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Search engines not getting deleted in firefox

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Hi,

I want to delete all search engines in one click search engines and keep only wikipedia. Is there a way to do from autoconfig.js and firefox.cfg

version: Mozilla Firefox 45.5.1

TIA

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Is this really about Firefox 45esr?

You can't delete builtin search engines as those are stored in one of the omni.ja archives.

  • [67 and older]: resource://search-plugins/
  • [68 and newer]: resource://search-extensions/

The list.json file specifies what search engine are enabled for a specific region.

You can try this code in autoconfig.cfg for Firefox 45esr

clearPref("app.update.lastUpdateTime.search-engine-update-timer");
defaultPref("browser.search.geoSpecificDefaults", true);
defaultPref("browser.search.geoip.url", 'data:application/json,{"country_code": "US"}');
defaultPref("browser.search.geoSpecificDefaults.url", 'data:application/json,{"interval": 315360000, "settings": {"searchDefault": "Wikipedia (en)", "visibleDefaultEngines":["wikipedia"]}}');
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You need to delete search.json.mozlz4 in the profile folder to generate a new file with only this search engine.

Note that in Firefox 60 ESR and 68 ESR you can do this via policies.json (this is a ESR only policy).

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Chosen Solution

Is this really about Firefox 45esr?

You can't delete builtin search engines as those are stored in one of the omni.ja archives.

  • [67 and older]: resource://search-plugins/
  • [68 and newer]: resource://search-extensions/

The list.json file specifies what search engine are enabled for a specific region.

You can try this code in autoconfig.cfg for Firefox 45esr

clearPref("app.update.lastUpdateTime.search-engine-update-timer");
defaultPref("browser.search.geoSpecificDefaults", true);
defaultPref("browser.search.geoip.url", 'data:application/json,{"country_code": "US"}');
defaultPref("browser.search.geoSpecificDefaults.url", 'data:application/json,{"interval": 315360000, "settings": {"searchDefault": "Wikipedia (en)", "visibleDefaultEngines":["wikipedia"]}}');
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You need to delete search.json.mozlz4 in the profile folder to generate a new file with only this search engine.

Note that in Firefox 60 ESR and 68 ESR you can do this via policies.json (this is a ESR only policy).

Modified by cor-el

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