How to migrate some specific app profiles on macOS

Tags: macOS, migration
Tested on: macOS Big Sur, macOS Monterey
Last update: Nov 2021

If you migrate from one machine to another make sure you follow those steps and you’ll get rewarded with a hassle-free migration. Get a pendrive and copy the following files as zipped packages:

Google Chrome

file typepath and notes
main app/Applications/Google
cache files~/Library/Caches/chrome_crashpad_handler
app prefs~/Library/Preferences/
main profile~/Library/Application Support/Google Chrome

Mozilla Thunderbird

file typepath and notes
main app/Applications/
(download from
cache files~/Library/Caches/Thunderbird
app prefs~/Library/Preferences/org.mozilla.thunderbird.plist
main profile~/Library/Thunderbird

Mozilla Firefox

file typepath and notes
main app/Applications/
cache files~/Library/Caches/Firefox
~/Library/Saved Application State/org.mozilla.firefox.savedState (if applicable)
app prefs~/Library/Preferences/org.mozilla.firefox.plist
main profile~/Library/Application Support/Firefox

Brave Browser

file typepath and notes
main app/Applications/Brave
cache files~/Library/Caches/com.brave.Browser
~/Library/Saved Application State/com.brave.Browser.savedState (if applicable)
app prefs~/Library/Preferences/com.brave.Browser.plist
main profile~/Library/Application Support/BraveSoftware

If you copy those files and folders in your new user account unser the same subpath your Thunderbird will continue to operate as if nothing had happened.

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