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Dec
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Google ChromeAs you know, Google Chrome is a rather minimalist and bare-bone browser. For example, if you want to export and backup Chrome history to a txt or html file,  you have to know that there is no easy way to achieve this result as there is not option for this. I have browsed the Internet rather extensively and, apart from a difficult trick available on Google Suport Forum which involves the use of a software called SQlite,  the situation is quite hopeless! There are different reasons why a user would need the Internet history available on the Google browser. The first one is that such a user needs to put this data on a USB flash drive and use it on another computer or  on another Google Chrome. Other times instead, the need to have a history log containing the  past searches is more practical. In fact, the same user  would like to see what kind of websites and blogs he surfed on a tidy list, an office document  (to make comparisons, for example) or on a more ordered way. So, it is a pity that the Google Chrome Team didn’t add such a wonderful feature which , I am more then sure, would make a lot of “Chromers” a lot happier. On my side, I have found out a couple of solutions which might be on some interest to the casual user.

First Method

OK, this method is rather silly but maybe some of you don’t know about it!

  1. Open Google Chrome.
  2. Click the wrench icon located on the right side of the browser window.
  3. Click History CTRL+H from the menu.
  4. At this point you should be able to see a list ordered by date and containing your Internet history.
  5. If you want to save and export everything, simply left click the first element on the list and highlight everything by pulling the mouse down.
  6. Right click and select Copy.
  7. Now, open a Word document and paste the content on it.
  8. As you see, the whole Chrome history will be completely copied on the .doc file. Such a list will be ordered by date and time!

Second Method

This other method is a little difficult as  you will have to fumble among Windows folders. The whole procedure is availabe on http://dev.chromium.org . Reading from such a website: “The user data directory contains data specific to a given user. Some examples of this type of data are: history, bookmarks, and cookies. Note that in both XP and Vista, the profile name is included in the directory hierarchy.”

Bonus

If you are unsatisfied with these two method, then you should read my article on how to backup Google Chrome. Right there you will find a very useful piece of software which will interest you at a first glance!


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3 Comments to “How to Export Google Chrome History”

  1. Isha Says:

    Thank you Francesco. This had been bugging me for a while, because my Rockmelt keeps crashing & I want to reinstall and I don’t want to lose my History.

    It was Facebook’s Rockmelt page that pointed me here, so it looks like this webpage is famous :)

  2. Web Talk Says:

    Thanks for your nice words! :)

  3. cowgaR Says:

    I’ve been stuck with that problem for a while, also finding no solution for it (anyway, it should be pretty easy to do the export, as both browsers are using sqlite dbs just with different schema, but I’m not sure if hypothetical firefox extension could touch other filesystem locations apart from its own private space).

    What I found though is a really nice Chrome extension, which at least makes history usable on Chrome (version 10 installed here)

    hope that helps anyone struggling with pretty weak browser that chrome is (compared to firefox 4):

    Recent History v2.1
    https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/fbmkfdfomhhlonpbnpiibloacemdhjjm

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