Quickly and Easily Backup Firefox

One of the suckiest things to have happen to you is to lose all your bookmarks. I have had this happen and it is painstaking to put all those back in. You might be surprised to learn that backing up Firefox is not too hard. There are some manual ways to do it and some automated ways to help. One thing to keep in mind is that manual backups are very hard to sustain. We usually get busy or forget about them.

Manual Backup
Alright, let’s start with my least favorite option – manual backup. Here is the location for the Firefox profile. This is the file that stores all your preferences and all your bookmarks.

C:\Documents and Settings\”user login”\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\”profile name”\

The easiest way to to find your login is to click on the “start” button. At the top of the start menu bar you will see your user login. Folks usually only have one profile, unless they’re a power user.  Simply copy this file to a cd, flash drive, etc.

And now there is a semi-automated backup called MozBackup.  Simply go to the website, download the exe file, and install it.  Sorry, MozBackup is Windows only :^(


Nah, I won’t leave you hanging Mac users.  I’m one myself.  There is a thing called QuickPick.  Go to their website and follow their directions.  One of the great things about this backup is that you can schedule backups.  But that still doesn’t address one aspect of backups – off site backups.  These next solutions do that and go one step further

Bookmark Sync and Sort
One of the things that most people hate is synchronizing bookmarks across locations.  Sure, there is the USB Firefox solution, but it still doesn’t address backing up.  The Bookmark Sync and Sort extension for Firefox is really neat.  I’ll let the author explain:

“Bookmark Sync and Sort is a Mozilla Firefox extension that lets you connect to an FTP/WebDAV server and synchronize your bookmarks that are stored in an XML file. Setup is easy; just write in your FTP/WebDAV server address, username, password and a name for the XML file (by default called xbel.xml). To start, press Upload to create the file on the server and set if you want to automatically download the file on startup or sort and upload it when you close your browser. Based off of DougB’s Bookmark Synchronizer 3 and Torisugari’s Sort Bookmarks.”

Online BookMarkManager Synchronizer

And for probably the easiest, fastest way to backup your bookmarks is this extension.  This hooks into a free online service to backup your bookmarks online.  I haven’t tried this way of doing it and would be interested in hearing from folks who have.