Firefox ScrapBook: my locally hosted Internet!

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One of the most useful Firefox plug-ins I’ve ever installed and used is ScrapBook. This plug-in is like an extension to the well-known “Bookmarks” mechanism, with the added bonus that, instead on not only saving/storing the URL address of a someday-might-prove-useful web page, it can save locally the whole page (images included), a snippet of it, or even a whole site!

Its main purpose is to organize these pages into virtual sub-folders, enabling the user to use them for her research or refer to them when there is a need to, and, additionally, (a) search all of them, in full text (featuring a local search engine), (b) comment on them, or even (c) edit them in order to remove unwanted stuff.

ScrapBook is an indispensable tool for researchers and casual users alike and I think it should be a part of Firefox distribution.

On the other hand, if you don’t want to store locally the pages you ‘ve found useful, or if you don’t use Firefox (there is no excuse for that… you SHOULD), there is an on-line alternative solution from Google, Google Notebook.

You must have a Google account to use this service (who doesn’t have one these days?) and once enabled, it acts the same way as ScrapBook, except that it saves the pages (or their snippets) to Google’s servers instead of the local disk, so they are available from everywhere, provided that you have an internet connection and a browser (and you remember your password of course).

Generally, I use both of them, each one for slightly different purposes of my research habits.


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4 Replies to “Firefox ScrapBook: my locally hosted Internet!”

  1. Hello!

    Thank you for your review! Can you please tell how to backup and restore the Scrapbook? I have tons of pages and I would like to have a copy on my external hard-drive. Thank you!

  2. I know two ways to backup Scrapbook's data.

    1. open Scrapbook (Alt+K), then choose Tools and Import/Export. From there you can choose which folders and pages you want to export (or all of them) and save them to your disk in an easy to handle (HTML) format.

    2. find your Scrapbook folder, usually at ~/.mozilla/firefox/[8 random characters].default/ScrapBook/ and copy everything in there to your disk. With this method you copy the whole Scrapbook data collection, so you can restore it on any other computer too.

    I hope the above will help you choose whatever suits your needs.

  3. Hello again from Canada!
    Thank you tremendously for your answer! I tried to find a tutorial on Youtube on backing up the scrapbook but could not find anything. Thank God for nice people like you!
    Lily

  4. Thank you so much for this blog entry! My computer began running exceptionally slow & constantly freezing after a virus, even after the malware was removed, so I decided to back up all my files, including my firefox scrapbook files. I tried to use the export utility (option one above), which is the only way described on the scrapbook webpage, as well as the pdf users guide available online. With over 2,000 files to export to my external backup drive, and my computer freezing on every other file, this soon proved impossible. Fortunately, I found your blog entry, and in minutes was able to implement backup option two – i just copied all of my scrapbook data files to my external backup drive. This was much easier on my computer and just took about ten minutes, whereas i spent over 6 hrs trying to use the export utility. After backing up all my files, I formatted my computer hard drive to factory condition, & it began working at normal speed. I then reinstalled firefox & scrapbook (from scratch, because i was afraid my profile had been affected by the viruses), & used the import tool to import my backed up data files from my external drive back into my newly re-installed scrapbook. Thank you for your help!

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