Import from firefox does nothing

  • Re: Importing Bookmarks from Firefox

    vivaldi data:

    Vivaldi	2.6.1566.44 (Stable channel) (32-bit)
    Revision	b104196d10e5b12a2690fe28e511909c2f4dcf4b
    OS	Windows 10 OS Version 1809 (Build 17763.503)
    JavaScript	V8
    Flash	(Disabled)
    User Agent	Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; WOW64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/75.0.3770.102 Safari/537.36 Vivaldi/2.6.1566.44
    Command Line	"C:\Users\crist\Desktop\Vivaldi\Application\vivaldi.exe" --vivaldi-standalone --flag-switches-begin --flag-switches-end --save-page-as-mhtml
    Executable Path	C:\Users\crist\Desktop\Vivaldi\Application\vivaldi.exe
    Profile Path	C:\Users\crist\Desktop\Vivaldi\User Data\Default

    I am using firefox 67 and have probably more than 1000 bookmarks in the bookmarks toolbar, and a ton of passwords, but when importing with vivaldi, only some dummy firefox bookmarks are created, but none of my toolbar ones.

    There's also no history imported.

    I have tried to import with ff open, with ff closed, and i've also restarted vivaldi but still no dice.

    Having the bookmarks, history and passwords is the minimum i need in order to properly test if me and vivaldi are fit for one another.

    Could anyone help me please?

  • It seems the issue is because the firefox profile that vivaldi "found" is wrong:

    Vivaldi (wrong -- doesn't exist on disk):

    It appears that i cannot change the "automatically detected path" in the import window, and vivaldi is not detecting the other correct profile.

  • Moderator

    Topic moved out of the Mac Forum.

  • Moderator

    @TheBestPessimist Hi, and welcome to the Vivaldi Community! I've asked about this internally. I don't support Vivaldi on Windows but it looks like it may be the same issue as a reported bug that got closed as "Cannot Reproduce."

  • @xyzzy said in Import from firefox does nothing:

    the same issue as a reported bug that got closed as "Cannot Reproduce."

    Well, i for one can totally reproduce it :(.

    If it helps, i remember that firefox gave me a choice sometime ago to use "independent of browser version (beta, alpha, stable, dev)" user profiles, and i've accepted that, so maybe this ff feature is breaking something in the "profile detector".

  • This is my Firefox Profile Path: AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\5vo7ujvh.default

    Vivaldi imports the bookmarks without any obvious problem.

    I suggest reinstalling Firefox.

  • @Pesala said in Import from firefox does nothing:

    Vivaldi imports the bookmarks without any obvious problem.

    The bug is that vivaldi did not find the correct profile path. See explanation here:

  • @TheBestPessimist That is why I suggested reinstalling Firefox. Obviously, it found mine OK.

  • Seems like Firefox is a moving target and changes the name of the folder. I have a absolut default install and now my profile path is

    ... but I assume that the Vivaldi devs read out the profile.ini and the correct relative path is noted there...

  • Moderator

    I can confirm this.
    With 2.6 Stable and 2.7 Snapshot i can not import from Firefox 68.

    Firefox 68 changed something with profiles and Vivaldi detects incorrect path.
    I will report in bugtracker and Vivaldi devs.

  • Moderator

    Bug is reported
    VB-55345 "Can not import from Firefox 68"

    I pinged in internal team chat to look for a fix.

  • @Gwen-Dragon said in Import from firefox does nothing:

    Bug is reported

    Thank you very much 🙂

  • @TheBestPessimist I still cannot reproduce it. I just imported successfully all data to the latest stable, snapshot and the internal build via the Welcome Page.
    (V-Menu > Help > Welcome Page)

    • Is it a standard install of Firefox?
    • Do you import with the importer in the bookmarks manager or via the Welcome Page?

    Would you mind copying the contents of the the profiles.ini file from %appdata%\Mozilla\Firefox here?

  • Here it is:


    It seems that i did have a profile m2otbpq8.default, and it also is Default=1, however there is no such folder on the disk, and firefox (at least currently) uses Path=Profiles/j4ngba4s.default-release.

    Could it be that i used the old profile up until that "different profiles" message, when it was "upgraded" to the new one?

    One thing which could be doable is detect all the profiles, and let the user choose (eg. in case the "default" profile gives me nothing, then i can select the "default-release" profile which gives me all my bookmarks and history, etc.)

  • Moderator

    @TheBestPessimist said in Import from firefox does nothing:

    Could it be that i used the old profile up until that "different profiles" message, when it was "upgraded" to the new one?

    No, these to profiles appear with a clean install of Firefox 68, too.
    Mozilla changed profiles.ini, but i don't know why these changes was made.

  • @TheBestPessimist
    OK, we can try the following:

    • Close Firefox,

    • Go to the profile folder make a backup-copy of the profiles.ini to another place where you can find it again. To be 100% on the save side you can of course make a backup of the whole %appdata%\Mozilla\Firefox folder.

    • Open the profiles.ini with an editor, e.g. notepad (not an word processor like Word!)

    • Replace the content with the following

    • Save it (Don't open Firefox! I don't know enough of Firefox to be 100% sure that it works. An initial test with my Firefox install worked, but YMMV)
    • Try importing to Vivaldi again. Does it work?
    • replace the profiles.ini with the backup copy
      (If you have backuped the whole folder, you might want to experiment with the original and look if it starts with the changed profiles.ini and if it still contains all data. DO SO AT YOU OWN RISK! In doubt you should be able to use the backup if it doesn't work out as expected ... )

  • btw, i have already imported all my firefox data in vivaldi, by just creating the folder that vivaldi expected (m2otbpq8.default), and copying the contents of the "correct" folder (j4ngba4s.default-release)

  • @TheBestPessimist That was of course an option too 😃

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