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Backup and Restore Firefox Profile Manually

Steve writes – “How can i backup and restore my Firefox profile and Is it possible to transfer Firefox profile from one system to other system.”

Steve wants to create backup of his own Firefox profile from one system and wants to restore to another system maintaining all his bookmarks, Personal settings, passwords and extensions in his profile. Mozilla Firefox stores all your personal settings, such as bookmarks, passwords and extensions, in a profile folder on your computer, in a location separate from the Firefox Program Files of System Drive. This comes very handy, when you are upgrading/shifting to new system or reinstalling your Operating system, You could simply take the backup of your Firefox profile and restore to the new system or to the new Firefox installation.

Most People believe that taking backup and restore process is a pain and takes lot of time, if not done without using any software. I completely disagree with that, Backing and restoring of Firefox Profiles, involves only coping and pasting of folder.

Backup:

Make Sure you have exited your Firefox Application.

1.) Go to Start => Run => type %APPDATA%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\ and Enter,

“%APPDATA%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\ is the location of Firefox where it saves the profile”.

2.) Copy the profile folder from that location (e.g. xxxxxxxx.default). If incase you are using more than one profiles or renamed your profile then choose appropriate profile to backup.
e.g.  If I have two profile folder named xxxxxxxx.default which is used by my brother and xxxxxxxx.roshan which is used by me, so I would copy xxxxxxxx.roshan folder to backup.

Backup and Restore Firefox Profile Manually

3.) Now, Paste the profile folder into portable drive, flash drive or any medium to keep it safe.

 

 

Restore:

Make sure you have Opened and then exited your Firefox Application at least once, if it’s a newly installed Firefox on the system.

1.) Go to Start => Run => type %APPDATA%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\ and Enter.

2.) If your existing profile folder and backup folder have the same name, then simply replace the existing profile folder with the profile backup, then start Firefox.

If existing profile folder name doesn’t match with the name of backup profile folder, then simply copy the entire content of the backup profile folder (such as the mimeTypes.rdf file, prefs.js file, bookmarkbackups folder, etc) and paste the entire content, replacing and overwriting with existing profile folder content, then start Firefox.

 

If you still find that taking backup and restore of Firefox profile using coping and pasting folder is cumbersome process then I would list some software for all the lazy persons out there which will do the same task for you.

MozBackupMozBackup is a simple utility for creating backups of Mozilla Firefox, Mozilla Thunderbird, Mozilla Sunbird, Flock, SeaMonkey, Mozilla Suite, Spicebird, Songbird and Netscape profiles.

About Kroshan

Roshan Karkera a.k.a. k.roshan. Blogger by passion and software engineer by profession. He believes in sharing knowledge, which made him to start his own blog. He is very much keen & passionate about new technology & Science. If you'd like to connect with him, follow at Google plus or Twitter.
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