I find I often wrestle with the implementation of bookmarks in Safari. Since I care to have my bookmarks simply and cleanly synchronized by iCloud, I continue to use the (inadequate) bookmark features of Safari. My specific question is: Is there a way to tell if a site is already bookmarked? I have 1000s of bookmarks, organized by folders. It seems pretty straightforward for Safari to know when I hit CMD-D to initiate a bookmark that it already exists in my collection. Am I missing this feature that is already implemented?

  • This is a basic and important feature. It is surprising why Safari does not have it. Commented Feb 21, 2016 at 10:49
  • Both Chrome and Firefox flag if a bookmark already exists. Hope Safari goes this route soon! :)
    – 0827Phil
    Commented Aug 28, 2018 at 1:53
  • I don’t know of a way to do what you’re asking, but it would be a damn-nifty feature.
    – EJ Mak
    Commented Aug 28, 2018 at 6:02
  • It's 2021 now, and the problem is still not solved!
    – ospider
    Commented Nov 25, 2021 at 3:25
  • 10 years later, we are still missing this basic feature.
    – Jules
    Commented Nov 14, 2023 at 2:46

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Safari has a bookmark search function in the top right corner of the bookmark menu window,

Just paste the new bookmark (or type first 3 letters) in to it and it will tell you if it already exist.

It is also useful in finding bookmarks in a very large library.

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    That is one way. But, if you are ready to bookmark a page, you have to at least open a new tab, click copy/paste the prospective bookmark, and see what comes up. It seems like an obvious feature is to have the "Add bookmark..." shortcut (CMD-D) have feedback on existing bookmarks. I suppose what you are really saying is that that feature does not presently exist (either as shipped or with an add-on)?
    – jjwebster
    Commented Jul 29, 2013 at 23:51
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    And dammit, that Safari bookmark search function can't distinguish between Bookmarks and History, which makes it way less useful.
    – Zo219
    Commented Jul 30, 2013 at 20:30
  • @Zo219 Indeed. I wonder if it possible for a Safari extension to implement this sort of feature (ie., add a "flag" to the Add Bookmark... shortcut dialog to indicate if a bookmark already exists).
    – jjwebster
    Commented Jul 31, 2013 at 19:14

Here's a cheeky, long-winded approach with all keyboard shortcuts to copy the URL and search in bookmarks editor:

TLDR: ⌘L then ⌘C then ⌥⌘B then ⌘F then ⌘V

When done, close bookmark editor: ⌥⌘B

I'm wondering if there's a good bookmark manager workflow in Alfred that includes deleting (the stock Alfred bookmark feature will search and open bookmarks).

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