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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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!!

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You're welcome

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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

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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.



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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.

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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)