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My firefox history is only showing just over a months worth of history. I actually have history before that because if I type into the address bar it will bring up things I have searched for months ago, but even with the exact search term or website name, they don't appear in the history viewer :/.

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If I remember correctly, history and the things you've typed in to the search bar are stored separately. –  Tanner Jul 26 '12 at 1:02
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Please check Tools > Options > Privacy > History to see if there is an option like Remember visited pages for at least. If it is not working, check http://kb.mozillazine.org/Browser.history_expire_days to see if it helps.

Another way to check is to start your firefox in safe mode to disable all plugins to see if there is any plugin that causing this problem.

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I tried that, it still only goes back to mid June in the history, but goes back way further in the address bar. –  Lost Jul 26 '12 at 13:26
    
So I suppose you can fire a bug for them? –  Deqing Jul 26 '12 at 13:47
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I have the same - I suspect the upgrade from Firefox 13 to 14 as the history dates from the same date as the upgrade on my machine.

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Browsing history and search history are stored separately.

Search history is saved as part of the form history. Form history expiration time is controlled by about:config preference browser.formfill.expire_days and defaults to 180 days.

Browsing history is controlled by Places management system and its expiration time is auto-adjusted:

Expiration is based on hardware specs, specifically on memory size and CPU cores. This means on mobile and old systems expiration will be more aggressive than on high-end hardware, to try keep the database size at a reasonable (and performant) value.

But is customizable:

Usually there is no need to tweak or set any preference, since adaptive behavior should satisfy each need, though in case of unexpected issues it's possible to act on some hidden preferences:

  • places.history.expiration.interval_seconds: Minimum number of seconds between expiration steps. Default is 180 seconds.
  • places.history.expiration.max_pages: The maximum number of pages that may be retained in the database before starting to expire. Default value is calculated on startup and put into the places.history.expiration.transient_current_max_pages preference. This transient version of the preference is just mirroring the current value used by expiration, setting it won't have any effect.

Or you can use Expire history by days add-on.

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