Migrate Firefox profile. Move it to another computer.

Move Forefox profile to another computer’ will be the subject of this tutorial.
We had several requests from users about how to move their Firefox passwords from one to another computer or account.
Honestly there is no easy two-clicks way to migrate the passwords, history, bookmarks, etc on Mozilla Firefox broswer.

The profile is located at:

‘C:\Documents and Settings\%User name%\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles’

We presume that your Windows is installed on C: drive. Also take in mind if you think to copy and paste this raw that ‘%User name%’ should be the username of your Windows login.

‘Application Data’ is a hidden folder so you need to enable this option: Show hidden files and folders – in order to have access and see it.

This can be done as going to:

Start button – > Programs -> Accessories -> Windows Explorer

Once Windows Explorer is opened go to:

Tools -> Folder Options …

Then on the top second tab ‘View’ and check ‘Show hidden files and folders” option.

Migrate Firefox profile. Move it to another computer.

Next step is to go to your Firefox Profite folder.

There you will find profile folder with strange name. As you can see from the image bellow my folder is called ”0lvoi2l0.default”

Migrate Firefox profile. Move it to another computer.

Now you can plug one Memory stick to your computer and just copy this *****.default folder to it.

On the other computer/new installation, go again to the Firefox profile, which should be located to a common location, probably with different windows user name.


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Comments (8)

  1. cs says:

    I have done all that, but when I start firefox none of my bookmarks are there and none of my passwords are there. It still behaves as if it is a new installation.

  2. Anthony Gee Tony Potter says:

    The tricky moments is that you have to rename your old Firefox folder with the same name as the new one and to overwrite it..

  3. Alan says:

    I did remame the old one and copy it into the “Profiles” folder of the new one. It doesn’t work. Not on FF 3.6.8 and Windows 7 anyway.

  4. Tonny says:

    It works for me fine. I tried with the same version. There is an option to select profile and this could be the issue.

  5. Richard says:

    I have Firefox which runs fine. I have tried to find the email data files to move them to a new computer. I’ve followed your instructions but cannot find the folder firefox in the folder Mozilla. That folder only has Extensions and registry.dat.
    Please advise.

  6. Tonny says:

    The folder is under invisible one. You should enable the show hidden files and folders option as it is explained in the tutorial.

  7. Sam says:

    uh.. you are aware that alot of the things in your profile are dependent on certain key ids generated from the old computer account and if just copied will not work including ALL of your addons.

  8. Tony says:

    True, but the add-ons can be updated/reinstalled. I think moving your profile is more like to keep your history/settings/private information.

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