How do I transfer my firefox passwords to a newer computer?

Asked by Patrick M on 2015-03-12

My venerable old desktop is now too obsolete to do much. I have a new (to me)tower, and have installed ubuntu 14 on it. I would like to transfer my firefox pass words to the new unit. How do I do this? please give a detailed answer....

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Ubuntu 14 doesn't exist. You have installed either Ubuntu 14.04 (LTS and supported til April 2019) or Ubuntu 14.10 which is supported til July this year.

If you clear out temp files using Firefox you can then make a copy of ~/.mozilla and put it on the new system in the same location. You can do this over LAN or use a removable media like a USB stick or CD. If you then archive this media you now have a "backup" of the data.

If you take regular backups of your data (and you should) I suggest you add this folder to its selection as the data is clearly important to you

eugen (mrgratzie) said : #3

Hi Patrik M. To transfer old firefox passords and all data stored in an old pc follow this:
If you use Linux in the old PC:
 Go to home folder. From the "View" menu drop down and choose "Show Hidden Files".
Then do a search for ".mozilla" (without quote".
Open ".mozilla" folder and navigate to folder "firefox". Open folder "firefox and look for a folder who should look like this: "15wrddouhj.default". In your pc this folder looks a bit different but termination is the same: ".default".
Open the folder and copy all inside on the usb or write on CD and go to the new PC where you want to transfer this data.
Do some thing in second PC but when you are in folder "15wrouhj.default" open it and delete all files inside that folder. Be sure firefox is not running when you do that. After delete all files from that folder paste all files in the files that you already have copyed from the old pc. Close file manager and open Firefox. Voila! Good luck!

eugen (mrgratzie) said : #4

Patrick M. Sorry for my wrong typping at the end of my post:
"""""After delete all files from that folder paste all files in the files that you already have copyed from the old pc."""""""
"PASTE ALL FILES YOU JUST COPYED IN THAT FOLDER" Not "in the files" I hope you understand.
I just drink my coffe.. ( is early morning) :DD

Patrick M (prmillius) said : #5

Thanks I will try it

On Thu, 2015-03-12 at 05:07 +0000, actionparsnip wrote:
> Your question #263541 on firefox-3.0 in Ubuntu changed:
> https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/firefox-3.0/+question/263541
>
> actionparsnip proposed the following answer:
> If you take regular backups of your data (and you should) I suggest you
> add this folder to its selection as the data is clearly important to you
>

Patrick M (prmillius) said : #6

Understood, thank you.

On Thu, 2015-03-12 at 06:41 +0000, eugen wrote:
> Your question #263541 on firefox-3.0 in Ubuntu changed:
> https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/firefox-3.0/+question/263541
>
> eugen posted a new comment:
> Patrick M. Sorry for my wrong typping at the end of my post:
> """""After delete all files from that folder paste all files in the files that you already have copyed from the old pc."""""""
> "PASTE ALL FILES YOU JUST COPYED IN THAT FOLDER" Not "in the files" I hope you understand.
> I just drink my coffe.. ( is early morning) :DD
>

eugen (mrgratzie) said : #7

You welcome Patrick M.

Patrick M (prmillius) said : #8

Thanks, guys! this worked for me!

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