Backup Your Firefox Profile With MozBackup

imageMozilla has just released version 3.6.10 of Firefox to fix a startup bug that affected a small number of users. You may want to consider updating to this latest version. But before you do, consider backing up your existing  Firefox profile.

No doubt, you’ve invested much time and energy in setting up your Firefox bookmarks, extensions, add-ons, and other personal settings that work just for you, and which provide you with an effective, and efficient, browsing experience.

Personally, I have literally hundreds of bookmarks (some going back 7 or 8 years), 20+ add-ons, and additional tweaks that make my version of Firefox unique to me.

I shudder to think what I would need to do to recapture this exact configuration if, for some reason, I lost all the years of work that went into massaging Firefox to meet my exact personal requirements.

Luckily, I don’t have to lose any sleep over this possibility, since I frequently back up all of this critical data with MozBackup, a free tiny utility that all Firefox users should consider adding to their toolbox.

In addition to backing up a Firefox profile, MozBackup will create profile backups for the following applications – Mozilla Thunderbird, Sunbird, Flock, SeaMonkey, Mozilla Suite, Spicebird, Songbird and Netscape.

Lets run through a backup session for Firefox.

Open the application (be sure Firefox is not running) and follow the prompts as indicated in the following screen captures.

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Please note, as shown in the above graphic, I backup to my E: drive, and not to my system drive. You should take the same precaution, and backup to a non-system partition, or a USB drive.

Frankly, after backing up my profile to a non-system partition, I then backup the same profile to a USB key. I will not take the risk of losing years of work through happenstance.

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The backup is now complete – all in a matter of a few minutes.

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Recovery is just as simple. Just start the application (be sure Firefox is not running), and follow the bouncing ball. In just a few moments, your previously backed up critical data will be restored.

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MozBackup is one of the most important tools in my utility toolbox, and I strongly recommend it to all Firefox users.

For a lesson in just how important this application can be, please see  CoolPreviews – You Ruined My Day!

System requirements: Windows 98/ME/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/7

Additional requirements: Mozilla Firefox

Download at: the developers site.

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14 responses to “Backup Your Firefox Profile With MozBackup

  1. I would recommend the FEBE Firefox addon . It can do selective backups, like only settings and bookmarks, and scheduled backups.

    • Hey Benjammin,

      Glad you pointed this out. FEBE is a terrific add-on. Much more sophisticated than MozBackup. But, if I can convince readers to at least backup, I’ll be happy. 🙂

      For those readers who are better than just average users, I’d have to agree with you – FEBE is a better choice.

      BTW, love your site!

      If you’re not familiar with Benjammin’s site, take a run over to Awesome site!!


  2. Mal

    Hey Bill,

    Yep, another great tool I’ve been using for some time now, thanks to your blog. I couldn’t live without it now. Every firefox user should consider giving it a whirl.


    • Hey Mal,

      Not as fully featured as FEBE, as Benjammin points, out but it does the one job it’s designed to do (backup), superbly. It’s saved my butt more than a few times.



  3. laim O' Moulain

    Hi Bill,

    Yes, it’s saved my butt a time or two, as well. Not quite as fast as I liked though. But that’s a small point.


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  5. Dave K

    Hi Bill

    I used to use MozBackup all the time, but suddenly started getting error messages from it. Too long ago to remember why. Anyway, I moved a lot of stuff out of the Firefox environment – LastPass for passwords, Google for Bookmarks and Collections for add-ons. That way I could install Firefox from scratch and not really miss anything.

    All the best.

    Dave K

  6. Grr

    (Tech) Paul had suggested me MozBackup as I requested him for help.

    Did a backup. Quite easy. Once i do a restore I would be able to say how does it works.


  7. Nice Post I also wrote ‘Become Master in Firefox Profiles on Windows & Make Firefox portable without any tools’