Backup of Search Engines

Is there a way to manually back up my list of search engines, especially my “Other search engines?” This would be great to have as part of syncing!

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Syncing search engines across devices is just as important as syncing extensions as outlined in this post.

I had two instances of Brave on my machine, one for personal, and one for work. Therefore, when getting a new computer re-installing all of the extensions and re-configuring all of the custom search engines has been a lot of extra work.

Yes, this is possible.

  1. Close Chrome and Brave.

  2. Find the Web Data file in your Chrome profile. "%USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Web Data"
    (file with no extension).

  3. Open it in the https://sqlitebrowser.org/dl/

  4. Find the Table “keywords” and EXPORT it as CSV (default settings).

  5. COPY the Brave DB file as a backup somewhere safe
    and then open the Brave Database
    "%USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\BraveSoftware\Brave-Browser\User Data\Default\Web Data"

  6. Go to the table “keywords”. Go to the content view and remove all rows (Ctrl+A, “delete row”).

  7. Go to FILE > IMPORT. Select the CSV file you exported on the step 3. Import it, saying you want to add the rows to the EXISTING table KEYWORDS.
    TICK THE CHECKBOX “first row - column names”.

  8. Press the button “Write changes”. Done.

If something went wrong use the backup and try the steps again.