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itenospa
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Cleaning up Firefox Portable and reimporting Passwords and Bookmark question

Hi everybody,

I'm using Firefox portable since many years now and have been always very happy with it. During all those years, my Profile folder grew to the incredible size of 550MB!! I'm not really sure what's in there so I thought of getting rid of everything by installing a new fresh copy and transferring just my password file and my bookmarks.
Unfortunately doing some search here on this site I just found the suggestion to copy the whole Profile folder in order to transfer settings, but that's exactly what I do not want to do, just passwords and bookarks are ok.

Can anybody please help?

Tim Clark
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To start

https://portableapps.com/node/18740
and
http://kb.mozillazine.org/Transferring_data_to_a_new_profile_-_Firefox#S...

Short version:
Depending on your version of FF the key files are:

signons2(or 3).txt and key3.db for passwords

and

bookmarks.html or places.sqlite for Bookmarks

Tim

Things have got to get better, they can't get worse, or can they?

itenospa
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Hi Tim, your reply helped

Hi Tim,

your reply helped me out a lot last time. Now two more years have passed by and my profile folder has grown again.
As there is the new 7.0 version out, I wanted to use the opportunity to clean up everything once again and do a fresh install.
Unfortunately your guide in the second link seems to be outdated a bit.
My goal is to only import:
1.Bookmarks
2.Passwords
3.Open Browser Tabs
4.eventually even extensions, but they would not be a problem as I can reinstall them easily

I copied the following file from my old profile to the new one:
places.sqlite
formhistory.sqlite
signons.sqlite
webappsstore.sqlite

The result is that my bookmarks are in place but neither my passwords nor my open Browser tabs appear in the fresh install.

Any ideas? Thnks a lot in advance!

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There is an other solution,

There is an other solution, more simple.
With the new "Sync" option on Firefox, with it you can store bookmarks, passwords and settings on a distant server. Just create a profile, upload the datas from your old Firefox Portable(in fact this is automatic) then on a fresh install of Firefox Portable just get your Sync account, and that it.

Hope I'm clear and that help, I'm French ^^

itenospa
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Thanks Ciolouse, i was

Thanks Ciolouse,

i was looking into this kind of solution also. Is Firefox Sync now working properly? I remember many people complaining to loose all their passwords when the service came out initially and still had another name for it (Weave, if I remember correctly).
It would be nice though to know the "manual" procedure also, maybe John T. Haller can help?

barky
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another solution, FEBE

simplest option I know of is chuck baker's firefox backup extension which I've used for a while now http://softwarebychuck.com/febe/febe.html

save whole profile or pick from a list what you want to back up like bookmarks + passwords

itenospa
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Thanks for the suggestion but

Thanks for the suggestion but FEBE doesn't work for me. It does not restore my passwords, don't know why. Everything else gets restored, just the passwords remain empty even though I can see them encrypted in the json file.

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Hello itenospa, Firefox Sync

Hello itenospa,

Firefox Sync work just perfect for me, I have 3 Firefox Portable (one on my home, one on my work and one in my android phone), all are the same with Firefox sync (Weave), bookmarks and passwords, I'd never lose anything.

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