Reinstaling Firefox (but keeping bookmarks etc.)

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  1. macstatic macrumors 6502a

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    Firefox (3.x) has been acting strange for a while, and I'm suspecting corrupted preference files or something like that. How do I reinstall Firefox from scratch, while keeping my bookmarks, passwords etc?
     
  2. zrbecker macrumors member

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  4. macstatic thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks.
    So basically you just back up the following files from your Firefox profile:

    places.sqlite (bookmarks)
    key3.db (key database for passwords)
    signons.sqlite (passwords)
    cookies.sqlite (cookies)

    Remove Firefox along with the profile, download and reinstall a fresh copy of Firefox, then run Firefox for the first time (creating a fresh profile).

    Then it's just a matter of copying the backed up files into the new profile, replacing those already there.
     
  5. -Ryan- macrumors 68000

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    Correct. You could even try *just* deleting your profile and preferences and then restarting Firefox to see if that fixes the problem, without redownloading.
     
  6. macstatic thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, but remembering to rename the existing Firefox folder first so you can always revert.
     

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