Can i get passwords from mozilla firefox

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June 21, 2011 at 00:06:43
Specs: windowsxp, 3g/1g
Hi i have a friend that has just found out his motherboard has fried and he wanted to know if he could get the passwords for websites he is on from some Mozilla Firefox folder on the hard drive? Is it in the 'profiles' folder? I use linux and i know i can do it but i thought i would ask here if someone can tell me. I am sure he also wants his bookmarks and other stuff too. Thanks!!!

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#1
June 21, 2011 at 00:07:36
He has windowsxp btw and i am not that experienced with windows anymore :0)

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#2
June 21, 2011 at 00:26:52
You can simply copy the whole firefox profile folder.

You can use such folder on another computer or on a newly installed computer. You simply have to copy the folder back to the users profile folder, start firefox with parameter -p, to get the profile manager.
Then create a new firefox profile and give it the location of the folder, where e.g. prefs.js is stored to.

Voila, everything is as it was before.

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#3
June 21, 2011 at 00:32:58
What does -p mean? Isn't it best just to replace the folder on the new computer? Sorry that is what i did in Linux. Just no idea if windows works the same way?

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#4
June 21, 2011 at 01:04:22
The firefox -p will start the profile manager of firefox.
If more than one person will use firefox on a computer, one may what to have his own bookmarks, settings and passwords. Therefore, you can create profiles for several users at the same machine.
You can also choose the location of the profile by yourself and place it, e.g. on another drive and folder.

Simply copying back to folder does not necessarily mean, that firefox will use it on a newly installed computer.
That's because Firefox uses random folder names for the firefox profile folder.
If the old profile folder was named e.g. abc12345, on a new installed computer, firefox may generate a new folder name like def987665, with default bookmarks, settings and password list.
You can copy the contents of the old profile folder to the newly created, but I like my way. In that case, all path information, that may be stored in files like prefs.js a.s.o. are correct.

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#5
June 21, 2011 at 01:30:22
Ummmm ok i am a little confused by the firefox -p. I don't know where/how you do that in windows? Is that a windows command or something? I don't know stuff like that.
As far as i know there is only on person on my friends machine so i will presume so.
Oh ok so windows does something different for profiles than linux does with numbering the profile. N such problem in linux.
So by copying the contents to the new profile folder...do you mean replacing?

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#6
June 21, 2011 at 02:17:36
First, Firefox is acting the same way on windows and linux.
Even on linux, you can run Firefox -p and will get the Firefox Profile Manager.

On Windows, you click on Start / Run, search, navigate to P:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox and doubleclick firefox.exe.
Back to the run line, hit space key one time and type -p then click ok. Now you will get the Firefox Profile Manger.

Same thing in Linux. You can run Firefox from terminal console like
firefox -p

If you simply want to copy the contents of the old profile folder of firefox, and I mean only the contents of the FIREFOX PROFILE FOLDER, yes, you have to replace the files.

But simply give it a try on your linux machine, to figure out, what you get on firefox -p
It doesn't harm.
You will get a window, where you get a list of the already existing profiles.

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#7
June 21, 2011 at 02:46:16
Yeah but i don't know where to run that command? I only know a terminal in linux and nothing in windows..
The funny thing is my friend is choosing to stay with his mac notebook and has installed Firefox on that and was asking if the same thing works with the mac? Ah ok I do know where that run thing is. I run msconfig on new installs of windows all the time. Silly me. I use that because windows loads too much in the systray that is not needed.

Oh i have run firefox in linux with just the word firefox. Nothing more..
Ok i just remember something else. In linux there is something in the firefox browser that askes to import something like th eprofile maybe during the install of firefox....just remembered it....or /and there is something in the menu to import it i think. I vaguely remember it.

Anyway he has chose to use a mac machine so hope it is the same. He might be coming round tonight as i have to take his old files from the old hard drive and then burn them maybe....:0) thanks so much!

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#8
June 21, 2011 at 03:09:03
firefox -p should also run at a MAC.

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#9
June 21, 2011 at 03:40:24
OK thanks hopefully will get this all happening tonight :0)

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#10
June 24, 2011 at 00:53:36
Ok we are looking at the mac but we can't find a terminal and i don't understand the file arraangements in the mac so we are stuck. I tried the import feature in the moxilla browser but it only gave us safraii as an option

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#11
June 24, 2011 at 04:54:04
Import function allows you to import bookmarks from other browsers or bookmarks exported from within firefox as html format.

Anyway, afaik this bookmarks do not include the passwords of websites.

I don't know MAC by myself, but as in windows, you should be able to make changes to an existing firefox link.
If so, simply add the -p parameter and start firefox, to get the Profile Manager.
When done, again change the shortcut link to what it was and start firefox in normal mode.

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#12
June 24, 2011 at 05:04:17
Yes i understand that first part but we got nowhere with the command. we found the terminal but nothing happened or whatever did led us nowhere. Ah well it will have to wait as my friend doesn't live near me. I was hoping to instruct him over the phone but we just don't know that side of macs. We can't even find the *.js file to do anythign with it and we can't find the Mozilla Firefox folder that is made by the mac install of it on the hard drive...so we can't even do a replace of anything We really got nowhere :0(

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#13
June 24, 2011 at 05:18:23
Read this:
http://kb.mozillazine.org/Profile_f...

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June 24, 2011 at 05:20:05
... and this:
http://kb.mozillazine.org/Profile_f...

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#15
June 24, 2011 at 05:42:37
Thanks for that info. I don't understand anything as i haven't got his laptop in front of me. We were not able to understand the most basic things. I have only used macs in a video production studio and audio production. He has no experience at all. Ah well it will be next week sometime now as he is going away somewhere and i have a busy weekend anyway....thanks :0)

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