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Want to copy browsing session between browsers

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I'm wondering if there are any cross-browser extensions that will allow me to copy my browser session (windows and tabs) from Chrome to Firefox or Opera.

There are several extensions that will save your session so you can locally restore it on the same computer/browser. I am looking for something that will save my browsing session such that I can restore it to a different browser.

Anyone know of something like this?

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I don't know of anything like this, my question is what's your use case?
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I don't know of anything like this, my question is what's your use case?
I thought I was pretty clear about my use case. I want to transfer all my open windows/tabs from Chrome to Firefox or Opera.

Is this not as clear as I think it is?
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I thought I was pretty clear about my use case. I want to transfer all my open windows/tabs from Chrome to Firefox or Opera.

Is this not as clear as I think it is?
I thought it was something you wanted to do all the time not one time. Under those conditions I don't see a reason a person would do this often. Typically people have one main browser and maybe have a secondary for various reason on specific sites or activities. I think the main problem is this breaks the sandboxes each browser has.

Sessions are more then tabs too. Sessions include your cookies of pages your logged into and associated data. How many tabs are we talking? You might have better luck bookmarking some and running the setup wizard that many browsers have upon first start to import data from your other browser.

Either way I believe your going to have to login to sites that require it again. If your using a password manager that should be pretty simple.
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it's impossible, each browser saves session data in a different way. And what for to do it?
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I thought it was something you wanted to do all the time not one time. Under those conditions I don't see a reason a person would do this often. Typically people have one main browser and maybe have a secondary for various reason on specific sites or activities. I think the main problem is this breaks the sandboxes each browser has.

Sessions are more then tabs too. Sessions include your cookies of pages your logged into and associated data. How many tabs are we talking? You might have better luck bookmarking some and running the setup wizard that many browsers have upon first start to import data from your other browser.

Either way I believe your going to have to login to sites that require it again. If your using a password manager that should be pretty simple.
Yeah, I know session data is more than just URL's. It's also URL's of the history of each tab, etc. etc.

I just want to open all the currently open tabs in another browser. I could live without having any of the other session data making the leap.

I've got well over 100 tabs open and I'm done with Chrome so I just want to go to another browser and pick up where I left off with my open tabs. You'd think someone would have built an extension for this.
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it's impossible, each browser saves session data in a different way. And what for to do it?
It's not impossible. There are several extensions that save your entire session and even save multiple sessions so that you can revert to any one of them. And the data is saved by the extension in a way that it can read it.

I was just hoping for a cross-browser extension (or some other solution) that might be able to replicate the session in another browser instead of the same browser.

I think I'm just going to have to go through the tedious process of manually opening each tab one at a time.
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Yeah, I know session data is more than just URL's. It's also URL's of the history of each tab, etc. etc.

I just want to open all the currently open tabs in another browser. I could live without having any of the other session data making the leap.

I've got well over 100 tabs open and I'm done with Chrome so I just want to go to another browser and pick up where I left off with my open tabs. You'd think someone would have built an extension for this.

It's not impossible. There are several extensions that save your entire session and even save multiple sessions so that you can revert to any one of them. And the data is saved by the extension in a way that it can read it.

I was just hoping for a cross-browser extension (or some other solution) that might be able to replicate the session in another browser instead of the same browser.

I think I'm just going to have to go through the tedious process of manually opening each tab one at a time.
Chrome is pretty heavy resource user but your not doing yourself any favors by having 100+ tabs no browser will scale well like this. I would suggest making some of those bookmarks to lighten the load and they can be exported/imported into what ever browser you switch to.
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You can bookmark all tabs in a give window to a folder. The Session Buddy extension is worth trying.
Opera is chromium based, so it might be the easiest. Session Buddy should also work with Opera.
Firefox will import your bookmarks fine.

Some of your data from chrome will remain with chrome no matter what you do.

You might want to use something like Pocket rather than opening so many tabs.
The extension the great suspender can also help by unloading tabs that are just sitting there.
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