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Where are my saved passwords stored on my Mac hard drive?

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I haven't been able to open firefox for a month. (See: https://support.mozilla.com/en-US/questions/734572 for details.) So after many years, I've had to give up Firefox and move to Safari. However, all of my passwords are stored on Firefox with a master password. Is there any way for me to access that information?

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Did you try a new profile?

Create a new profile as a test to check if your current profile is causing the problems
See Basic Troubleshooting: Make a new profile

There may be extensions and plugins installed by default in a new profile, so check that in "Tools > Add-ons > Extensions & Plugins"

If that new profile works then you can transfer some files from the old profile to that new profile (be careful not to copy corrupted files)
See http://kb.mozillazine.org/Transferring_data_to_a_new_profile_-_Firefox

See also http://kb.mozillazine.org/Browser_will_not_start_up


Your passwords are stored in an encrypted file signons.sqlite in the Firefox Profile Folder.
The encryption key (Master Password) needed to decrypt the passwords is in the file key3.db
You can only decrypt the content by placing the two files key.db and signons.sqlite in a profile folder and use the Firefox Password Manager to show them.

See also http://kb.mozillazine.org/Password_Manager