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-[[Category:Profiles]]+#REDIRECT [[Profile folder]]
-:''This article applies to the Mozilla Suite, Firefox, Thunderbird and some other Mozilla-based applications.''+
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-The Mozilla Suite, Firefox, and Thunderbird each store a user's personal information such as bookmarks, e-mail, address books, extensions, and user preferences in a unique '''profile'''. The first time you start the Mozilla Suite (or Firefox or Thunderbird), it will automatically create a default profile; additional profiles can be created using the [[Profile Manager]]. +
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-==Where is my profile folder?==+
-By default, profiles are created in the folders listed below. When creating a profile with the [[Profile Manager]], you can choose to place it elsewhere. Note that, by default, profiles are stored in a completely different location than the application [[installation directory]].+
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-===For Windows 2000 and XP users===+
-'''If you cannot find your profile folder''': Windows 2000 and XP sometimes hide the profile folders because "Application Data" is a hidden folder. In Explorer (i.e. double-click My Computer) click: Tools &rarr; Folder Options &rarr; View (tab) &rarr; Show Hidden files and folders.+
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-For those curious, the "<tt>%APPDATA%</tt>" phrase for Windows 2000/XP is an environment variable that automatically updates for login username changes. "Start -> Run -> <tt>%APPDATA%</tt>" will quickly open the Application Data folder.+
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-===Mozilla Suite===+
-{| border="2" cellpadding="4" cellspacing="0" style="margin: 1em 1em 1em 0; background: #fcfcfc; border: 1px #aaa solid; border-collapse: collapse;"+
-! Operating&nbsp;system !! Folder(s)+
-|-+
-| Windows 9x/Me || <tt>C:\Windows\Application Data\Mozilla\Profiles\<Profile name>\********.slt\</tt>+
-|-+
-| Windows 9x/Me, alternate || <tt>C:\Windows\Profiles\<Windows login/user name>\Application Data\Mozilla\Profiles\<Profile name>\********.slt\</tt>+
-|-+
-| Windows NT 4.x || <tt>C:\Winnt\Profiles\<Windows login/user name>\Application Data\Mozilla\Profiles\<Profile name>\********.slt\</tt>+
-|-+
-| Windows 2000/XP || <tt>C:\Documents and Settings\<Windows login/user name>\Application Data\Mozilla\Profiles\<Profile name>\********.slt\<br />+
-%APPDATA%\Mozilla\Profiles\<Profile name>\********.slt\</tt>+
-|-+
-| Unix || <tt>~/.mozilla/<Profile name>/********.slt</tt>+
-|-+
-| Mac OS X || <tt>~/Library/Mozilla/Profiles/<Profile name>/********.slt<br />+
-~/Library/Application Support/Mozilla/Profiles/<Profile name>/********.slt</tt>+
-|}+
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-'''Notice''': Firefox and Thunderbird have default profile folder names of "<tt>********.default</tt>" where "<tt>********</tt>" is eight random letters and numbers.+
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-===Firefox===+
-{| border="2" cellpadding="4" cellspacing="0" style="margin: 1em 1em 1em 0; background: #fcfcfc; border: 1px #aaa solid; border-collapse: collapse;"+
-! Operating&nbsp;system !! Folder(s)+
-|-+
-| Windows 9x/Me || <tt>C:\Windows\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\<Profile name>\</tt>+
-|-+
-| Windows 9x/Me, alternate || <tt>C:\Windows\Profiles\<Windows login/user name>\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\<Profile name>\</tt>+
-|-+
-| Windows NT 4.x || <tt>C:\Winnt\Profiles\<Windows login/user name>\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\<Profile name>\</tt>+
-|-+
-| Windows 2000/XP || <tt>C:\Documents and Settings\<Windows login/user name>\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\<Profile name>\<br />+
-%APPDATA%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\<Profile name>\</tt>+
-|-+
-| Unix || <tt>~/.mozilla/firefox/<Profile name>/</tt>+
-|-+
-| Mac OS X || <tt>~/Library/Mozilla/Firefox/Profiles/<Profile name>/<br />+
-~/Library/Application Support/Firefox/Profiles/<Profile name>/</tt>+
-|}+
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-===Sunbird===+
-Like Firefox above, but replace the directory name "Firefox" with "Sunbird" in the paths.+
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-===Thunderbird===+
-{| border="2" cellpadding="4" cellspacing="0" style="margin: 1em 1em 1em 0; background: #fcfcfc; border: 1px #aaa solid; border-collapse: collapse;"+
-! Operating&nbsp;system !! Folder(s)+
-|-+
-| Windows 9x/Me || <tt>C:\Windows\Application Data\Thunderbird\Profiles\<Profile name>\</tt>+
-|-+
-| Windows 9x/Me, alternate || <tt>C:\Windows\Profiles\<Windows login/user name>\Application Data\Thunderbird\Profiles\<Profile name>\</tt>+
-|-+
-| Windows NT 4.x || <tt>C:\Winnt\Profiles\<Windows login/user name>\Application Data\Thunderbird\Profiles\<Profile name>\</tt>+
-|-+
-| Windows 2000/XP || <tt>C:\Documents and Settings\<Windows login/user name>\Application Data\Thunderbird\Profiles\<Profile name>\<br />+
-%APPDATA%\Thunderbird\Profiles\<Profile name>\</tt>+
-|-+
-| Unix || <tt>~/.thunderbird/<Profile name>/</tt> or possibly <tt>~/.mozilla-thunderbird<Profile name></tt>+
-|-+
-| Mac OS X || <tt>~/Library/Thunderbird/Profiles/<Profile name>/<br /> +
-~/Library/Application Support/Thunderbird/Profiles/<Profile name>/</tt><br />+
-Users/<user name>/Library/Thunderbird/Profiles/<Profile name>/+
-|}+
- +
-==Managing profiles==+
-* You can select a profile to use, create a new profile, and delete or rename an existing profile using [[Profile Manager]]. See the linked article for detailed instructions.+
-* See [[Profile backup]] for instructions on backing up your profile.+
-* If you get a "profile is already in use" message it means that the profile is locked. See [[Profile in use]] for details.+
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-===What do I do if my profile's corrupted?===+
-If your profile is corrupted, [[Profile_Manager#How_do_I_create_a_new_profile.3F|create a new profile]] then [[Migrating settings to a new profile | migrate your settings to the new profile]].+
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-==Files and folders in the profile==+
- +
-Note: it's not recommended to edit these files directly. Instead, use their respective interfaces.+
- +
-===Folders===+
-{| border="2" cellpadding="4" cellspacing="0" style="margin: 1em 1em 1em 0; background: #fcfcfc; border: 1px #aaa solid; border-collapse: collapse;"+
-!Name+
-!Application+
-!Description+
-|-+
-| <tt>bookmarkbackups</tt>+
-| Firefox (starting in 1.5)+
-| Daily rotating backups of your bookmarks.+
-|-+
-| <tt>Cache</tt> +
-| Firefox, Mozilla Suite +
-| Cached Internet files. Folder location changed in Firefox 1.5 [https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=291033]. Use [[About_protocol_links | about:cache]] for information about the cached files and to find the <tt>Cache</tt> folder location.+
-|-+
-|<tt>chrome</tt> +
-| Firefox, Thunderbird, Mozilla Suite+
-| (In Firefox 1.5, Thunderbird 1.5 <tt>chrome</tt> folder is only used for [[userChrome.css]] and [[userContent.css]])+
-|-+
-| <tt>extensions</tt>+
-| Firefox, Thunderbird, Mozilla Suite+
-| Installed extensions+
-|-+
-| <tt>ImapMail</tt>+
-| Mozilla Suite, Thunderbird+
-| Mail from IMAP sources+
-|-+
-| <tt>Mail</tt>+
-| Mozilla Suite, Thunderbird+
-| Mail from POP sources and Local Folders+
-|-+
-| <tt>News</tt>+
-| Mozilla Suite, Thunderbird+
-| News from newsgroups+
-|-+
-| <tt>searchplugins</tt>+
-| Firefox (starting in 1.5)+
-| Contains search engine plugins and their icons for the [[Search Bar]]+
-|}+
- +
-===Files===+
-{| border="2" cellpadding="4" cellspacing="0" style="margin: 1em 1em 1em 0; background: #fcfcfc; border: 1px #aaa solid; border-collapse: collapse;"+
-! Name+
-! Application+
-! Description+
-|-+
-| <tt>.parentlock</tt>+
-| Firefox, Mozilla Suite, Thunderbird (MacOS X)+
-| See <tt>parent.lock</tt>+
-|-+
-| <tt>abook.mab</tt>+
-| Mozilla Suite, Thunderbird+
-| Personal Address Book+
-|- +
-| <tt>bookmarks.bak</tt>+
-| Firefox, Mozilla Suite+
-| Backup of bookmarks.html+
-|- +
-| <tt>bookmarks.html</tt>+
-| Firefox, Mozilla Suite+
-| Bookmarks+
-|-+
-| <tt>bookmarks-''(date)''.html</tt> in <tt>bookmarkbackups</tt>+
-| Firefox (starting in 1.5)+
-| Daily rotating backups of your bookmarks.+
-|-+
-| <tt>cert8.db</tt>+
-| Firefox, Mozilla Suite, Thunderbird+
-| Security certificates+
-|-+
-| <tt>compatibility.ini</tt>+
-| Firefox, Thunderbird+
-| Stores version and path of the application this profile was last used with. When the profile is loaded with an application of a different version/path, the XPCOM components registration process is triggered. This file is automatically generated and can safely be deleted.+
-|-+
-| <tt>components.ini</tt>+
-| Firefox, Thunderbird+
-| Lists extension folders with XPCOM components. Replaced with <tt>extensions.ini</tt> in 1.5.+
-|-+
-| <tt>compreg.dat</tt>+
-| Firefox, Thunderbird+
-| Lists registered XPCOM components. Automatically regenerated whenever XPCOM registration process is triggered.+
-|-+
-| <tt>cookies.txt</tt>+
-| Firefox, Mozilla Suite+
-| [[Cookies]]+
-|-+
-| <tt>defaults.ini</tt>+
-| Firefox, Thunderbird (before 1.5)+
-| Lists extension folders with [[Dev_:_Using_preferences#Where_are_the_default_values_read_from|default pref files]]. Replaced with <tt>extensions.ini</tt> in 1.5.+
-|-+
-| <tt>downloads.rdf</tt>+
-| Firefox, Thunderbird, Mozilla Suite+
-| Download history+
-|-+
-| <tt>extensions.cache</tt>+
-| Firefox, Thunderbird (starting in 1.5)+
-| Lists installed extensions, their IDs, and the folders they are installed to, along with their last-modify time. It is used, for example, to register extensions installed by dropping a folder into one of known install locations. This file is automatically regenerated.+
-|-+
-| <tt>extensions.ini</tt>+
-| Firefox, Thunderbird (starting in 1.5)+
-| Lists folders of installed extensions and themes. The file is automatically generated by <code>nsExtensionManager</code> and is used by low-level code to detect chrome packages and XPCOM components provided by installed addons.+
-|-+
-| <tt>extensions.rdf</tt>+
-| Firefox, Thunderbird+
-| Installed extension information.+
-|-+
-| <tt>extensions-startup.manifest</tt>+
-| Firefox and Thunderbird 1.5 alphas+
-| This file was used in Deer Park alphas and was later [https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=297312#c17 renamed to extensions.cache]+
-|-+
-| <tt>formhistory.dat</tt>+
-| Firefox+
-| Saved form data+
-|-+
-| <tt>key3.db</tt>+
-| Firefox, Mozilla Suite, Thunderbird+
-|+
-|-+
-| <tt>history.dat</tt>+
-| Firefox, Mozilla Suite+
-| Browsing history+
-|-+
-| <tt>history.mab</tt>+
-| Mozilla Suite, Thunderbird+
-| Collected Addresses+
-|-+
-| <tt>hostperm.1</tt>+
-| Firefox, Mozilla Suite+
-| Per-site preferences for allowing [[cookies]] and popups.+
-|-+
-| <tt>localstore.rdf</tt>+
-| Firefox, Thunderbird, Mozilla Suite+
-| Toolbar and window positioning/sizing settings+
-|-+
-| <tt>lock</tt> (Linux)+
-| Firefox, Mozilla Suite, Thunderbird+
-| See <tt>parent.lock</tt>+
-|-+
-| <tt>mimeTypes.rdf</tt>+
-| Firefox, Mozilla Suite, Thunderbird+
-| Action to perform when downloading certain types of files+
-|-+
-| <tt>msgFilterRules.dat</tt> in <tt>ImapMail</tt>, <tt>Mail</tt>, <tt>News</tt>+
-| Mozilla Suite, Thunderbird+
-| [[Filters (Thunderbird)|Message filters]]+
-|-+
-| <tt>panacea.dat</tt>+
-| Thunderbird, Mozilla Suite+
-|+
-|-+
-| <tt>parent.lock</tt>+
-| Firefox, Mozilla Suite, Thunderbird (Windows)+
-| Marker showing that the current [[profile in use | profile is in use]]+
-|-+
-| <tt>popstate.dat</tt> in Mail+
-| Mozilla Suite, Thunderbird+
-| Keeps track of which messages have been downloaded from the server+
-|-+
-| <tt>prefs.js</tt>+
-| Firefox, Mozilla Suite, Thunderbird+
-| All preferences. See: [[about:config]]+
-|-+
-| <tt>search.rdf</tt>+
-| Firefox+
-|+
-|-+
-| <tt>secmod.db</tt>+
-| Firefox, Thunderbird, Mozilla Suite+
-|+
-|-+
-| <tt>signons.txt</tt>+
-| Firefox+
-| Encrypted saved passwords, requires <tt>key3.db</tt> to work+
-|-+
-| <tt>training.dat</tt>+
-| Mozilla Suite, Thunderbird+
-| Custom training for [[Junk Mail Controls]]+
-|-+
-| <tt>[[user.js]] (does not exist by default)</tt>+
-| Firefox, Mozilla Suite, Thunderbird+
-| User-set overriding preferences+
-|-+
-| <tt>[[userChrome.css]]</tt> in <tt>chrome</tt> (does not exist by default)+
-| Firefox, Mozilla Suite, Thunderbird+
-| User-set CSS to change the way the application looks+
-|-+
-| <tt>[[userContent.css]]</tt> in <tt>chrome</tt> (does not exist by default)+
-| Firefox, Mozilla Suite, Thunderbird+
-| User-set CSS to change the way webpages look+
-|-+
-| <tt>virtualfolders.dat</tt>+
-| Thunderbird+
-| [[Saved Search]] folder settings+
-|-+
-| <tt>xpti.dat</tt>+
-| Firefox, Thunderbird+
-| Lists registered XPCOM interfaces. Automatically regenerated whenever XPCOM registration process is triggered.+
-|-+
-| <tt>xul.mfasl</tt>+
-| Firefox, Mozilla Suite, Thunderbird (Linux)+
-| See <tt>XUL.mfl</tt>+
-|-+
-| <tt>XUL.mfl</tt>+
-| Firefox, Mozilla Suite, Thunderbird (Windows) +
-| Cached user interface data (file location changed in Firefox 1.5, Thunderbird 1.5 [https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=291033])+
-|-+
-| <tt>XUL FastLoad File</tt>+
-| Firefox, Mozilla Suite, Thunderbird (MacOS X)+
-| See <tt>XUL.mfl</tt>+
-|}+
- +
-===Files without specific names===+
-{| border="2" cellpadding="4" cellspacing="0" style="margin: 1em 1em 1em 0; background: #fcfcfc; border: 1px #aaa solid; border-collapse: collapse;"+
-! Name+
-! Application+
-! Description+
-|-+
-| <tt>''(number)''.s</tt>+
-| Mozilla Suite, Thunderbird+
-| Password data. The "(number).s" value is referenced in the [[about:config]] preference "signon.SignonFileName" preference+
-|-+
-| <tt>''(number)''.w</tt>+
-| Mozilla Suite+
-| Saved form data+
-|-+
-| <tt>*.</tt> in <tt>ImapMail</tt>, <tt>Mail</tt>, and <tt>News</tt>+
-| Mozilla Suite, Thunderbird+
-| Mail messages+
-|-+
-| <tt>*.mab</tt> other than <tt>abook.mab</tt> and <tt>history.mab</tt>+
-| Mozilla Suite, Thunderbird+
-| User-created address books+
-|-+
-| <tt>*.msf</tt> in <tt>ImapMail</tt>, <tt>Mail</tt>, and <tt>News</tt>+
-| Mozilla Suite, Thunderbird+
-| Index files for mail messages+
-|-+
-| <tt>*.src</tt> in <tt>searchplugins</tt>+
-| Firefox+
-| [[Uninstall search plugins|Search engine plugins]] for the [[Search Bar]]+
-|}+
- +
-===Files outside of the profile folder===+
-{| border="2" cellpadding="4" cellspacing="0" style="margin: 1em 1em 1em 0; background: #fcfcfc; border: 1px #aaa solid; border-collapse: collapse;"+
-! Name+
-! Application+
-! Description+
-|-+
-| <tt>pluginreg.dat</tt>+
-| Firefox, Mozilla Suite, Thunderbird+
-| Registration of plugin mimetypes+
-|-+
-| <tt>profiles.ini</tt>+
-| Firefox, Thunderbird+
-| Keeps track of where your profiles are located+
-|-+
-| <tt>registry.dat</tt>+
-| Firefox, Mozilla Suite, Thunderbird +
-| Keeps track of where your profiles are located in Mozilla Suite and older versions of Firefox and Thunderbird +
-|}+
- +
-==See also==+
-* [[Migrating settings to a new profile]]+
-* [[Profile backup]]+
-* [[Profile Manager]]+
-* [[Roaming profile]]+
-* [[Profile in use]]+
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-==External links==+
-* [http://www.mozilla.org/start/1.5/faq/profile.html Mozilla Suite Profile FAQ] +
-* [http://www.mozilla.org/support/firefox/profile Firefox Help: How To Manage Profiles]+
-* [http://www.mozilla.org/support/thunderbird/profile Thunderbird Help: How To Manage Profiles]+

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  1. REDIRECT Profile folder