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I wrote a Powershell script to convert my Firefox browser bookmarks into shortcut files on my hard drive. I was getting too large a collection, and saving new bookmarks was finally taking obviously more-than-zero time to process. From now on, I'll just drag shortcuts into folders for easier sorting and searching.

Powershell V3 includes new JSON commands, but they didn't work because my data store was too large. I had to use a 3-line command instead of a 1-line command to do the same thing, so it was an easy workaround. I retained the same directory structure and creation timestamp as in my bookmarks, too. I didn't bother with webpage icons, but the script could be upgraded to handle those too.

# Convert bookmarks from Firefox browser JSON backup to Windows 7 filesystem
# This script works in PowerShell v3.

# configure these variables as needed
$sourcefile = 'p:\www\bookmarks-2013-02-16.json'
$destfolder = 'p:\www\bookmarks\'
$foldertype = 'text/x-moz-place-container' # specific to Mozilla Firefox browser

# unix epoch time is milliseconds since 1970-01-01 00:00:00 GMT
$epoch  = [datetime]'1970-01-01'

# i found that a delay was necessary, otherwise errors cropped up occasionally
$delay = 10 # milliseconds

function CheckNodeType([object]$node, [string]$parent) {
    if ($node.type -eq $foldertype) {
        ProcessDirectory $node $parent
    } else {
        ProcessBookmark $node $parent

function ProcessDirectory([object]$node, [string]$parent) {
    # remove bad characters from directory names
    $fixname = [system.text.regularexpressions.regex]::replace($node.title,"[^1-9a-zA-Z._]","")
    $dir = $parent + $fixname + '\'
    if (-not (test-path $dir)) {
        new-item -name $fixname -path $parent -itemtype 'directory'
        $offset = $node.dateAdded / 1000000
        $time   = [timezone]::CurrentTimeZone.ToLocalTime($epoch.AddSeconds($offset))
        sleep -Milliseconds $delay
        Set-ItemProperty -path $dir -name CreationTime -value $time
    foreach($subnode in $node.children) {
        CheckNodeType $subnode $dir

function ProcessBookmark([object]$node, [string]$parent) {
    # remove bad characters from filenames
    $fixname = [system.text.regularexpressions.regex]::replace($node.title,"[^1-9a-zA-Z. _]","")
    # truncate excessive filename lengths
    if ($fixname.Length -gt 200) {
        $fixname = $fixname.substring(0,200)
    # process the good filename
    $file = $parent + $fixname + '.url'
    if (-not (test-path $file)) {
        $data = "[InternetShortcut]`nURL="+$node.uri
        new-item -name ($fixname + '.url') -path $parent -itemtype 'file' -value $data
        $offset = $node.dateAdded / 1000000
        $time   = [timezone]::CurrentTimeZone.ToLocalTime($epoch.AddSeconds($offset))
        sleep -Milliseconds $delay
        Set-ItemProperty -path $file -name CreationTime -value $time
        Set-ItemProperty -path $file -name LastWriteTime -value $time

# read the JSON-formatted text string from the bookmark backup file
$json  = get-content $sourcefile

# the native ConvertFrom-Json command does not work on very large JSON stores, so use this method instead
[Reflection.Assembly]::LoadWithPartialName("System.Web.Extensions") | out-null
$jsser = New-Object System.Web.Script.Serialization.JavaScriptSerializer
$jsser.MaxJsonLength = $json.Length
$tree  = $jsser.DeserializeObject($json)

# process the object tree
$menu  = $tree.children | where { $_.title -eq 'Bookmarks Menu' }
foreach($node in $menu.children) {

    # ignore management folders
    if (($node.title -ne 'Recently Bookmarked') -and 
        ($node.title -ne 'Recent Tags') -and 
        ($node.title -ne 'JSTOR liberator')) {

        CheckNodeType $node $destfolder

It took several more hours than I expected to get that script working, but it works well.  I like my bookmark folders.  I expect to do some manual work to create a better sorting nomenclature for them.

epoch time to regular time

Date: 2016-11-28 07:40 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] jward6004

I'm trying to create a powershell script to parse a folder path of files that are timestamped with epoch time in their actual filename and would like to look for files between a specified date range so I would like to convert the epoch time stamped file names to regular time and get a list of files matching the specified date range. I see you used a epoch time converter to script your bookmark goal so would you have any incite on how I would accomplish my script?


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