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I often find myself in the situation where I know I saw something in a web page recently, but don't remember where. I would therefore like to be able to do a full-text search of the contents of my web history in Firefox. Is there an extension that will do this?

I am aware of this question. However, I am only interested in Firefox solutions, and the only Firefox option in that question seems to no longer be relevant (add-on has changed).

My requirements for a solution to this problem:

  • Must work in Firefox.
  • Must work locally - I do not want to send my history or bookmarks to a 3rd-party service to get this functionality (so InfoAxe is out as near as I can tell).
  • Must be a high-quality, reputable extension (fuzzy, I know, but many extensions smell sketchy).
  • Must work in Linux (so Google Desktop is out so far as I know).
  • Strongly prefer open source solution.

Does anyone know of such an extension?

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Pretty much the same question, just saw:… – Michael Ekstrand Jun 13 '11 at 16:14
any new stuff about this topic? looks like its not maintained any more, and so is recallmonkey. – pvinis Oct 5 at 8:48

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Use recoll desktop search along with the recollweb firefox extension. This copies visited pages to local cache that recoll indexes.

Recoll desktop search:

Firefox extension:

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Another option is which is more active than recall monkey.

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grgarside told you to take a look to the help/promotion section of the sites here. Same did @Morpheu5 on your last post. This continued behavior will lead to spam flags, you might consider to remove those answers or at least ad a disclosure (which will (only) make sense if not the major part of your answers are promoting you product) – bummi Jul 2 at 21:03

Mozilla Labs has something called RecallNonkey that's being developed for this purpose.

This is a local search against the history entries in the places database and I don't believe it sends any information out there - it's still pretty new/experimental but I've been using it for a little while and it seems to work well.

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I should add, - not clear what the license is from the source but I've asked for clarification. – Stephanie Jul 10 '11 at 0:08 confirms that it's under an open source license (MPL). – Stephanie Jul 10 '11 at 17:04
RecallMonkey does not seem to include a fulltext index of the browsing history. It rather provides a refinable search of the existing history data using a webpage UI. So no more than URLs and page titles can be searched. Unfortunately. – deepc Jun 26 '12 at 22:29
another way (only if when you use Firefox you are logged to Google account) is search for inside history via Google cache – Pol Hallen Jun 16 '14 at 21:26

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