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This seems to be a long running bug in QGIS: How to convert KML to shapefile without losing attributes? I am pretty sure it worked some time, but QGIS 1.8 and 2.2 show the same behaviour you mention. Add vector Layer is using OGR/GDAL in the background, and that has two drivers for kml reading (KML and LIBKML), but LIBKML is not included in OSGEO4W builds. ...


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This might have to do with some browser security features in Firefox that block access to local files, that aren't present in chrome/IE. It might require using a proxy to make it look like it's from somewhere else, or a workaround to the local restriction. A few links below that might explain a bit better. Blog post from a GIS developer who had a kml ...



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