Friday, August 15, 2008

Google Gears with Portable Firefox

I have discovered (here) how to make Google Gears portable with Portable Firefox:
  1. Install Google Gears to your local machine.
  2. Create a folder named {000a9d1c-beef-4f90-9363-039d445309b8} under the extensions folder where your instance of FireFox portable is installed (e.g. \FirefoxPortable\Data\profile\extensions or \FirefoxPortable\App\firefox\extensions\) (Reader Drakkim pointed out that: \FirefoxPortable\Data\profile\extensions should be used instead since the App path is deleted on upgrade see his comment below).
  3. Copy the contents of the Gears Firefox files (probably here: c:\program files\google\google gears\Firefox to the folder you created.
  4. Uninstall Google Gears from the local machine (Unless, of course, you want to have it installed on that system.
  5. Restart Firefox if it is running.
Original source: http://portableapps.com/node/7364

Note: If you go to this site it will tell you if Google Gears is installed or not.

Update: Welcome Lifehacker readers!!! I am really excited about being linked from Lifehacker since that is one of my favorite websites.

Update: I seemed to have overlooked a need in the first posting of this entry so in order to remedy that see the following:

To uninstall Google Gears go here.
To remove Portable Google Gears:
  • You can exit FireFox and delete the folder {000a9d1c-beef-4f90-9363-039d445309b8} that is under the extensions folder where your instance of FireFox portable is installed (e.g. \FirefoxPortable\App\firefox\extensions\).
or
  • You can go to the Addons dialog in FireFox (under the Tools menu) and click on Google Gears and choose Uninstall.
Update: Reader Drakkim pointed out that \FirefoxPortable\Data\profile\extensions should be used instead since the App path is deleted on upgrade. I have updated the instructions to reflect this, please see his comment below.

Update: Currently Google Gears does not work with FireFox 3.1b3 (or apparently with any of the 3.1 beta versions).

4 comments:

Drakkim said...

Instead of installing to "\FirefoxPortable\App\firefox\extensions\" you should install to "\FirefoxPortable\Data\profile\extensions"

Both work, but the App path is deleted on upgrade...

Enrique J. Garcia said...

what if I don't have privileges to install?

Todd Vierling said...

Now available as an add-on via addons.mozilla.org:

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/13492/

Todd Vierling said...

Oh, and additional information on the addons.mozilla.org post:

http://portableapps.com/node/20230