How to backup Firefox settings (email, account, address book, rules, passwords)


How to backup Firefox Settings

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How-to backup all Mozilla Firefox: backup Mozilla Firefox settings, bookmarks, plugins, passwords.


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Utilities for backup Firefox


NikSaver is a program that will help you backup all your settings (like backup Firefox) in case you reinstall the operating system or move them to another computer.


MozBackup is a free utility written by Pavel Cvrcek that will automatically backup Firefox and Thunderbird as well as Netscape and the full Mozilla suite. It works like a charm - the whole process is driven by a Wizard so easy to use that even raw beginners will be able to set up automatic backups. It also offers encryption of the backup files and a complete push-button restore option.

Manual Backup

Backup Firefox is as simple as copying their respective profile folders to another location. If you do that, you’ll have a full backup Firefox with all your setting and personal data saved.

The hard part is finding the profile folders. First up, they are not located where you would expect to find them. Secondly, they are located in different places for different versions of Windows. Thirdly, they may be assigned random file names that make them difficult to recognize.

On Windows 2000/XP machines the locations for your Firefox profiles are respectively:

C:\Documents and Settings\<user name>\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\<Profile name>\

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On Windows 9x/Me PCs they can usually be found at:

C:\Windows\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\<Profile name>\

If you can't locate your profiles then check out this document for more information.

On my XP laptop the profiles are:

C:\Documents and Settings\Ian\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\default.ebq

To backup Firefox copy the profiles to an external USB drive. It's as simple as that. I do it manually but you could also use Windows Scheduler or a backup manager to do the job automatically. Make sure, though, that Firefox is not running before you backup.

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