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How to Find Your Chrome Profile Folder on Windows, Mac, and Linux

Your Chrome profile stores your browser settings, bookmarks, extensions, apps, and saved passwords. Your profile is stored in a separate folder on your computer, so if anything goes wrong with Chrome, your information is saved.

If you ever run into any problems with Chrome, trying a fresh profile can help you troubleshoot. Some tweaks may also require you to manually locate and edit your Chrome profile, so it’s handy to know where it is.

Lead image chrome profile folder
Lead image chrome profile folder

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The location for Chrome’s default profile folder differs depending on your platform. The locations are:

  • Windows 7, 8.1, and 10: C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default
  • Mac OS X El Capitan: Users/<username>/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/Default
  • Linux: /home/<username>/.config/google-chrome/default

Just replace <username> with the name of your user folder. The default profile folder is simply named Default (or default in Linux). However, if you’ve created additional profiles, their folder names are not as obvious. The name you assigned to the profile when you created it displays on a name button on the right side of the title bar on the Chrome window. Unfortunately, the name Chrome uses on the associated profile folder is a generic, numbered name like “Profile 3”.

Name button
Name button

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If you need to edit one of your other profiles, you can figure out its folder name quite simply. Each time you switch profiles, a new Chrome window opens using that profile. In the Chrome window showing the profile on the name button that you want to find, enter chrome://version in the address bar and press Enter.

Typing chrome version
Typing chrome version

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The “Profile Path” shows the location of the current profile. For example, the location of my “Work” profile in Windows 10 is actually C:\Users\Lori\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Profile 3 . You can select the path and copy it and paste it into File Explorer in Windows, the Finder on OS X, or into a file manager like Nautilus in Linux to access that folder.

To back up your profile(s), copy the Default profile folder and any numbered Profile folders in the UserData folder on Windows, the Chrome folder on Mac OS X El Capitan, or the google-chrome folder in Linux to an external hard drive or a cloud service. You can completely reset Google Chrome by deleting (or renaming or moving) the data (User Data, Chrome, or google-chrome) folder. The next time you start Chrome, a new data folder will be created with a fresh default profile.

If you really want to get your hands dirty, you can set up multiple profiles with different browser settings, bookmarks, extensions, apps, and saved passwords. This is useful if you want to test things like extensions, or troubleshoot problems in Chrome without messing up your main profile. You could even have different profiles for different users, or different situations like “Work” and “Personal”.

Profile path for work profile
Profile path for work profile

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How to change the profile:

vivaldi.exe –profile-directory” offers similar functionality in Chromium. We have no UI in Vivaldi for this yet.




Source: Profile in Yandex

Profile folders:


Profile to Firefox Portable


This is the location of the Firefox Portable Profile.

The Profile contains

  • Bookmarks
  • Extensions
  • History

Using about:profiles in the address line, set the default profile to the portable folder




old Vivaldi installations:


Existing Classes:



Key Name Action
VivaldiHTM.SZHIYUYPZ7IVQJQGOM5ITACBFU Vivaldi S [C:\prgs\portableApps\Vivaldi] Keep
VivaldiHTM.MJ2JE4UGL25RMYSE65DVTYVUGE Vivaldi s (2nd) Delete
VivaldiHTM.O5XOOLZXZYQO5T5NDCQZONNJSM D:\Vivaldi EliteWin8 Delete
VivaldiHTM.YI2CFVID6Y577SRKKAZFRUDQRU Vivaldi S [D:\Vivaldi EliteWin8]


Registry Folders for cleanup

StartMenuInternet HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Clients\StartMenuInternet
Classes under User HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.htm
for each extension
File Extensions HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\







and File Extensions


  • .htm
  • .html
  • .mht
  • .mhtml
  • .shtml
  • .svg
  • .webp
  • .xht
  • .xhtml



Delete inside


Ksobak.pdf under HKEY_USERS




Step 10: remove the registred applications






delete inside


delete the wrong profile entries

delete entries inside


Profile Choice and Bookmarks

Video link to trello

FireFox Portable Profile Location

Video Link to Trello


  • Show Profile Location
  • Content of Profile (see above)
Profile Choice New Idea

  • Original Idea: D:\sync contains profile
  • New idea: Due to conflicted files inside the profile, use C.\dropbox for each computer and user
  • Solution: Sync of bookmarks and extensions via Firefox login
  • Create same profiles for all with all bookmarks and extensions from Elite install
  • c:\dropbox\FirefoxPortable\Profiles\XXXX same as Firefox install –> Profiles are data –> go to sync
  • Explain to team in short
  • distinguish between user data possibly on Sync vs. Program Data on Dropbox
  • Why are programs not on Sync? Main Reason: Shared folders may create problems –> Use Dropbox with a single user
  • Some Laptops only use dropbox and not sync
  • c\dropbox\portableapps\firefox – profile=d:\sync\profile\firefox


Want to have my profile from installed version

Copy Profile from Installed Version to Portable
Extension Data into Portable

Profile to Firefox Portable
Profile to Firefox Portable

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Run from Multiple Instances

Step1: Install portable Firefox to the desktop temporarily until the modifications to run multiple instances are finished. I have renamed the installed folder “Portable Firefox” solely for the purpose of these instructions. Name the folder whatever works best for you.

Step2: Once that is done, expand the installed folder using Windows Explorer or an equivalent app (Cubic Explorer pictured here) and find the Source folder. Portable Firefox —> Other —> Source.

INI File Path Location
INI File Path Location

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Step3: Inside the Source folder, you will find a file named “FirefoxPortable.ini”. This is the file that needs to be modified in order to run multiple instances. Note: This is also the location for the Readme.txt file that gives detailed descriptions for each of the options in the FirefoxPortable.ini file and where it needs to be placed after being modified.

Step4: Using your favorite text editor (Editra pictured here) to open the file, you can now make the necessary modifications.


INI File Configuration
INI File Configuration

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Step5: The first change to make will be to the “AllowMultipleInstances” option. The default setting is “false” and needs to be changed to “true”. Note: Make certain that “true” is lower-case only…

Step6: The second change concerns the portable apps splash screen and is optional. This is for those who do not want to see the splash screen display on startup. The default setting for “DisableSplashScreen” is “false” and needs to be changed to “true”. Notes: Make certain that “true” is lower-case here as well. This will not affect the Splash! extension if you wish to use it.


INI File Changed Configuration
INI File Changed Configuration

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Step7: Save the changes that have been made to the “FirefoxPortable.ini” file.

Step8: Once that is done, it is time to copy the “FirefoxPortable.ini” file to its new location.

Step9: Paste the “FirefoxPortable.ini” file into your main folder where the “FirefoxPortable.exe” is located (i.e. Portable Firefox).

Step10: Create a shortcut to the “FirefoxPortable.exe” file. Locate your new shortcut wherever is the most convenient for you.

Now you are ready to run your new portable version alongside your regularly installed version of Firefox and modify it with extensions and themes as desired. It will not access the extensions or themes that are associated with your regular install of Firefox.

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