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How to Export Chrome Browsing History to HTML, CSV, or TXT

Saikat Basu 09-02-2018

We usually talk about clearing our browser history so it doesn’t fall prey to snoops, but it can also be a good idea to store your history before you wipe it. For example, you can use it to revisit previous pages or watch over a child’s browsing habits.


Chrome gives you a way to save browsing history as an HTML file but nothing more. Fortunately, there’s a free portable tool that opens up a few more options than that.

How to Export Chrome Browsing History

ChromeHistoryView is a small and free portable tool from Nirsoft that enables you to do more with your Chrome History. You don’t have to do much except download the 180KB ZIP file and run it from any folder. The utility reads the history data file of Google Chrome Web browser and displays it a neat grid.

Download: ChromeHistoryView (Free)

View Chrome's Browsing History

Here are some key features:

  • The data is displayed under URL, Title, Visit Date/Time, number of visits, number of times the address was typed (Typed Count), Referrer, and Visit ID.
  • Select any number of rows or the entire dataset and export it as a text file, CSV file, tab-delimited text file, XML file, or HTML file.
  • You can also copy-paste the tabulated information into Excel and take it through its powerful filters.
  • The Advanced Options (F9) allows you to choose a different Chrome user profile or select the browsing history for Chrome-based browsers like Vivaldi, Opera, and Yandex.
  • Filter the URLs according to any date or time range.
  • Supports command line commands.

ChromeHistoryView is a complete utility that not only helps you backup your Chrome browsing data but also dive into it for a closer look.

For more exporting, see how to back up your Chrome bookmarks. How to Back Up and Export Chrome Bookmarks in 5 Easy Steps Chrome can sync your bookmarks. But you can also export and import bookmarks manually to back them up in a safe place. Read More

Related topics: Browsing History, Google Chrome.

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  1. Akhilesh Tekade
    February 9, 2018 at 5:56 pm

    Thanks. Nice article. Exporting is okay, but is there any way to import that history?

    • Web Dude
      February 9, 2018 at 8:56 pm

      Can see the benefit of exporting, but importing only if one wanted to suggest activity that had been done elsewhere (or even altered by making changes to date/time perhaps) to either provide an alibi or incriminate someone else (not that I assume Akhilesh has either in mind).

      • Akhilesh Tekade
        February 10, 2018 at 2:01 am

        ? I thought perhaps importing the "History" might be good after clearing the browser data.

        • Saikat Basu
          February 13, 2018 at 7:27 am

          No way to import the history that I know of. But, if you have a few sites and you want to re-open them, do what I do -- just bookmark them with "Bookmark All Tabs..." in a special folder on your Bookmarks Bar. Then, clear your browser and load them back up with a single click.

        • Akhilesh Tekade
          February 13, 2018 at 8:47 am

          Hi Saikat Basu,
          Yes, I do that all the time with my open tabs ?