Migrating your Firefox Bookmarks and Thunder Address book & Filters

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How do you migrate your bookmarks, address book and filters after a machine
is upgraded with a different operating system or a new machine is configured ?
These are the bare minimum to get you started and can be done for XP -> Vista
migration using the following steps:

  1. For Firefox bookmarks, I use


    so that makes synchronizing bookmarks really easy.

  2. For Thunderbird

    filter rules, copy msgFilterRules.dat from C:\\Windows.old\\Documents

    and Settings\\Arun\\Application Data\\Thunderbird\\Profiles\\f9f1n842.default\\ImapMail\\

    server name> to C:\\Users\\Arun Gupta\\AppData\\Roaming\\Thunderbird\\Profiles\\il6yju6t.default\\ImapMail\\<mail

    server name>. You can also consider if your mail server supports server-side

    filtering which would take one time effort to configure the filters but then

    would save the effort of copying this file between multiple instances of

    Thunderbird. The directory names f9f1n842.default and

    will be different in your case.

  3. For Thunderbird

    address book, copy abook.mab from C:\\Windows.old\\Documents

    and Settings\\Arun\\Application Data\\Thunderbird\\Profiles\\f9f1n842.default

    to C:\\Users\\Arun Gupta\\AppData\\Roaming\\Thunderbird\\Profiles\\il6yju6t.default.

    The directory names f9f1n842.default and il6yju6t.default

    will be different in your case.

I used these steps for upgrading my laptop from XP to Vista. I wish
Thunderbird can provide similar plug-ins that allow the address book to be
synchronized on multiple machines.

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Comments ( 3 )
  • OdR Monday, April 2, 2007
    I was hoping you would write about "Windows to Solaris migration" :)
  • Arun Gupta Monday, April 2, 2007
    Shouldn't it be just figuring out the appropriate directory on solaris ?
  • Michael DeLoia Wednesday, April 4, 2007
    This is great info. I have tons of message filters locally (I've never made the effort to set them up server-side), so it's helpful to know which file to grab. Same goes for the Address Book. I really like the Foxmarks plug-in. Very cool! Cheers, Mike
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