Manage passwords saved in Firefox

You've been saving passwords in Firefox and want to know how to find, view, import, export and delete them.

Mozilla Firefox web browser

Keeping passwords saved in Firefox is a common password management technique that at first appears convenient and secure. If you primarily use Mozilla Firefox to browse the web, then on the surface it makes sense to store passwords in Firefox as well.

Firefox has a synchronization (sync) mechanism that keeps your Firefox bookmarks and passwords available on different devices you use - smart phones, tablets and computers. It can also log you into websites automatically by using passwords you saved inside it.

This may work well for you, so I created these web pages to help you manage passwords within the Firefox ecosystem. Here you can learn how to find, view, import, export and delete passwords saved in Firefox.

On the other hand, you may find working with passwords saved in Firefox lacking. If you're curious how you can manage your passwords in a more convenient and secure way (and have passwords available to all computer programs and not only Firefox), skip down to the next section.

Manage passwords saved in Firefox

Find passwords in Firefox

Find passwords in Firefox

Wondering where you can find your passwords that are stored in Firefox?

Perhaps you want to locate a particular password or confirm that it was saved correctly.

Learn where Mozilla Firefox saves your passwords and how to access them.

View passwords in Firefox

View passwords in Firefox

You would like to see what your password actually is and want to know how to view it.

Perhaps you would like to use a password saved in Firefox in another web browser, so you have to see what it is.

Learn where your passwords are stored in Firefox and how to view them.

Delete passwords from Firefox

Delete passwords from Firefox

You want to remove a password or two from Firefox because you don't use those web accounts any more.

Or you like to clean up your passwords from time to time to keep them organized.

Learn how to delete passwords from Firefox.

Export Firefox Passwords

Export Firefox Passwords

You would like to export passwords stored in Firefox to back them up or use them somewhere else.

Or maybe you are moving your passwords to a password manager because it is more convenient and secure.

Learn how to export Firefox passwords.

Import passwords to Firefox

Import passwords to Firefox

You have passwords stored in an Excel spreadsheet and would like to import them to Firefox.

Storing passwords in Firefox gives you additional functionality over storing them on paper or in Excel.

Learn how to import passwords to Firefox.

Is there a better way to manage passwords?

If you're primarily using Mozilla Firefox to browse on the Internet, it is natural to start saving passwords in Firefox, because by Firefox storing your passwords it can log you into websites automatically.

This password management method has several disadvantages:

  • If you want to use another web browser, you don't have passwords available
  • Your passwords are stored in a web browser and web browsers are not secure
  • You can't share passwords with other people

If you use multiple web browsers (Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Apple Safari, etc.), having passwords readily available in all of them becomes a problem, because all your passwords are saved only in Mozilla Firefox.

It is also difficult or impossible to:

  • Organize passwords in folders
  • Group them together (social media, shopping, work, personal)
  • Write notes next to each password (for example the security questions that some website require you to create to be able to recover a lost password)
  • Create secure memos
  • Set up identities for shopping with credit cards
  • Share passwords with your friends, family and colleagues

You may also find Firefox password security inadequate. After all, web browsers are created for surfing the web, not for storing passwords. They are giant pieces of software, very complex and likely full of bugs (software defects, including security flaws). You may feel uncomfortable storing passwords in a web browser.

The bottom line

Like web browsers, password managers can also log you into websites automatically, but they have additional convenience and security advantages as well.