Internet Productivity

How to Copy All URLs for Open Tabs in Firefox

Ben Stegner 22-08-2017

Do you have too many tabs open in Firefox? Maybe you want to start closing them out to reclaim browser speed 5 Little-Known Factors That Could Affect Your Browser Speed There are few computer-related issues that are more irritating than a slow browser. If your browsing is being held back, check these five things to get it back up to speed. Read More or reduce clutter? But before you do, you’ll want to save them all so you don’t accidentally lose out on any important ones.


Fortunately, there’s a quick trick you can use to copy all the URLs of your open tabs. Then you can paste them into Notepad or a similar text editing app The 6 Best Windows Notepad Alternatives Windows Notepad is too simple, but Microsoft Office is overkill? If you're looking for a Notepad replacement, here are the leading alternatives. One will be perfect for you. Read More for safekeeping.

In Firefox, click the three-bar menu to the upper-right and then select Options. Choose the General tab on the left sidebar and look for the Home Page entry. If there’s a URL listed here, you should copy and paste it somewhere else to temporarily back it up.

Once it’s safe, click the use Current Pages button to add the URL from every tab into the Home Page box. Click inside the field and press Ctrl + A to select all the text, then Ctrl + C to copy it. Then you can paste it into Notepad or Word to have a list of all URLs. Each one is separated with a pipe (|) symbol. Don’t forget to replace your proper Home Page when done!

You could use an extension to do this, but there’s no need to install anything for this method. For more tips like this, check out the best ways to manage lots of tabs in Firefox 12 Incredibly Useful Ways to Manage Multiple Tabs in Firefox We all need an extension (or ten!) to wrestle browser tabs into submission effortlessly. Especially you, you tab hoarder. Read More .

Do you ever need to copy lots of URLs in Firefox? How many tabs do you have open right now? Let us know in the comments!


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  1. Nym nym
    July 15, 2019 at 10:47 am

    Save a couple steps.

    I open Firefox history, right click Bookmark toolbar ....make a new folder.
    Go to today's history, copy all (cntl A), right click Copy, then paste to new folder.


  2. Dermo
    January 17, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    Or you might simply skip the whole big post and use this simple little addon that lets you both copy and paste multiple tabs? No?

  3. John Smith
    August 29, 2017 at 8:32 am

    OK, since you censored my initial comment and allowed only the other, no explanation given, and for the sake of sharing knowledge with others, I am going to post my comment that was censored again, one last time.

    Please not that this is not dismissing effort you put in this article, but I have to ask, why are you reinventing the wheel?

    The process you are describing is hacky and painful. Really not practical if you do that regularly, or if you have multiple browser windows with multiple tabs in each one.

    Install Copy Urls Expert extension for Firefox restart, add the button to the Bookmarks toolbar, customize the format. Done.

    From there, it is just a matter clicking the button., and you will have the URLs for all tabs that you identified selected, formatted and copied to your clipboard. No need for this hacky stuff.

  4. John Smith
    August 29, 2017 at 1:50 am

    Not sure why my previous comment on this article was censored.
    Is offering an alternative to this considered offensive/unacceptable?
    Please explain.

    • Ben Stegner
      August 29, 2017 at 2:25 pm

      I'm not sure why your comment didn't post. I'm not in charge of comments, so it's likely that our auto-spam filter caught it. We're not censoring your thoughts and I apologize that you had this issue -- thank you for commenting!

      With this post we wanted to provide a way to do this without installing any extensions. But I definitely see that the way with the extension you mentioned is more convenient for most users. Thanks for offering an alternative!

      • John Smith
        August 30, 2017 at 10:07 am

        Hi Ben,
        I appreciate the explanation.
        Thank you very much.

  5. John Smith
    August 28, 2017 at 9:52 am

    Too hacky, time consuming and actually painful if you had dozens of tabs already open, and even more painful if you had multiple windows with multiple tabs in each.
    There is a better way.
    Install Copy Urls Expert add on from addons . mozilla . org, restart your browser, Crtl + Shift + to open the add-ons manaer, click Extensions, find Copy Urls Expert add-on, click Preferences, then click the Format tab, make "$title$n$url$n" your Default, save changes, the click General, select your default action from the Toolbar Button Default action drop-down menu, click save.
    Next, Click the three line Customize menu on the right side, select customize, find the Copy Urls Expert button, drag it to the bookmarks toolbar.

    Now every time you'd need to copy all the URLs in the open tabs in the current window or all browser windows, click the Copy Urls Expert or click the drop down triangle next to it to choose another action.
    I am not the author, nor affiliated with him, just one extremley grateful user.