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How to Add Chrome & Firefox Bookmarks to OS X Spotlight Service With Brow

Spotlight is a replacement of conventional find function in Apple's OS X operating system. This full system-wide indexing technology lets you find files, apps and folders when you begin typing in the Spotlight search field. Though Spotlight indexes Safari bookmarks, it won’t index Chrome and Firefox bookmarks.


If you would like to add Google Chrome as well as Mozilla Firefox’s bookmarks to your OS X Spotlight Service, here is how you can simply do with a simple app called Brow. Brow reads out your local Chrome and Firefox bookmarks and stores them in a file format that Spotlight can understand.


 Spotlight will show the bookmarks (including previews), as it with Safari bookmarks, and will open them with your default web browser.

 Features of Brow for OS X:

 - Brow reads out your local Chrome and Firefox bookmarks and stores them in a file format Spotlight understands. After Brow has added your Chrome and Firefox bookmarks to Spotlight, it doesn't need to run for your bookmarks still being accessible with Spotlight.

 - When running, Brow monitors your Chrome and Firefox bookmarks and will sync any changes to Spotlight within seconds.

 - Bookmarks brought to Spotlight by Brow will be shown in the Documents section of the Spotlight window, whereas Spotlight will show Safari bookmarks in a distinctive Webpages section.

 - Brow runs in a sandbox and therefore needs your explicit permission to access your Chrome and Firefox bookmark folders as well as the sync data output folder. Brow will ask for such permission at first launch.

Interested users can download Brow free from developer’s website here.

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