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How can I save my browser history, with dates and times included?

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I need to save my browser history with date and times included. I tried doing the backup, but it saves it as a JSON file and I don't know how to open that. Copying and pasting into notepad does not record the dates and times.

I need to save my browser history with date and times included. I tried doing the backup, but it saves it as a JSON file and I don't know how to open that. Copying and pasting into notepad does not record the dates and times.

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Firefox doesn't have a way to export the History as a text file. The JSON backups in the bookmarkbackups folder only store the bookmarks and not the history.

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Firefox doesn't have a way to export the History as a text file. The JSON backups in the bookmarkbackups folder only store the bookmarks and not the history.

Firefox doesn't have a way to export the History as a text file. The JSON backups in the bookmarkbackups folder only store the bookmarks and not the history.

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Well I wish they did, I need it for my work as a backup for showing time spent doing my job.

Well I wish they did, I need it for my work as a backup for showing time spent doing my job.
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There are utilities that you can look at and that might work.

http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/mozilla_history_view.html - MozillaHistoryView: View the list of visited web sites in Firefox/Mozilla/Netscape browsers

There are utilities that you can look at and that might work. http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/mozilla_history_view.html - MozillaHistoryView: View the list of visited web sites in Firefox/Mozilla/Netscape browsers

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Thank you so much!! I will try this and see if it works. Thank you for your diligence in helping me. It is very much appreciated!!

Thank you so much!! I will try this and see if it works. Thank you for your diligence in helping me. It is very much appreciated!!
cor-el
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You're welcome

You're welcome
flamingWolf 0 solutions 1 answers

try SQLite Manager https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/5817/ if using FF (but not 3.6.3) to save places.sqlite where the history is kept

try SQLite Manager https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/5817/ if using FF (but not 3.6.3) to save places.sqlite where the history is kept
Helper7677 165 solutions 1653 answers

Under "System Requirements" on this link: http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/mozilla_history_view.html

"This utility works on any version of Windows, From Windows 98 to Windows Vista. For all Firefox/Mozilla versions except of Firefox 3"

Seems to say it reads/displays .dat file contents; Firefox 3 and later uses sqlite files.



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Under "System Requirements" on this link: http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/mozilla_history_view.html ''"This utility works on any version of Windows, From Windows 98 to Windows Vista. For all Firefox/Mozilla versions '''''except of Firefox 3'''''"'' Seems to say it reads/displays .dat file contents; Firefox 3 and later uses sqlite files. ----------------------------- <br /> You have out-of-date plugins with known security issues; you need to update them. * Shockwave Flash 10.1 r82 * Next Generation Java Plug-in 1.6.0_20 for Mozilla browsers #'''Check your plugin versions''': http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/plugincheck/ #*'''Note: plugin check page does not have information on all plugin versions''' #'''Update Shockwave Flash''' #*Use Firefox to Download and SAVE to your hard drive from one of the links below; '''<u>the links take you directly to the download and you avoid the "getplus" download manager and "extras" (i.e., toolbars, virus scan links, etc.) on the main Adobe page.</u>''' #*SAVE to your Desktop so you can find it #*After download completes, close Firefox #*Click on the file you just downloaded and install #**Note: Vista and Win7 users may need to right-click the installer downloaded and choose "Run as Administrator" #**Note: Most browsers other than IE will also get updated with this one download #**Note: To update IE, same procedure '''<u>but use IE</u>''' to go: http://fpdownload.macromedia.com/get/flashplayer/current/install_flash_player_ax.exe #*After installation, restart Firefox and check your version again. #*'''<u>Download links and other information</u>''': #** https://support.mozilla.com/en-US/kb/Managing+the+Flash+plugin#Updating_Flash #** '''<u>or</u>''' you can download, save, then run the manual installers for IE, then for Firefox (and all other browsers) from here: http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/191/tn_19166.html#main_ManualInstaller #* Also see: http://support.mozilla.com/en-US/kb/Installing+the+Flash+plugin #* Also see (if needed): http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/191/tn_19166.html#main_Uninstall #'''Update Java:''' #* Download and update instructions: https://support.mozilla.com/en-US/kb/Using+the+Java+plugin+with+Firefox #* Removing old versions (if needed): http://www.java.com/en/download/faq/remove_olderversions.xml #* After the installation, start Firefox and check your version again.

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I tried the Mozilla History View software and it worked perfectly. I have the recently updated FF, so that would not have worked, flamingWolf, but thank you for replying anyway.

I tried the Mozilla History View software and it worked perfectly. I have the recently updated FF, so that would not have worked, flamingWolf, but thank you for replying anyway.
cor-el
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Quote: "This utility works on any version of Windows, From Windows 98 to Windows Vista. For all Firefox/Mozilla versions except of Firefox 3"

If you read a few lines further then it reads:

If you want to read the history file of Firefox 3 (places.sqlite file), Firefox 3 must be installed on your system. Version 1.10 - Added support for Firefox 3.0 (places.sqlite file)
Quote: "This utility works on any version of Windows, From Windows 98 to Windows Vista. For all Firefox/Mozilla versions except of Firefox 3" If you read a few lines further then it reads: <blockquote>If you want to read the history file of Firefox 3 (places.sqlite file), Firefox 3 must be installed on your system. Version 1.10 - Added support for Firefox 3.0 (places.sqlite file) </blockquote>