After installing Ubuntu 16.04 on a brand new computer, I tried to copy all Google Chrome data (Extensions, Bookmarks, Passwords, ...) from my old 14.04.

Especially extensions, since there's a lot of them!

Both 14.04 and 16.04 have the same user name (ring0) and ID (1000).

Copied (cp -pr as root [while the files belong to ring0 anyway])


and even


after a proper install (just in case a key is stored somewhere)

But, while the bookmarks have been recovered automatically (thanks to the login to Google Gmail et al.),

  • Have to log back in to all sites (eg this one)
  • No extension has been copied

Since I'm root on both machines, and have access to "Show passwords" in the settings anyway, is there a way to copy and get everything, including extensions, without having to login again?

  • If you ever used any Google service with the older, all of that (and more) is synchronized immediately after you login in the new one with your Google account. – user589808 Sep 30 '16 at 15:23
  • Thanks but since the files are physically in the google-chrome extensions dir, I'm trying to find a way to see the extensions without logging in. – Ring Ø Sep 30 '16 at 15:33
  • Your copy-destination looks strange, when you are logged in as ring0 then copy to ~/.config/google-chrome, not to ~ring0/.config/google-chrome... – mook765 Sep 30 '16 at 19:48
  • @mook765 being logged in as ring0, using ~ or ~ring0 is the same. – Ring Ø Sep 30 '16 at 20:25
  • OK, never see that before, good to know...Doesn't the ownership change to root when you copy as root? – mook765 Oct 1 '16 at 5:49

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