Tip: Importing Saved Passwords

Note: This article deals with very old versions (3.5 and older) of Firefox. Please see See the article Password Exporter for Firefox 3.6 and newer.

It is possible to import your saved passwords from one profile to another. This is handy if you are running Firefox on another computer or if you have to create a fresh profile when upgrading (or downgrading) Firefox. To do this, you will need to know where your profile folder is located.

From Firefox 2 to Firefox 2:

  • Close Firefox 2
  • In the OLD profile folder locate and copy the files: signons2.txt and key3.db
  • In the NEW profile folder replace (paste) the files from step 2.
  • Start Firefox 2

From Firefox 2 to Firefox 3 (upgrade):

  • Close Firefox 2
  • In the Firefox 2 profile folder locate and copy the files: signons2.txt and key3.db
  • In the Firefox 3 profile folder delete the file signons3.txt
  • Replace (paste) with the files from step 2.
  • Start Firefox 3.  Note: Firefox 3will automatically change signons2.txt to signons3.txt

From Firefox 3 to Firefox 3:

  • Close Firefox 3
  • In the OLD profile folder locate and copy the files: signons3.txt and key3.db
  • In the NEW profile folder replace (paste) with the files from step 2.
  • Start Firefox 3

From a Firefox 3 to Firefox 2 (downgrade):

  • Close Firefox3
  • In the Firefox 3 profile folder locate and copy the files: signons3.txt and key3.db
  • In the Firefox 2 profile folder delete the file: signons2.txt
  • Replace (paste) with the files from step 2.
  • Rename signons3.txt to signons2.txt
  • Start Firefox 2.

From Firefox 2 to Firefox 3.5 (upgrade):

  • Close Firefox 2
  • In the Firefox 2  profile folder locate and copy the files: signons2.txt and key3.db
  • In the Firefox 3.5 profile folder delete the files (note: not all files may be in the folder)
  • signons2.txt
  • signons3.txt
  • keys3.db
  • signons.sqlite
  • Replace (paste) with the files from step 2.
  • Start Firefox 3.5  Note: Firefox 3.5 will automatically generate a new signons.sqlite file

From Firefox 3 to Firefox 3.5 (upgrade):

  • Close Firefox 3
  • In the Firefox 3  profile folder locate and copy the files: signons3.txt and key3.db
  • In the Firefox 3.5 profile folder delete the files (note: not all files may be in the folder)
  • signons2.txt
  • signons3.txt
  • keys3.db
  • signons.sqlite
  • Replace (paste) with the files from step 2.
  • Start Firefox 3.5  Note: Firefox 3.5 will automatically generate a new signons.sqlite file