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Find a Forgotten Password Saved in Firefox

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Firefox, like many popular browsers, includes a built-in functionality to save your password. Often we’ll use the saved password feature so often that we’ve completely forgotten our password when we need to login to the same website on another computer. Here’s how to locate your saved password.

In Firefox, navigate to the Tools \ Options menu item. Select the Privacy button, the Passwords tab, and then click on View Saved Passwords. You’ll be presented with this screen:

Click the Show Passwords button, and navigate down to the website password you are looking for. Note: usernames in the image scratched out to protect the poster!

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  • Published 09/26/06

Comments (37)

  1. John Didlock

    This doesn’t seem to work in the latest Firefox,

  2. mikolka

    But in all working properly

  3. GruCho

    This need a little update ,in the latest version you have to navigate:Tools/Options/Security/….and there you can find the Show Passwords… :)

  4. Bobbob

    For MAC OSX and Firefox >> Firefox menu || Preferences || Security tab || Show Passwords … (button).

  5. LinearMode

    I can’t believe I never knew about this until now, thank you so much for your articles, I can’t possibly tell you how much I’ve learned from you!!!

  6. Jeng

    Anyone know how to do this on fire fox 3?

  7. Jeng

    nvm tools/ options security press savved passwords nvm srry for double post

  8. Luis

    i lost my saved passwords on firefox, is there a way to get them back?

  9. 1fastbullet


    Yes. Got to Edit>Preferences and the security tab. There, halfway down the window is a button for saved passwords.

  10. Byron

    how do i copy saved passwords to a text document. i want to print a list of my passwords

  11. austin

    This is why I never save any passwords…

  12. Amrit

    This is a helpful information. But anyone knows where these password information are saved? i mean the whereabouts of these log files in our drive?

  13. sam

    wow thank you, that’s properly working. i’ve tried it in 3.5. but in firefox 3.5 you can find password manager in tools\option\security
    dude you’ve saved my internet bank account!

  14. John Craggs

    It’s very good, but what to do if Firefox is crashed?

  15. DJ KILL`IT


    Thanks heaps guyss.. just what i needed to find out when upgrading my computer to save my passwords!


  16. shubhantaj

    plz tell me that how can i see my lost password on mozilla 3.6

  17. Lucky Man

    you should use xmarks passwords and bookmarks sync.

  18. mark

    I would like to introduce you a very good Firefox Password Recovery software. This software can

    help you find and recover passwords to web sites saved in Firefox Web Browser and Thunderbird in



  19. Anaia

    “This need a little update ,in the latest version you have to navigate:Tools/Options/Security/….and there you can find the Show Passwords… :)”

    Thanks GruCho, that worked for me.

  20. lin

    This doesn’t works in the latest Firefox version

  21. Lee

    Thanks much appericated

  22. Thor

    Thank you very much! :)

  23. rcmichelle

    you can search Password Genius on Google

  24. NewPlayerOne

    What a stupid feature though…

  25. Leo

    tnx Dude, It Helps a lot ;)

  26. Leo

    the little difference IF YOU USE MOZILLA 3.6 or 3.5 like me,
    is Option>Security>passwords & “Saved passwords” button,
    Its EZ ;)

  27. Michelle

    Firefox Password Recovery 5.0 is a smart and powerful utility to recover passwords to web sites saved in Firefox Web Browser and Thunderbird. This tool can get the list of all usernames and passwords saved in Firefox Web Browser with only one button click!
    In addition, this program also allows you to reset Firefox Master password.

  28. AKS

    Nice Work
    tnx Dude, It Helps a lot

  29. gen


  30. dean

    If you “erase cookies” are the passwords that are saved, lost as well?

  31. Sir

    There IS no passwords tab under PRIVACY, this is utter nonsense, don’t waste time on this option.

  32. Shog

    @ Sir it works fine for me. If you are running a latest mozilla firefox, as GruCho said: Tools/Options/Security/….and there you can find the Show Passwords… :)

  33. vijay


  34. David

    It does work for the new version of firefox but its;

    tools>security>saved passwords>show passwords

  35. jakeSEO

    Thanks. This helped me save a lot of time!

  36. surya

    firefox 4.0

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