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3. Installation > 25. Migrate Firefox Profiles

Migrate Firefox Profiles

Move user data between separate Firefox installations or between separate versions.

Welcome to complexity. Every piece of software has an Achilles heel, and Firefox’s is the tangle of issues that surround its user profiles. Moving profiles is tricky, and you have to be careful. Fortunately, it’s a well-established problem and all that’s required is excessive care. There are plans afoot to simplify all of this in a future, minor version. But for now, moving complete Firefox profiles is difficult for numerous reasons:

  • Use of absolute pathnames in some configuration files causes problems.

  • Some pathnames aren’t portable across Windows, Unix, and Macintosh.


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