Pale Moon stores your history data in a SQLite database within your profile. Unfortunately, unlike with bookmarks, browsers do not follow a standard convention for exporting your history data, and Pale Moon does not offer a built-in feature to do so. This leaves us with two options: Write an extension*, or use an external database editing tool. For this tutorial, I will be using a tool called SQLite Browser, which is very easy to use and has downloads available for most major operating systems.
1) Download and install SQLite Browser.
2) Run SQLite Browser, then click and hold "Open Database" until a dropdown menu appears. From there, select "Open Database Read Only".
3) Navigate to your profile directory (or whichever profile you want to export from) and select the places.sqlite file within.
4) If the file opens successfully, you should see a list of tables and indices, most of which should start with "moz".
Fig. 1 - places.sqlite open in SQLite Browser
5) Click the "Execute SQL" tab. We will be running a custom query to pull our most relevant history data.
Fig. 2 - Query editor view
6) In the empty query editor, paste the following query:
Code: Select all
SELECT p.url as url, p.title as title, p.visit_count as visit_count, datetime(p.last_visit_date/1000000, 'unixepoch', 'localtime') as last_visit_date FROM moz_places AS p WHERE p.visit_count > 0 ORDER BY last_visit_date DESC
8) When the query finishes, click "Save the results view" button at the top and select "Export as CVS".
9) Click "Save".
10) Choose a file to save to and click "Save".
Your now have your browsing history dumped to CSV! From here, you can open it in a spreadsheet program and view, sort, or filter the data as you wish. You can also run grep or another command line tool against the file. If you're feeling adventurous, you could even write a script to import this data to another browser, but that is left as an exercise to the reader.
I hope this tutorial is helpful. I'll update this post with any relevant feedback, in case you guys have any questions, comments, concerns, or compliments.
* An extension for viewing and exporting your history data to a file would be a very Good First Extension for anyone willing to try.