OPIE Ordered Preference Import/Export

OPIE 6.6 Released

OPIE is a Firefox extension that allows you to import and export your installed extension preferences.  This is useful when installing extensions in a new profile, or synchronizing multiple Firefox installations.

Once installed, OPIE is available from the Firefox Tools menu.  An icon can be placed on the toolbar via (right-click on toolbar) > Customize...

How it works:

The suggested (preferred?) method for extension developers to store preferences is in the format:

extensions.extensionName.preference

OPIE retrieves an extension's preferences by assuming the extensionName is the chrome name (i.e., the directory mentioned after "chrome://" in the <em:optionsURL> tag of the extension's install.rdf).  If no preferences are found with the above format, OPIE will search for preferences using the format:

extensionName.preference

If no preferences are found with that root, one final attempt will be tried with:

extensionID.preference

If all these preference checks fail, the user can manually assign a "preference root" that identifies the preferences belonging to a particular extension.  Sometimes this preference root can be guessed by examining the items in "about:config", otherwise the extension developer can supply this information.


OPIE v5.0 now extracts the preference list from defaults/preferences.  If the extension does not have its preferences stored there, they cannot be exported.

Functions:

Import
The Import window has two buttons and two textareas.  The "Browse" button brings up a file picker window.  Here you may select one or more exported preference files that were previously created with the OPIE export function.  Double click to open a single file.  Multiple files can be opened using the SHIFT-CLICK and CTRL-CLICK methods.  The top textarea will display the selected files.

Clicking the "Import" button will import the selected preferences and display the results in the bottom textarea.

Export
Click the "Browse" button to select a directory where the exported preferences will be stored.  This directory is also the default location for importing preferences.  The "Get list" button retrieves a list of all extensions that OPIE knows about (see Configure).    This list is displayed in the textarea along with checkboxes to select which extension preferences to export.  "Select all" and "Deselect all" buttons do what is implied.  Clicking "Export" will create the individual preference files.

Configure

This window will display all extensions that OPIE
has determined has ordered preferences that it can understand.


Discuss, complain,  praise or request in the forum.


Import window
OPIE
                      import window


Export window
OPIE export
                          window

OPIE configure window
OPIE help window

Configure and example Help windows (OPIE 4.x, v5.x no longer uses a configure pane)


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Version history:

April 30, 2016: v6.6       Install       (256 KB) 
January 14, 2015: v5.0.2       Install       (239 KB) 

July 13, 2014: v5.0.1       Install       (243.8 KB) 

June 18, 2012: v5.0       Install     (238 KB) 
  • Firefox  24.* - 29.*
  • Removed 'Configure' pane.  Extension preferences are now taken from defaults/preferences automatically.  User no longer has to determine the preference root.
  • Some locales still contain english strings
  • Please report problems in the support forum.

May 18, 2012: v5.0beta       Install     Download   (238 KB) 
  • Firefox  24.* - 29.*
  • Removed 'Configure' pane.  Extension preferences are now taken from defaults/preferences automatically.  User no longer has to determine the preference root.
  • Some locales still contain english strings
  • Please report problems in the support forum.

October 27, 2012: v4.2       Install     Download   (357 KB) 
  • Firefox 4.0b1 - 24.*
  • Fix problem with user-defined preference roots not always being recognized
  • "Reset" preference root now works correctly
  • Turkish (tr) locale added
  • Please report problems in the support forum.
March 30, 2012: v4.1       Install     Download   (337 KB) 
  • Firefox 4.0b1 - 11.*
  • Fix for importing boolean preferences
  • Please report problems in the support forum.
December 7, 2011: v4.0       Install     Download   (338 KB) 
  • Firefox 4.0b1 - 9.*
  • Now recognizes pseudo email preference roots
  • OPIE window now available from Tools > Add-ons page (as "Options")
  • Added option for alert styles
  • Native JSON support
  • Please report problems in the support forum.

September 3, 2011: v3.0.1       Install     Download   (250 KB) 
  • Firefox 4.0b1 - 8.*
  • Removed "Options" button from Tools > Add-ons page
  • Fixed link urls
  • Please report problems in the support forum.

July 15, 2011: v3.0      Install     Download   (251 KB) 

February 13, 2009: v1.2.3      Install    Download   (251 KB) 

November 30, 2008: v1.2.2      Install    Download   (58.6 KB) 
  • Fix for Boolean prefs always importing as "false"
  • Added de-DE locale
  • Included locales: en-US, de-DE, el-GR, fr-FR, he-IL, it-IT, ja-JP, pl-PL, pt-BR, zh-TW
  • Firefox 2.0 - 3.0.*
  • Please report problems in the support forum.

October 28, 2008: v1.2.1      Install    Download   (56.4 KB) 

May  18, 2008: v1.2       Install    Download   (56.5 KB) 
  • Fix for "unknown" extension prefs
  • Firefox 2.0 - 3.0
  • Locales: en-US. el-GR, fr-FR, he-IL, it-IT, ja-JP, pl-PL, pt-BR, zh-TW
  • Please report problems in the support forum.

April 15, 2008: v1.1pre  Install    Download   (55.6 KB) 
  • Added ability to create a combined export file or individual files
  • New logo (to match FEBE/CLEO theme)
  • Better display on Mac platform
  • OPIE default preference fix
  • For Firefox 2.0-3.0pre
  • Locales (* partial) : en-US. el-GR*, fr-FR, he-IL, it-IT*, ja-JP, pl-PL*, pt-BR*, zh-TW (More to come)
  • Please report problems in the support forum.

March 31, 2008
: v1.0       Install    Download   (53.7 KB) 
  • Please help get this extension out of the AMO sandbox!  If you find this extension useful, please consider posting a favorable review on the AMO page.  I'd like to publish a FEBE/CLEO/OPIE package but with OPIE languishing in the deep, dark recesses of AMO netherland, few users will see or know about it.
  • Same as beta3b but with el-GR locale.  This is the first official release.
  • For Firefox 2.0-3.0b4
  • Locales : en-US, el-GR, fr-FR, he-IL, it-IT, ja-JP, pl-PL, pt-BR, zh-TW (so far ...)
  • Please report problems in the support forum.

March 20, 2008
: beta3b  Install    Download   (51.3 KB) 
  • Please help get this extension out of the AMO sandbox!  If you find this extension useful, please consider posting a favorable review on the AMO page.  I'd like to publish a FEBE/CLEO/OPIE package but with OPIE languishing in the deep, dark recesses of AMO netherland, few users will see or know about it.
  • Same as beta3 but fixes overlay to correctly point to chrome pathnames for .js files (instead of local pathnames)
  • Same as beta3 but with ja-JP locale added
  • New icons
  • Added version number to displays
  • Ability to view/clear export directory
  • Option to overwrite existing exports
  • New message windows (to match FEBE/CLEO)
  • Locales : en-US, fr-FR, he-IL, it-IT, ja-JP, pl-PL, pt-BR, zh-TW (so far ...)
  • Please report problems in the support forum.
   
December 6, 2007: beta2  Install    Download   (20.7 KB) 
  • Preference roots now editable
  • Built-in help screens
  • Configure pane displays items in tree form
  • Beta version - bugs possible (though it works just fine for me).  Be sure to backup your preferences (prefs.js) just in case!
  • en-US locale only
  • Firefox ver 2.0  - 3.0 beta 2

October 15, 2007: beta  Install    Download  (20.2 KB) 
  • Beta version - bugs possible (though it works just fine for me).  Be sure to backup your preferences (prefs.js) just in case!
  • en-US locale only
  • Firefox ver 2.0 and above
  • Please report problems in the support forum.


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