Firefox Environment Backup Extension (FEBE) is a Firefox add-on for full or partial backups of its profile. Themes, extensions, bookmarks, history... are the few elements that FEBE is able to preserve in a safe place.Let’s see how the backup of a full profile from A to Z takes place.
Start by downloading FEBE via the following link:
For a smooth operation of the extension, several basic options are to be configured from the first use what we will see tab by tab.
Open the menu Tools, unwind the menu FEBE then click on FEBE Options.
In the section entitled Backup Type, I advise you to check Full profile this will allow us to fully back up your profile. Free to you later to switch to mode Selective for more accurate backup of certain elements.
Do not take into account other options, as the default settings are perfectly functional.
This is where we will define the location of the backup. It may be interesting to indicate a removable media (USB key, flash card, external hard drive) but any folder on your computer will do just as well.
To do this, click on the button Browse... then indicate the location of your choice.
An optional option allows you to create sub-folders based on date and time, which can be useful if you make many backups.
If you wish, you can check Use records indicating date and time then define the European format by selecting the second option.
Very useful, this tab will allow us to automate backups at regular intervals: daily, weekly or monthly.
By default, backups are done at the user’s request. I let you choose between an automatic or manual mode.
Two important features are offered here:
- Clear FEBE Preferences : useful in case you wish to reset the extension;
- Check the extension folder : allows you to determine if your installed extensions/themes are valid. In case of errors, FEBE then proposes to correct them;
I therefore advise you to carry out this verification and correct any problems. This allows us to start on good backup bases.
Box.net is an online backup service offering multiple features — which I would not detail here. If you have an account, you can configure it in FEBE to relocate your profile backups to the Internet.
To use this service, check Use box.net downloads then enter your identifiers in the fields provided for this purpose.
Now that we have defined the main configuration options — indispensable for first use, validate all by clicking on OK.
Backup/restoration of a profile
Go back to the menu of FEBE via the menu Tools then click on Perform backup.
Wait for a few moments and then view the generated report in a new tab.
Your profile is now fully backed up in format FBU at the location initially defined. To restore it, you just have to go to the menu Re-establishing — always under FEBE, then click on Re-establish a profile.
Then specify the file to be restored and FEBE will do the rest!
Find out more
The author of FEBE, Chuck Baker, proposes a second additional extension of FEBE: CLEO. The purpose of this is to compact all your themes and extensions files in the form of a single file XPI.