FireFox on multiple computers

Is there a single plugin that would let me store an entire FF config/setup online somewhere?

I know that Google’s sync-thing will store the prefs/cookies/history/tabs/bookmarks (not that I really want them having my cookies/history, but hey), but not the plugins.

Is there anything that will let you easily package the plugins/setup so that you don’t have to re-collect everything once you install?

I suppose Firefox portable might be the answer, but I’d rather not have to deal with the USB piece. It’s not that I use so many different computers that I need to jab a USB drive into every one or lose my mind, I just want to be able to not have to worry about if I updated this or installed that on one machine (plus, at home it’d be nice not to have to move a USB drive from computer to computer).

If you’d rather not do it through Google, you can synchronize your bookmarks with the Bookmarks Synchronizer extension, which does it by connecting to an FTP/WebDAV site of your choice and sending/receiving an XML file. Works well. If you don’t have an FTP server, it’s pretty easy to get a simple and secure one going with Filezilla.

I just searched the add-ons list, and I found Firefox Extension Backup Extension, which looks like it’ll do exactly what you need, but I haven’t used it so I can’t give you any guarantees.

It at least looks close. Looks like it might require a pro-active “backup/restore” to update computers (say if I found a new plugin), but at least it looks like it can backup everything.

I’ll have to play with it.

This worked the last time I tried this:

  • Install Firefox on both machines.
  • Install any super-special extensions on both machines that install stuff outside of firefox itself (firefox view comes to mind).
  • Copy C:\Documents and Settings[UserAccount]\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox across to the new machines.
  • If on the new machine the path to Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox is different (drive, useraccount, something else), search through the Firefox directory and update all references.


I have a niggling Firefox complaint. I upgraded to the newest version … ehh, let’s see . . . lately. In the old version if I wanted to close a tab I could do it by clicking a red x on the right hand side. In the new version each tab has it’s own x that you have to close.

I know, cry me a river, but I liked the old way better. I wonder if there is a way to change it back.

There is. I don’t actually remember what it is, but you can change something in about:config, maybe. So maybe that is halfway helpful. The change drove me batty at first, but I’ve gotten used to it, and actually prefer it now.

Go to about:config in the location bar, then find browser.tabs.closebuttons (use the filter at the top to make it easier) and change its value to “3”. I like it better that way too ;-)

I realize you said you didn’t want to deal with it but it’s probably the best solution. You can get a 1GB USB drive for about $20. :)