Install Firebug into a clean profile

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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:

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

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. https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/firebug/ Install Firebug] into this clean profile

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".

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.

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