SeaMonkey:Reconnect Profile

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Sometimes, most notably after a system crash, SeaMonkey 1.x can't find your user profile anymore and starts up with a completely clean profile — without your bookmarks, without your mail, without your addons, etc.

But fear not, usually your data is still there, you just need to tell SeaMonkey where to look for it! This page will tell you how to do this.

SeaMonkey 1.x

SeaMonkey 1.x still uses the same profile management files introduced by the Mozilla Suite and Netscape a decade ago.

You only need two bits of data to reconnect your profile:

  • Your profile's name.
  • The base path to your profiles directory — but only if you did change it manually when creating the profile!

If you don't know how to locate your current profile, please read this Mozillazine article first.

Now start SeaMonkey and choose "Tools → Switch Profile…" from the main menu. The "SeaMonkey Profile Manager" will pop open, listing all known profiles.

This profile list is stored in a binary file called "registry.dat" (Windows), "appreg" (Unix) or "Application Registry" (Mac OS X); you should have just one instance per user of this file on your machine.

If your profile is listed, just select it in the list and click "Use Profile" — done!

If your profile is not listed, first click "Manage Profiles…", then "Create Profile…" to open the "Create Profile Wizard". Click "Next" to see the actual profile specification page.

Enter your old profile's name as the new profile's name. If you changed the base path to your profiles directory manually, use the "Choose Folder…" subdialog to do so again.

Click "Finish" and SeaMonkey will discover automatically that there is already profile data available at the location you specified. Select the profile from the list and click "Use Profile" — done!

SeaMonkey will start up with the last used profile, as long as you don't tell it differently on the commandline or in your shortcut.

Example: Windows XP
  • Profiles directory: %APPDATA%\Mozilla\Profiles
  • Registry file: %APPDATA%\Mozilla\registry.dat
  • Location of prefs.js in profile XXX: %APPDATA%\Mozilla\Profiles\XXX\randomstring.slt\prefs.js
Example: Linux
  • Profiles directory: ~/.mozilla
  • Registry file: ~/.mozilla/appreg
  • Location of prefs.js in profile XXX: ~/.mozilla/XXX/randomstring.slt/prefs.js

If you find errors or inaccuracies on this page, please mail