Firefox: Migrating a Profile
I decided to use Firefox ESR (currently 78) instead of the faster moving Firefox release favoured by Archlinux (currently 81).
Upon first starting Firefox ESR, it does not accept the default profile but creates a new one instead, and I cannot force it to use my old profile with all its bookmarks, addon configurations etc. (with the profile manager).
So, on to some manual work. I have done this before. Soon I find this article which doesn't seem to have changed at all since last time. It does not take into account Extensions and user customisation.
This is how I amended it:
- Create a new profile with the profile manager, but don't start FF. Exit the profile manager.
- Navigate to your
mozilla/firefoxdirectory, identify the profile folder, and rename it to e.g.
- It should contain only one file:
- Open your original/old profile folder and the blueprint side-by-side.
- Copy over the following files (and folders with all their content):
extensions/ handlers.json storage/ key4.db cert9.db permissions.sqlite content-prefs.sqlite places.sqlite extension-preferences.json prefs.js extension-settings.json search.json.mozlz4 extensions.json formhistory.sqlite
The result should look something like this:
- The article also mentions
cookies.sqlitewhich I consciously chose not to copy to the new profile.
- The article further mentions
persdict.datwhich I don't have.
- Additionally, you might want to copy the
user.jsif you have them.
Now, copy (not move) the
<xxxxxxxx.myprofile>-blueprint folder to the original new profile folder name (i.e. remove the -blueprint suffix when copying) and try
starting FF with the newly created profile. That way, if it doesn't work on the first try, you can just discard the messed-up profile and amend your blueprint.
It worked on (almost) the first try for me; I had to enable the installed addons, but their configuration data was there, as well as all bookmarks and other (UI) configuration.