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Backup and Restore Firefox Configurations and Settings (Profile)

February 6th, 2008

Recently, I installed my web based PHP system in a company. After I setup the server, I went to each PC to install Mozilla Firefox. There are around 8 computers and it will take a while for me to install and reconfigure each of the fresh installed Firefox.

So, I spend some time to check how I can backup all configurations from one machine and move it to all the others. I did not expect it to be so simple.

Backup Firefox Profile

Copy the following file:

C:\Documents and Settings\<user>\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\profile.ini

and the following Firefox profile folder:

C:\Documents and Settings\<user>\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\<random-string>.default

into a pendrive to backup.

Restore Firefox Profile

Go to the second machine, replace the profile.ini file at the exact location. Then, copy the profile folder to the exact location as well.

You can expect all the Firefox settings and configurations are transferred to the second machine!

In case you had renamed the profile folder, make sure you correct profile.ini file so that it points to correct path.

If you would like to read further details, go to: Firefox Help: How to Manage Profiles

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7 Responses

KNizam says:

thanks for the tips. 🙂

frozensmilz says:


You can use FEBE….its a firefox addon for backing up all the settings, plugins …yu name it……yu can backup all the stuff in a desired folder…and copy them to desired destination…then open FEBE using firefox..it will install the addon first…then use the FEBE options to install the rest of the stuff yu collected…..

EngLee says:

Sound interesting, but the FEBE website stated that it does not support Firefox 3.

frozensmilz says:

Try this recovery tool also,
Its also for free….but with recuva yu can actually preview the content of pictures before recovering them….and also has the option to display them as thumbnails…..

EngLee says:

You are replying to the wrong post, my friend. Thanks for your recommendation. But I still hope for stable hard disk! 🙂

frozensmilz says:


FEBE for Firefox 3, searched via google 🙂

EngLee says:

Oh.. it’s out. Nice.