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Clear all favicons from Firefox 3 Web Browsers
If you want to clear all favicons from your bookmarks in Firefox 3, edit the places.sqlite database, which can be found in your profile folder, located in your user's Library » Application Support » Firefox » Profiles » random_text.default folder. You then need to use any SQLite editor to execute these two commands on that file:
delete all from moz_favicons
update moz_places set favicon_id = NULL
Quit the editor and restart Firefox, and the favicons will be gone (this works on every platform). Also, if you want to permanently disable favicons, type about:config in the URL bar, and edit these two properties:
  • browser.chrome.favicons -- set to false
  • browser.chrome.site_icons -- set to false
[robg adds: You can use the built-in sqlite3 program in Terminal to edit this file. Just cd into the profile folder, then (with Firefox not running) type sqlite3 places.sqlite. I had to change the format of the first command, however, to make it work in sqlite3 -- I had to remove all, leaving just delete from moz_favicons. After running both commands, type .quit and restart Firefox. This seemed to work for me as described in the hint.]
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Clear all favicons from Firefox 3
Authored by: brett_x on Oct 22, '08 08:14:15AM

See how easy that is? Who ever said Firefox was impossible to manage?



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Clear all favicons from Firefox 3
Authored by: DarkWeaver on Oct 22, '08 01:48:11PM

Why in the world would anyone want to clear all favicons on a web browser? On Firefox?



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Clear all favicons from Firefox 3
Authored by: Christoph on Oct 23, '08 02:41:06AM

At least on Safari, they significantly slow down the opening of the bookmarks menu. Waiting 10 seconds for the bookmarks menu just to open can be very annoying and disabling favicons alltogether seems to be a good idea.



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Clear all favicons from Firefox 3
Authored by: notmicro on Oct 22, '08 05:39:45PM

Is there a similar command which can be used to globally delete the contents of the "description" field in all bookmarks?



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Clear all favicons from Firefox 3
Authored by: Christoph on Oct 23, '08 02:46:01AM

Does anyone know how favicons can be disabled in Safari?
They tend to make some operations annoyingly slow.

A quick google search showed up a forum post suggesting to chmod Safari's cache folder for favicons so that Safari can no longer access it.

I feel somewhat uneasy with this solution because it is certainly not intended by the Safari programmers and thus might have unrelated side effects.



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Clear all favicons from Firefox 3
Authored by: hembeck on Oct 23, '08 11:35:02PM

I was hoping that this hint would work - specifically the rob g comment, since I don't have a sql editor available to me - but it did not. All favicons remains, regardless of how I entered the sql commands.

I want to delete the favicon data because FF3 displays some favicons, but not others. This has been the case since upgrading to FF3 from FF2. I was hoping that clearing the existing favicons and starting fresh, would force FF3 to pull in fresh favicons. A minor annoyance, I guess.

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Clear all favicons from Firefox 3
Authored by: dangil on Nov 11, '08 11:28:09PM

I messed up.. there is no ALL on the first command



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Clear all favicons from Firefox 3
Authored by: cbonsig on Dec 13, '08 03:19:21PM
If you try to enter the commands exactly as posted, you'll be confronted with a baffling "...>" after entering the first (or any subsequent) command. Open Terminal, navigate to
/Users/YourUserName/Library/Application Support/Firefox/Profiles/RandomStuff.default

Then issue the command
sqlite3 places.sqlite

Then type the following three commands at the sqlite> prompt
delete from moz_favicons;
update moz_places set favicon_id = NULL;
.quit

The trailing semicolons are essential.

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