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I cannot find my Profiles folder

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I had to erase my hard drive and reinstall everything. I want to restore my Firefox bookmarks and everything I have found says I need to restore my Profiles folder but I cannot find that folder anywhere. It is not in the Mozilla folders, all that is there is a folder called Extensions. How do I restore my bookmarks if there is no Profiles folders?

I had to erase my hard drive and reinstall everything. I want to restore my Firefox bookmarks and everything I have found says I need to restore my Profiles folder but I cannot find that folder anywhere. It is not in the Mozilla folders, all that is there is a folder called Extensions. How do I restore my bookmarks if there is no Profiles folders?
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JohannHan
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I suppose you made regular backups.

Restore the backup and your bookmarks are back in Firefox.

I suppose you made regular backups. Restore the backup and your bookmarks are back in Firefox.
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the-edmeister
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Please see this support article: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/profiles-where-firefox-stores-user-data#w_how-do-i-find-my-profile
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cor-el
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Do you still have a Time Machine backup ?

If you didn't backup any of your personal data then I'm afraid that your previous personal data is lost. For future prevention:

Do you still have a Time Machine backup ? If you didn't backup any of your personal data then I'm afraid that your previous personal data is lost. For future prevention: *https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/back-and-restore-information-firefox-profiles
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I have a Time Machine backup as well as two cloned backups. I restored Firefox from the Time Machine backup but that did not restore the bookmarks. I have looked in all the suggested locations, in the Mozilla folder in Application Support as well as in the Caches folder. There is no profiles folder to be found.

I have a Time Machine backup as well as two cloned backups. I restored Firefox from the Time Machine backup but that did not restore the bookmarks. I have looked in all the suggested locations, in the Mozilla folder in Application Support as well as in the Caches folder. There is no profiles folder to be found.
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jscher2000
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Hi mark.castleman, your Firefox data is stored in a hidden Application Support folder in your Library. The article linked by the-edmeister describes how to view that in Finder. I'm not sure what trick to use for viewing a hidden folder in your backup, but there may be generic Apple help available for that.

Hi mark.castleman, your Firefox data is stored in a hidden Application Support folder in your Library. The article linked by the-edmeister describes how to view that in Finder. I'm not sure what trick to use for viewing a hidden folder in your backup, but there may be generic Apple help available for that.
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jscher2000 said

Hi mark.castleman, your Firefox data is stored in a hidden Application Support folder in your Library. The article linked by the-edmeister describes how to view that in Finder. I'm not sure what trick to use for viewing a hidden folder in your backup, but there may be generic Apple help available for that.

I have looked into the Application Support folder and there is no profile folder present. I am at a loss where else it might be.

''jscher2000 [[#answer-1246222|said]]'' <blockquote> Hi mark.castleman, your Firefox data is stored in a hidden Application Support folder in your Library. The article linked by the-edmeister describes how to view that in Finder. I'm not sure what trick to use for viewing a hidden folder in your backup, but there may be generic Apple help available for that. </blockquote> I have looked into the Application Support folder and there is no profile folder present. I am at a loss where else it might be.
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cor-el
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Note that you need to look in the Library folder in your home directory

  • ~/Library/Application Support/Firefox/Profiles/
  • /Users/<user>/Library/Application Support/Firefox/Profiles/
Note that you need to look in the Library folder in your home directory *~/Library/Application Support/Firefox/Profiles/ */Users/&lt;user&gt;/Library/Application Support/Firefox/Profiles/
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jscher2000
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Hi mark.castleman, where does the trail end?

~/Library/Application Support/Firefox/Profiles/individual.folders

I don't have a Mac any more, but I'm attaching a screen capture from around the time of Firefox 57-58 showing my profile folder in Finder, in case it's useful.

Hi mark.castleman, where does the trail end? ~/Library/Application Support/Firefox/Profiles/''individual.folders'' I don't have a Mac any more, but I'm attaching a screen capture from around the time of Firefox 57-58 showing my profile folder in Finder, in case it's useful.
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Hi mark.castleman, where does the trail end? ~/Library/Application Support/Firefox/Profiles/individual.folders I don't have a Mac any more, but I'm attaching a screen capture from around the time of Firefox 57-58 showing my profile folder in Finder, in case it's useful.

I have looked I both my user library and my system library. In the Application Support folder the only thing there is a folder labeled "Extensions" but no Profiles folder.

''jscher2000 [[#answer-1246283|said]]'' <blockquote> Hi mark.castleman, where does the trail end? ~/Library/Application Support/Firefox/Profiles/''individual.folders'' I don't have a Mac any more, but I'm attaching a screen capture from around the time of Firefox 57-58 showing my profile folder in Finder, in case it's useful. </blockquote> I have looked I both my user library and my system library. In the Application Support folder the only thing there is a folder labeled "Extensions" but no Profiles folder.
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jscher2000
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mark.castleman said I have looked I both my user library and my system library. In the Application Support folder the only thing there is a folder labeled "Extensions" but no Profiles folder. </blockquote>

Hmm, that's strange. In my screenshot, the Firefox folder doesn't have an Extensions subfolder at all. It has 3 subfolders -- Crash Reports, Pending Pings, and Profiles -- and the profiles.ini file (in Firefox 67+ you could also expect to find an installs.ini file).

Well, if your Time Machine backup doesn't contain your old profile, I don't know of any other place to find it.

''mark.castleman [[#answer-1246501|said]]'' I have looked I both my user library and my system library. In the Application Support folder the only thing there is a folder labeled "Extensions" but no Profiles folder. </blockquote> Hmm, that's strange. In my screenshot, the '''Firefox''' folder doesn't have an Extensions subfolder at all. It has 3 subfolders -- Crash Reports, Pending Pings, and Profiles -- and the profiles.ini file (in Firefox 67+ you could also expect to find an installs.ini file). Well, if your Time Machine backup doesn't contain your old profile, I don't know of any other place to find it.
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