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What are XBEL files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening an XBEL file or are you simply curious about its contents? We're here to explain the properties of these files and provide you with software that can open or handle your XBEL files.

What is an XBEL file?

An .XBEL file is an XML Bookmark Exchange Language file.

XBEL is an acronym for XML Bookmark Exchange Language. This "language" is an Internet bookmark exchange file format and a standard format for sharing Internet URLs.

SIG created this XML Bookmark Exchange Language for XML processing in Python. At the time of its development, Python was relatively new and the XBEL file format was meant to show what the language could do.

The XBEL files are used to describe a user's Internet bookmark information for a wide range of Internet browsers.

The Midori, Arora, Galeon, and Konqueror Internet browsers all use the XBEL file format when storing a user's Internet bookmarks.

How to open XBEL files

Important: Different programs may use files with the XBEL file extension for different purposes, so unless you are sure which format your XBEL file is, you may need to try a few different programs.

We have not yet verified any programs for Windows that work with this specific file format. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below. Thanks!

Last updated: December 4, 2010

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