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I'm going to do a clean install of Windows 7 in my laptop and one of the thing that I really want the way it is is Firefox. I know I can get the addons easily and the bookmarks also, but I also like to export my browsing history, the Awesome Bar database and my about:config customizations.

Is there a way or tool to do that?

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FEBE (Firefox Environment Backup Extension) allows you to quickly and easily backup your Firefox extensions. In fact, it goes beyond just backing up -- It will actually rebuild your extensions individually into installable .xpi files. Now you can easily synchronize your office and home browsers.

FEBE backs up your extensions, themes, bookmarks, preferences, passwords, cookies and just about everything else Firefox offers (it can even backup/restore your entire profile). You can selectively restore only the items you need. For instance, you may just want your bookmarks restored and leave everything else as it was.


  • One click backup from the Toolbar.
  • Schedule automatic backups on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. Can also be configured to backup on Firefox startup and/or shutdown.
  • Save backups in time-stamped folders to easily identify when the backups were created. Specify how many folders you wish to keep and FEBE removes the oldest.
  • Backup reminder. FEBE can alert you if a backup has not been completed in a specified number of days.
  • Comprehensive results report with links to the author’s extension/theme homepages.
  • User-defined backups. Make backups of virtually any file or folder - Firefox related or not. Just specify what to backup and FEBE does the rest.
  • Extensive built-in help files. Just click the little blue information icons in FEBE options.
  • FEBE 6.0 uses native Firefox zip/unzip components. Much, much faster than previous FEBE versions that depended on external, third-party utilities.
  • Upload backups to your account automatically or with a single click.
  • Verify your extension directory. Upgrading Firefox versions sometimes leaves garbage in the extensions directory. FEBE can clean it up.
  • Quick Backup. You can quickly backup as many or as few individual extensions/themes as you like. They can be saved together in a single, installable xpi file (Similar to CLEO).
  • FEBE 6.2 has a new, simpler profile restore interface. No need to use the Firefox Profile Manager to manually create a profile to restore into.

  • … and more!

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The new installation broke every Ubiquity command. – ianix Nov 18 '09 at 20:30
FEBE doesn't work properly on Firefox 3.6 !!! – Mohammad Dayyan Mar 20 '10 at 8:37

Use MozBackup.

MozBackup is a simple utility for creating backups of Mozilla Firefox, Mozilla Thunderbird, Mozilla Sunbird, Flock, SeaMonkey, Mozilla Suite, Spicebird, Songbird and Netscape profiles.

It allows you to backup and restore bookmarks, mail, contacts, history, extensions, cache etc.

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I've been using Mozbackup for a year now and I am very pleased with it so far. – Oq. Mar 15 '10 at 12:27

For an good package, along with the FEBE suggested by Molly,
check the CLEO addon too.

CLEO (Compact Library Extension Organizer) is a Firefox extension that works with FEBE to package any number of extensions/themes into a single, installable .xpi file

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The manual way to do it:

  • Copy your profile files from %AppData%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles

  • Launch firefox with the profile manager: firefox.exe -p

  • Create a new profile and choose the folder where you have copied your profile files

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