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Backup all Firefox Addons to Single Installable File

Here's a nice way to move your Firefox addons to a new machine. Pack all of them into a single file and install it to your new Firefox profile in just one step. Kind of a all-in-one Firefox addon installer.

Basically, an addon is just a file with a .xpi extension. You can open and see the contents of a .xpi file in Winzip or other archiving software. When Firefox encounters such a file, it tries to install whatever is present in it.
Wouldn't it be great if all your favourite addons be packed into a single installable .xpi file? Opening such a file will install all the addons present in it.
Lets see how this is done.

1. Install FEBE(Firefox Environment Backup Extension). This is an addon that will be required.
2. Go to Tools >> Quick Backup.

FEBE - Backup Firefox addons to single installable xpia.) Choose a destination directory. This can also be done from Tools >> FEBE Options >> Directory tab.
b.) Tick the Create single xpi checkbox. This opens a textbox where you enter the name for the single xpi file.
c.) Tick all the addons you need in the 'Items to backup' section.
3. Hit Backup Now button.

A new xpi file will be created in the destination directory specified by you. Use it to install all your addons in one shot.
Currently, FEBE only works with Firefox 3. FEBE can also be used to backup a lot more stuff.

posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Tuesday, February 17, 2009