Chrome Bookmarks Sorter

(08-Aug-2011) Application has been updated to add a check-box that allows you to exclude the bookmarks bar from sorting.

(23-Sep-2010) Application has been updated to support all builds of Chromium using the same bookmark file format. A new download link is below. Use the two new buttons in the interface to specify a custom path, or reset it to the default Google Chrome location.

(10-Apr-2009) Application has been featured on Lifehacker.  Welcome Lifehackers!

(10-Apr-2009) Whoops: The build process failed to bundle the right assemblies with the exe… so I’ve attached an updated version, below.  If you had an error when trying to run this, please re-download!

I’ve had this one sat on my hard-drive for a while now, it’s a simple utility that sorts Chrome’s bookmarks by user-selected parameters.  In a recent development build of Chrome, the developers added a “Reorder by title” option to the Bookmark Manager, but it doesn’t sort recursively, and only allows the one option.  So, here’s something a little more.

I make no guarantees for it working, provide no warranties, or anything.  If it screws up your computer, or whatever, I’m not responsible.  This is strictly “it works fine on my machine”-software!

Simply run the application, sort your bookmarks, and re-start Chrome.  Requires .NET Framework v3.5.

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  6. alexandrojv says:

    hey I just saw that your application’s system requirements says it can run on Windows 2000, but Windows 2000 can’t run Google Chrome, or have you found a way for it to run on Windows 2000?

  7. James says:

    Whoops, I shouldn’t have left that on there. I’ll remove it from the readme if I release another version. Sorry for getting your hopes up!

  8. George says:

    When I sort all bookmarks are duplicated. I have tried 3 times, reverting to the unsorted backup each time. Using latest non-dev build of Chrome & Windows Vista Ultimate 64bit. Any ideas?



  9. James says:

    Hi George,

    I’ve not tested on a 64-bit system, as I don’t have access to one at the present time. I’ve not experienced any similar issues in my testing – and I’ve not had any similar problems reported. I don’t know what could be causing the issue, but when I have some time I’ll take a look at the program and see if I can find the reason for the problem (though, I don’t know how soon that will be)!

    Sorry I can’t be much more help than that.

  10. neenee says:

    I have used this on various occaisions on Windows 7 64-bit, without problems. I am using the latest beta of Google Chrome (selecting using the Google Channels switcher, middle option)

  11. James says:

    Well, thanks very much for clearing that up, neenee. I can’t see anything inherently obvious in the program itself that would cause duplication. Will have to keep thinking!

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  13. Ernest Tornabell III says:

    There were two things I didn’t like, so far, and was going back to IE. Then you came along w/Chrome Bookmark Sorter. One down and one to go (Auto-Fill). Chrome Bookmark Sorter works magnificently! Easy and fast!

  14. steve says:

    James, please help! I installed the program on my computer and it removed all my bookmarklets from the chrome bookmark bar! please email me since I can’t contact you from your contact page. thanks!

  15. James says:

    Hi Steve,

    I’ve not had any other similar problems reported to me with the application. Did you ensure you closed Chrome before sorting the bookmarks? What version of Chrome are you running? I haven’t actively updated the program since the day of release, but it still appears to work for me (running the latest version on the Developer branch).

  16. Hi James,

    I really appreciate your utility. I have two questions:
    1. What language did you write it in?
    2. Have you ever thought of a feature (or another app) that also checks whether the bookmark still exists?

    Thanks a lot,


  17. Stephen says:

    I have downloaded your program many times. I have yet to find where it hangs out. I would appreciate some direction regarding this. I run Windows XP Pro with the most up to date version of Chrome. Your program would seem to be a boon to Chrome bookmarking.

  18. Stephen says:

    I would like to try your program, but am unable to install it after download, Some questions; Where does it reside on my computer? How do I uninstall it. Having read the reviews, I look forward to a solution to this issue.

  19. James says:

    Richard – C#. I have no real plans to add extra features, or to develop any other similar applications, sorry! :)

    Stephen – no installation is required, simply run the EXE within the zip file.

  20. Steve1209 says:

    Bookmark sorter does not work with Beta 6, any idea why?

  21. James says:

    Hi Steve. I haven’t worked on, or tested this project in well over a year! If you can give me any information regarding any errors you receive, or just some details of what happens (e.g. Does it do *anything*? Does it corrupt bookmarks?), if it’s a simple fix, I’ll try and do it :)

  22. Steve1209 says:

    Hi James,

    I think I figured out why your bookmark sorter program stopped working. In chrome I set up the option to sync bookmarks between computers I might log on to, I think the way they do that it keep a copy of the bookmarks on a server somewhere, so you no longer have a local copy of bookmarks. As soon as I un checked that option, the sorter again worked.

    Sorry for sounding off too soon, your sorter works great now as it always has,


  23. James says:

    Hey Steve,

    Well, that’s certainly an interesting point to note! If only they’d bother to implement proper sorting in Chrome itself, there wouldn’t be an issue at all! Glad to hear the program’s still firing (correctly) on all cylinders!


  24. Steve1209 says:


    I agree 100% about Chrome sorting bookmarks. I now have the new DEV version installed which is now version 7 already, there is still no bookmark sorting. As good as Google is, stupid ass IE has a sort feature, one would think, Google would have that & something better oh well, I have your sorter working perfectly again!

    Thanks again,

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  26. Emre says:

    Works perfectly. Thanks :)

  27. Antonio says:

    any chance you can make this a Chrome extension?

  28. James says:

    That might be a possibility in the future – but I have no immediate plans to do so. I have no real experience with Chrome extensions, but it has been something I’ve been meaning to explore :) You’ll hear it here first if I do decide to look at it.

  29. Richard Walker says:

    Thank you – thank you – thank you for the ability to sort Chrome bookmarks recursively. I can’t believe the well-paid staff at Google continues to overlook this one. Guess things are a bit more kicked back than they were when the started.
    This is a gem. Thank you again.

  30. steve1209 says:

    Hi Everyone,

    Google isn’t as lame as people think. In Chrome, click on the wrench, choose Bookmark manager, if you use other bookmark like I do, highlight that then click on organize and reorder by title. It;s not as simple as say IE but it works!

    Hope that helps,


  31. James says:

    Hi Steve,

    Whilst that feature is available in Chrome, it does not enable sorting in both directions, nor does it enable recursive sorting through nested/multiple folders – which is, for the most part, why this tool exists. In addition to this, the feature you mention was not in Google Chrome when I first released this tool.

  32. zsero says:

    Brakes Xmarks! Don’t use it with Xmarks! The only way to fix it is after sorting you have to uninstall and reinstall Xmarks!

    Xmarks support says that something happened with my ‘Bookmarks Bar’ folder, that’s why it broke.

    For this reason, and for the reason that I’d really need my Bookmarks Bar manually organised (it’s only icons), could you make a feature to enable or disable the sorting of the Bookmarks Bar? It’s only a few lines of code and it would save lots of trouble and manual organising!

  33. James says:

    I’ll look into adding that option. I’ve not used Xmarks, but will take a look and see if that’s the only complication. If it’s fairly straightforward to avoid causing conflicts, I may implement it.

    The only issue is that there are a large number of bookmark-related extensions and pieces of software… and adding exceptions for one, may mean needing to make different exceptions for others.

    As I said, though, I’ll definitely take a look at it and see how viable it is – thanks for the feedback!

  34. Anders Eriksson says:


    First a big thank you for creating Bookmark Sorter!

    I do have a problem though. I run the Sorter and it sorts all the bookmarks, but it doesn’t sort the folders! I set the options so that it should sort both bookmarks and folders on Name.

    I’m using Sorter 1.3 and Chrome 14.0.835.202 m

    // Anders

  35. James says:

    Hi Anders,

    Not really sure what could be causing the issue for you. If you want, you can send your bookmarks file to me (email is in the side-bar) and I’ll see if I can reproduce the issue!

  36. Anders Eriksson says:

    Hello James,

    I have found out how to make the sorter work.
    If I reboot the computer and run the Bookmark Sorter before starting Chrome, then everything is sorted like it should!

    There seems to be something disturbing sorter when I have started (and ended) Chrome.

    Now I can get my bookmarks in alphabetical order!

    Thank you!

    // Anders

  37. James says:

    Glad you found a solution!

  38. Brian5 says:

    Thanks James! Worked perfectly.

    FYI after reading some previous posts:
    1. Didn’t experience any problems with Folders not sorting. They sorted just fine without rebooting.
    2. Didn’t break Xmarks synching.

    [Sorter 1.3. Chrome 17.0.963.12. Win 7 x64 Ult.]

  39. Kevin says:

    Hi, James! Any further thought on making this an extension in Chrome? At this point, there still isn’t a good sorter for both date and title.

  40. boardtc says:

    let’s have a chrome extension please! It would definitely widen the user base if you are into that.

  41. Hugo says:

    Hi James,

    So I downloaded 1.3
    Started it, turned the “Sort Bookmarks by Date Added” option on, tapped the “Sort Bookmarks” button, and it told me I needed to close Chrome.
    So I did it and I tapped the button again.
    When I reopened Chrome nothing had happened.

    So I downloaded 1.2
    I closed Chrome first, then I started the app and I did it all again.
    When I reopened Chrome nothing had happened.

    So I rebooted.
    This time I went straight for the app before starting anything else.
    Did everything again, reopened Chrome… again nothing at all.

    I got Chrome Version 33.0.1750.117 m, my OS is W7 Home Premium SP1 on an HP Pavilion dv6 laptop.

    Can you help?



  42. armanke13 says:

    This is awesome, you’re awesome. I think Google Chrome devs should include this feature natively (or you should consider contributing to Chromium Project, :) )

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