install it using terminal:
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:elementaryart

    followed by

    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install elementary-theme elementary-icon-theme

    You might also like to add the breadcrumbs.

    3) Favorite Softwares: A thing special about Ubuntu is its softwares. They are new and much better, free (and specifically faster) than the Windows softwares. My favorites are:
    Gedit (for writing codes – love its plugins)
    Empathy (an all in one IM client – try it to love it)
    Pino (Twitter client that nicely fits on the panel)
    Artha (It is like Wordweb on Windows – mentioned earlier on WebTrickz)
    Rhythmbox (Best music player – you will dump even iTunes)
    Cheese (a Photo Booth like software with great webcam effects)
    Klavaro (Simple yet the most efficient typing tutor I have tried)
    Activity Journal (see abt it on OMG Ubuntu – it is for easily tracking your time)
    Shutter (like SnagIt)
    Deluge (a utorrent replacement though you can still use utorrent too via wine)
    Wine (to run most of the Windows games and softwares like Counter Strike)
    KlamAV (Though Ubuntu itself is almost virus free, it is good to have an antivirus program to fix the USB of poor Windows users or cure the network drives)

    Apart from these, you don’t really need much on Ubuntu apart from customizing the shortcuts as you want.

    4) Some small but really powerful Ubuntu functions to get used to: I love Ubuntu cause it makes me productive. To make the most of it i suggest you to make use of these features:
    – Always on Top – Right click on window border of any program or any thing and select “Always on Top” to keep that window on top. Useful while working yet chatting. It then becomes like Facebook chat window.
    – Workspaces – (CTRL + ALT + Arrow Key) – It is like multiple desktops or screens to organize your work and often to hide your windows 😉 .
    – Top Panel – Earlier I felt it was something that killed the window space until I realized what all I can add to it. I specifically like Weather Report, System Monitor (with two bars including Processor and Network), Music Applet Plugin (makes it like universal Foxit Plugin for firefox).
    – Remapping Keyboard Shortcuts – Head to System >> Preferences >> Keyboard >> Layout >> Layout Options and look at the cool options. I like to swap my Caps Lock key with Control key. The location of Caps Lock is the home position and easier to use it as Ctrl key.

    Sorry for the EXTRAAA LOOONNNGGG comment but I can just go on and on about Ubuntu. Maybe you can add your favorite features too to it and some thumbnails and convert it to a post 😉 .

    Enjoy your stay on Ubuntu :D.

    – Pratyush


  2. Tinh says:

    Nice tips, thanks for sharing

  3. Mark says:

    Can I move IE8 favorite Places to Google Chrome?

  4. favion reid says:

    I don’t see any .config folder on my computer

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