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Saturday, April 14, 2007

Firefox - migrating profiles from Windows to Linux (and back again!)

You can actually move all of your firefox settings to linux by copying your:

c:\Documents and Settings\myuser\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\*.default

folder to your linux box at:

~/.mozilla/firefox

Then start close firefox, then start firefox like this:

firefox -ProfileManager

When the profile window starts up, click on create profile:

Next->Choose Folder...

and browse to the location of the *.default folder which you have copied, then give the profile a name and hit "Finish". You then highlight the new profile, click "Don't ask at startup", and then hit "Start Firefox".

All of your settings should be there now, including add-ons, and search engines.

BTW, this works going from Linux to Windows as well. Just reverse the process :)

NOTES:
1. To see the Application Data folder, you need to change Windows Explorer's options:

Tools->Folder Options...

Choose the View tab, then click on "Show hidden files and folders". Finally, click on "Apply" and "OK". You should now see all of your hidden folders in your user's "home" directory.

2. *.default - * is just a meta-character to match whatever mozilla named your folder. They are random strings, similar to "cjdphc6b.default". Just choose the folder which you would prefer to use.

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