Written on December 7th, 2008
I formatted my workstation the other day and needed a way to transfer all of my Firefox bookmarks and settings. I stumbled upon a very simple and quick method through copying the Application Data folder. Interestingly enough, this method also has the welcome side-effect of transferring all of your add-ons as well; so things like DownThemAll and Firebug will all stay intact.
The folder you need to copy is: C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox (in my case C:\Documents and Settings\Nathan\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox).
The Application Data folder may be hidden on your system. To enable hidden system files do the following:
- From the explorer window, go to the “Tools” menu.
- Select “Folder Options…”
- Select the “View” tab.
- In the “Advanced Settings” area, enable “Show hidden files and folders”.
- Hit the Ok button.
The previously hidden Application Data folder should now be accessible.
Once you have this folder backed up, you can paste it into a Firefox Application Data folder on another system and have your entire user profile and customizations fully restored.
Note: This method has only been tested with Firefox 3 under Windows XP.Posted in Firefox, How To Guide, Open Source