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To test for bugs regarding interactions with other extensions or corrupted profiles, you should do the following. Firefox and Firebug re-install rarely fixes problems because the configuration files are not altered on reinstall. So to clear out the configuration files you need to create a new Firefox profile:
To test for bugs regarding interactions with other extensions or corrupted profiles, you should do the following. Firefox and Firebug re-install rarely fixes problems because the configuration files are not altered on reinstall. So to clear out the configuration files you need to create a new Firefox profile:
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== Linux Way ==
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== How to install Firebug into a clean profile? ==
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=== Linux Way ===
# Exit Firefox
# Exit Firefox
# Get to a command line
# Get to a command line
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# [https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/firebug/ Install Firebug] into this clean profile
# [https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/firebug/ Install Firebug] into this clean profile
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== Windows Way ==
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=== Windows Way ===
# Exit Firefox
# Exit Firefox
# Get to a command line (''Start'' > ''Run...'' > "cmd" <code class="key">Enter</code>)
# Get to a command line (''Start'' > ''Run...'' > "cmd" <code class="key">Enter</code>)
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# Create New Profile
# Create New Profile
# Start Firefox with your new profile
# Start Firefox with your new profile
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# https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/firebug/ Install Firebug] into this clean profile
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# [https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/firebug/ Install Firebug] into this clean profile
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== OS X Way ==
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=== OS X Way ===
# Exit Firefox
# Exit Firefox
# Get to a command line
# Get to a command line
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# Start Firefox with your new profile
# Start Firefox with your new profile
# [https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/firebug/ Install Firebug] into this clean profile
# [https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/firebug/ Install Firebug] into this clean profile
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Read more about this on [http://support.mozilla.com/en-US/kb/Managing+profiles Mozilla Support "Managing Profiles"].
Read more about this on [http://support.mozilla.com/en-US/kb/Managing+profiles Mozilla Support "Managing Profiles"].
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I installed Firebug but I don't see the icon. Where is it?
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== Installation Issues ==
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===I installed Firebug but I don't see the icon. Where is it?===
If you use Firefox 3.6 or earlier you should see the Firebug icon in the status bar. Starting from Firefox 4.0 the Firebug Start Button moved to the toolbar. If it's not visible there, it can be found inside the Customize Toolbar dialog. For more info about this please read [http://www.softwareishard.com/blog/firebug/firebug-start-button-in-firefox-4/ Honza's blog post].
If you use Firefox 3.6 or earlier you should see the Firebug icon in the status bar. Starting from Firefox 4.0 the Firebug Start Button moved to the toolbar. If it's not visible there, it can be found inside the Customize Toolbar dialog. For more info about this please read [http://www.softwareishard.com/blog/firebug/firebug-start-button-in-firefox-4/ Honza's blog post].
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=== I can't install Firebug. What can I do? ===
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Normally Firefox will tell you the reason when an extension couldn't be installed.
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Common reasons are:
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* The Firebug version you wanted to download is not compatible to the Firefox version you use. => Check the [[#To_which_versions_of_Firefox_is_Firebug_compatible.3F|compatibility table]] above.
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* A file couldn't be written. => Restart Firefox and try again.
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* "Invalid file hash (possible download corruption)" => Try a new profile; Re-install Firefox.
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* You get an error message inside Firefox' Error Console like "installLocation has no properties" => Try a new profile; Re-install Firefox.
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=== If you're using Windows, you can try the following: ===
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* With Firefox closed, locate your [http://support.mozilla.com/en-US/kb/Backing+up+your+information#Locate_your_profile_folder profile directory], delete these temporary files, they will be automatically re-created by Firefox:<br/><code>extensions.ini</code><br/><code>extensions.cache</code><br/><code>extensions.rdf</code><br/><code>compreg.dat</code><br/>
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* Disable any Antivirus or Backup program you may have running and then install Firebug.<br/>It may be that some software is stopping Firefox creating the file structures needed for the installation process.
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* Run Firefox as Administrator. It may be the same as in reason 2, because firefox doesn't have enough permissions.
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* Manually install Firebug.<br/>This can be done easily, just unzip the XPI (it's a normal zipped file with the extension changed) in your extensions folder, inside your profile. You should unzip firebug's XPI content inside a folder named 'firebug@software.joehewitt.com'. Do this with Firefox closed.
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To get the XPI go to Firebug on [https://addons.mozilla.org/addon/firebug/ addons.mozilla.org (AMO)], right click on the "Add to Firefox" button and select ''Save Link As...''.
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If your problem didn't get solved or your error message is not listed above:
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* Wanted to download from [https://addons.mozilla.org/addon/firebug/ AMO]? => [http://support.mozilla.org/ Contact Mozilla].
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* Wanted to download from [http://getfirebug.com/releases/ getfirebug.com] => [https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/firebug Contact us].

Latest revision as of 08:44, 25 May 2013

To test for bugs regarding interactions with other extensions or corrupted profiles, you should do the following. Firefox and Firebug re-install rarely fixes problems because the configuration files are not altered on reinstall. So to clear out the configuration files you need to create a new Firefox profile:

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[edit] How to install Firebug into a clean profile?

[edit] Linux Way

  1. Exit Firefox
  2. Get to a command line
  3. Run Firefox with -ProfileManager
    $ firefox -ProfileManager
  4. Create New Profile
  5. Start Firefox with your new profile
  6. Install Firebug into this clean profile

[edit] Windows Way

  1. Exit Firefox
  2. Get to a command line (Start > Run... > "cmd" Enter)
  3. Run Firefox with -ProfileManager (use quotes around the file name because of the spaces)
    "C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe" -ProfileManager
  4. Create New Profile
  5. Start Firefox with your new profile
  6. Install Firebug into this clean profile

[edit] OS X Way

  1. Exit Firefox
  2. Get to a command line
  3. Run Firefox with -p
    $ /Applications/Firefox.app/Contents/MacOS/firefox -ProfileManager
  4. Create New Profile
  5. Start Firefox with your new profile
  6. Install Firebug into this clean profile


Read more about this on Mozilla Support "Managing Profiles".


[edit] Installation Issues

[edit] I installed Firebug but I don't see the icon. Where is it?

If you use Firefox 3.6 or earlier you should see the Firebug icon in the status bar. Starting from Firefox 4.0 the Firebug Start Button moved to the toolbar. If it's not visible there, it can be found inside the Customize Toolbar dialog. For more info about this please read Honza's blog post.


[edit] I can't install Firebug. What can I do?

Normally Firefox will tell you the reason when an extension couldn't be installed. Common reasons are:

  • The Firebug version you wanted to download is not compatible to the Firefox version you use. => Check the compatibility table above.
  • A file couldn't be written. => Restart Firefox and try again.
  • "Invalid file hash (possible download corruption)" => Try a new profile; Re-install Firefox.
  • You get an error message inside Firefox' Error Console like "installLocation has no properties" => Try a new profile; Re-install Firefox.


[edit] If you're using Windows, you can try the following:

  • With Firefox closed, locate your profile directory, delete these temporary files, they will be automatically re-created by Firefox:
    extensions.ini
    extensions.cache
    extensions.rdf
    compreg.dat
  • Disable any Antivirus or Backup program you may have running and then install Firebug.
    It may be that some software is stopping Firefox creating the file structures needed for the installation process.
  • Run Firefox as Administrator. It may be the same as in reason 2, because firefox doesn't have enough permissions.
  • Manually install Firebug.
    This can be done easily, just unzip the XPI (it's a normal zipped file with the extension changed) in your extensions folder, inside your profile. You should unzip firebug's XPI content inside a folder named 'firebug@software.joehewitt.com'. Do this with Firefox closed.

To get the XPI go to Firebug on addons.mozilla.org (AMO), right click on the "Add to Firefox" button and select Save Link As....

If your problem didn't get solved or your error message is not listed above:

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