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export/import search engines

Posted: Fri, 11 Aug 2017, 12:53
by Avari
Hello,

I'm switching from FF to PM. I have a Windows computer and a linux one. Yesterday I customized PM for my Windows. Today I installed the linux version. While I was able to import my bookmarks from the win-version, i cant find a way to import the search engines. I created them manually with the "add to search bar"-addon and dont want the waste an hour to do this for my linux-computer too. (using context-search-x a lot, so i have many of them) Is it possible to export/import them vom Win-PM to Linux-PM manually ? (what files or dir ?).

Re: export/import search engines

Posted: Sun, 13 Aug 2017, 15:57
by Avari
I just needed to copy the searchplugins directory from the profile. Everythings works.

Bookmarks and AdBlock / NoScript exports worked well. Sessionstore too

But i had problems with my passwords: key3.db and logins.json copy did not work. But an old version of the "Password Exporter" (1.2.1.1) addon solved it.

Preferences were changed manually.

Re: export/import search engines

Posted: Mon, 14 Aug 2017, 12:11
by back2themoon
Take a look at FEBE as well. Their Pale Moon - Current Status? thread is also worth reading.

Re: export/import search engines

Posted: Tue, 17 Oct 2017, 04:57
by Swicher
Avari wrote:I just needed to copy the searchplugins directory from the profile. Everythings works.

It is worth clarifying that since Firefox 45 the search plugins are stored in search.json (or in search.json.mozlz4) which is not compatible with Pale Moon. If you installed search engines in Firefox 45+, then you can use this extension to export them in XML format.

Re: export/import search engines

Posted: Mon, 20 Nov 2017, 14:14
by firefoxed
@Swicher thanks for the tip.
I installed with Moon Tester Tool because there wasn't a version old enough for a direct install. Once installed, I do not see any hint on the Pale Moon interface of how to use the add-on. Same on the FF side. Would you be willing to share some advice about how to use?

Re: export/import search engines

Posted: Tue, 21 Nov 2017, 03:19
by firefoxed
Okay, finally figured it out. :thumbup:
For those who might be on the same path, here's the process that worked for me.

1. In FF, install
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefo ... rt-import/
2. In FF, go to Tools / Options / Search and scroll to the bottom
3. Click "Export All Search Engines" and save the zip file to your drive
4. On your local machine, navigate to
(Your Pale Moon Profile)\searchplugins
5. Close Pale Moon
6. If you want to replace all the search engines, delete the engines already in that folder
7. In that folder, extract all the xml files from the zip file you downloaded.
8. Restart Pale Moon. Done!