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How-To: Save and Restore Your Browsing History in Firefox

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save browsing history in Firefox In this article we will be seeing various ways to save your browsing history in Firefox and how to restore them back. Wondering what’s the use of doing so? Read ahead. Firefox has been my favorite browser when it comes to browsing the internet. Very stable and crash proof with abilities to handle many open tabs. We come across different sites while we surf the net. Some gets our attention unlike others. It might be very interesting or informational. We tend to bookmark them for later reference. But at times we forget to bookmark it and later finding them again in the ocean of internet might be difficult unless you remember the site address. In times like this browsing history can be our savior with which we can easily track down by filtering with keywords and date. If you have a tendency to clear your histories often it is better to save them on to a file.

How to Backup and Restore Browsing history in Firefox:

1. History Export Add-on: This add-on lets you export your Web history in variety of formats including plain text, XML, HTML and JSON. You can access it from History -> History Export. Set the preferences specifying the format and location to be saved and then click Export. Though it does not provide option to directly restore data onto history instead you can import it onto bookmarks and access it from there. So preferably export in JSON or HTML format so that you can import it via Import and Backup option in Library window.

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2. MozBackup: This utility lets you backup your entire Firefox profile from history, to bookmarks, extensions and more. It is compatible with other applications like Thunderbird, Sunbird, SeaMonkey, Songbird, Netscape, Wyzo and more! This tool does provide the option to directly restore the history data unlike the above one.

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3. Backup Places.sqlite: If you were wondering where does Firefox save browsing history? Places.sqlite is the file where it saves details like bookmarks, favorite icons and browsing history. So you can directly take a copy of this file for later use. To restore the history simply copy, paste the file.

In Windows, Places.sqlite file is located at :

C:\Documents and Settings\{USER NAME}\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\{PROFILE ID}

So, never lose track of what you had browsed. Don’t worry even when you are pushed into situation to delete your history. Why worry when you can save your web history and restore it at any time 🙂 Found it useful? Do share it across.

5 Comments For This Post I'd Love to Hear Yours!

  1. Thanks and good blog.

  2. lliseil says:

    Dunno when were these tips written, but “History Export” is gone from FF add-ons and I couldn’t find a replacement.
    MozBackup is years old; you can use FEBE Extension to Import and Export History Entiries.

  3. MozBackup fan says:

    MozBackup is an awesome little program. It’s freeware, even for commercial use. It works on all Windows systems from Windows 98 through Windows 7, including 64bit.

    It’s small, easy to use, and efficient; exactly what programs like this should be.

    You can also access their program at sourceforge.

  4. dfs says:

    The firefox addon Norwell History Tools can import/merge various places.sqlite files into the default profile!

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