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How can I restore browser history

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I'm using a laptop I haven't used in forever, but the last time I used Firefox on it, it had all my previous browser history. However, when I went on it today, it had all disappeared. I didn't delete it or anything, so I was wondering if there was any way to get it back (especially so that it will show up in my browser)? Please tell me there is.

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Firefox stores the history in the places.sqlite file in the Firefox profile folder. You would need an older copy of the places.sqlite file to restore the history. This database file also stores the bookmarks, so these will be affected as well if you would retore and older copy.

Try to restore a previous version of the file.

You can use this button to go to the current Firefox profile folder:

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After I've restored the previous version, what do I do?

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Also, which file do I do this to? The "places.sqlite" file or the "places.sqlite-SHM" file or the "places.sqlite-WAL" file?

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You need the places.sqlite as I already told you via a PM. The other two files are temporary SQLite files.

On Windows 7 you might have shadow copies that are part of a System Restore point, but places.sqlite also stores the bookmarks and restoring an older copy or places.sqlite will revert the bookmarks to an older state. You need to remove existing places.sqlite-shm and places.sqlite-wal files when you restore an older places.sqlite file.

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But won't removing the other files have a negative effect? Won't removing them effect my bookmarks as well? Also, what about the "places.sqlite.corrupt" file? Do I remove that too? I've attached an image of what I see when I go in my Firefox profile.

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Hello? Could you please respond?

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Can you clarify which files you mean and post their name and file extension?

If necessary check the type in the properties in case Windows is hiding the true file extension.

The sqlite-shm and sqlite-wal file are always connected to a specific SQLite file, so if you remove a SQLite file then its sqlite-shm and sqlite-wal version need to be removed as well.

  • removing places.sqlite -> includes places.sqlite-shm and places.sqlite-wal

Firefox will create new sqlite-shm and sqlite-wal files.

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I'm referring to the other two SQlite files (not the main one). I'm referring to the "places.SQLITE-SHM" & the "places.SQLITE-WAL" files. Won't removing these files have a negative effect? Won't removing them effect my bookmarks as well? And what about the "places.sqlite.corrupt" file? Do I remove that one too? I had attached a screenshot of what I see when I go to my Mozilla profile. You can look at that to see which files I'm talking about.

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You can remove "places.SQLITE-SHM" & the "places.SQLITE-WAL" with Firefox closed, but that should only be needed if there is a problem with the main places.sqlite file.

If Firefox detects a problem with the places.sqlite file then Firefox renames the file to "places.sqlite.corrupt" and creates a new places.sqlite file. In that case no further actions like deleting "places.SQLITE-SHM" & the "places.SQLITE-WAL" should be necessary because Firefox has detected and replaced the corrupted file. You only have to delete the "places.SQLITE-SHM" & the "places.SQLITE-WAL" if you manually remove the places.sqlite file because of problems.

Do you still have a problem with the history or the bookmarks?

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The bookmarks are recovered (I believe they disappeared because of the version of Firefox I was using).

However, won't removing these files effect my bookmarks?

Also, what about the "places.sqlite.corrupt" file? Do I remove that one as well?

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Hello? Could you please respond?

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You can delete the places.sqlite.corrupt file as this file no longer is and can be used (the file is corrupted according to its name).

You can leave the -shm and -wal files as they probably have been recreated and working properly if there are no problems with bookmarks and history.

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cor-el said

You can delete the places.sqlite.corrupt file as this file no longer is and can be used (the file is corrupted according to its name). You can leave the -shm and -wal files as they probably have been recreated and working properly if there are no problems with bookmarks and history.

Well, I haven't really done anything to any of the files yet in order to restore the history (I want to make sure I understand all the steps first), so again, when I restore the previous version of the "places.sqlite" file, and I delete the "places.sqlite-wal" & "places.sqlite-shm" files, I can delete the "places.sqlite-corrupt" file & you're saying deleting it won't cause anything bad to happen? Am I correct? Please respond.

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You can (re)move places.sqlite-corrupt and leave all other files. Your history is likely lost because it is probably not possible to repair the places.sqlite-corrupt in case that file still has older history data.

You could try to open places.sqlite-corrupt with the SQLite Manager extension.

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Sorry, but that didn't answer my question. Could you read my post again? Like I said in my previous post, I haven't really tried to restore the history yet. The only thing I've tried was to restore a previous version of all the "places" files except for the "places.sqlite-corrupt" one. And I haven't deleted any of them.

Also, are you saying now that I should try to restore a previous version of the "places.sqlite-corrupt" file in addition to the regular "places.sqlite" file?

Also, do you know the steps to open the "places.sqlite-corrupt" file with the SQLite Manager extension?

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You would have to rename the places.sqlite-corrupt file to places-corrupt.sqlite to be able to select it via Directory > (Select Profile Database) > Go in the SQLite Manager extension. I've never tried this myself, so I don't know if this allows to inspect any data in the file or that you get a message that the database is corrupted.

You can create a new profile and perform the steps in that new profile (i.e. copy the places.sqlite file(s) to that profile) if you are worried doing it in your current profile. Then you can start over any time if it goes wrong.

See "Creating a profile":

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So, just so I've gotten this straight: in order to restore my browser history, you suggest: I try to restore a previous version of the plain old "places.sqlite" file & then delete the other files: the "places.sqlite-SHM" & the "places.sqlite-WAL" files? Please tell me whether or not I'm correct.

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Is it that you suggest I try to restore a previous version of the "pleaces.sqlite" file, the "places.sqlite-SHM" file, the "places.sqlite-WAL" file, AND the "places.sqlite-corrupt" file?

And, just to reiterate: deleting ANY of these files will not have any negative side effects? Correct?

Also, just so you know: I have "ESET NOD32" antivirus on the computer & I scanned the "places.sqlite-corrupt" file & the results said 0 infected objects.

Please let me know which one. Thanks.

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Safest is to only restore places.sqlite and not the -wal and -shm files because you can't be sure that they match that places.sqlite file.

I'm not sure if Windows should have older copies of places.sqlite, but you could check that as well.

You can check if there is a previous version of the a available. You can do that in Windows Explorer via the right-click context menu in the Properties.

  • Right-click: Properties > Previous Versions
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