How to export and import passwords in Mozilla Firefox

Applications, websites, subscription services and the immense list of proposals that require a password to access, make it difficult to remember our credentials for each and every one of them. Password managers are one of the most practical solutions, but we can also have control over them through the browser.

When we want to move from one browser to another, although there are options to synchronize through our email accounts, it can be a good idea to know how to export and import these passwords manually, to have a file of them at hand as a backup or utility that seems appropriate.

How to export passwords in Mozilla Firefox

Unlike Google Chrome, since the latest versions of Firefox (specifically, since 57), it is not possible to export and import passwords natively. However, there is a tool that works on both macOS and Windows that allows us to save passwords in CVS or JSON format quite quickly.

Its name is FF Password Exporter, and we can download it through GitHub. The operation of the program is as simple as running it (we have a portable version or an installable program available as such) and click on the ‘export passwords’ button. It will automatically detect the path of ‘profiles’ of Firefox, the place where passwords are saved.

After finding the path, we can save the resulting file in CSV and JSON formats, the formats used by browsers such as Chrome to make the copy from your own settings.

How to import passwords in Mozilla Firefox

As was the case when exporting, Mozilla does not allow us to import Chrome CSV files directly. However, we can import all our data (bookmarks, history, passwords, etc.) from any browser, so our credentials will not be lost along the way. To do the data transfer, we have only to perform the following steps.

Open the Firefox menu
Open the ‘Catalog’ option
Open the ‘Bookmarks’ option
Go to ‘All bookmarks’
Select ‘Import settings’, and select the browser whose data you want to import

Sometimes, for various reasons, we may wish to block a web page in our Mozilla Firefox browser. So that our children do not access certain content, to avoid temptations regarding websites that we want to banish from our usual browsing or for any other reason.

And can you block a website in Firefox? It can, although we will have to use a complement. One like BlockSite, one of the most popular when it comes to carrying out this task with about 80,000 users.

Block web pages in Mozilla Firefox

In order to block websites in our Firefox installation we will go to the Mozilla website dedicated to browser add-ons, we will search for the BlockSite add-on and install it. Once your access to the navigation data is installed and authorized, a configuration page will open in which to start entering the blocked web pages.

If it does not open, we can access it using the add-on icon that will appear in the upper right part of the window. Click on it and, on the small screen that will be displayed, click on the cogwheel.

Once in it, we will simply write the websites that we want to block in the text bar that we find at the top and press enter. When we try to access it, a window indicates that it is included in the list of blocked pages.

Also, BlockSite allows us to block by default the web pages with adult content, a more interesting option if we lend our computer to minors. On the other hand, we can also activate an option to temporarily unlock the websites using a password or establish a password to block the add-on itself and that no one other than us can carry out modifications.


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