How to Delete Downloads.rdf on Firefox

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Firefox 2 and earlier versions store your download history in a file named downloads.rdf. If this file becomes corrupt, or if you just want to delete your download history from Windows Explorer, you can delete the file manually. Firefox 3 and later versions store your downloads history in the downloads.sqlite file instead; you can delete this file instead of downloads.rdf on newer versions of Firefox. Keep in mind that each user account has its own profile with its own downloads file and downloads history.

  • Close all open Mozilla Firefox windows.

  • Click "Start," type "%APPDATA%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\" into the search box at the bottom of the Start menu and press "Enter."

  • Double-click the folder with the name ending in ".default" in the Explorer window that appears.

  • Right-click the "downloads.rdf" file and click "Delete." Right-click the "downloads.sqlite" file instead if you're using Firefox 3 or later.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you're using Windows XP or an older version of Windows, click "Start," click "Run," type "%APPDATA%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\" into the Run dialog box and press "Enter."

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