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In Google Chrome, is it possible to delete all search history that matches a specific query (for example,

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It is possible to select all items in a search from Google Web History. I wonder if it's possible to synchronize Google Web History with Chrome's web history. – Anderson Green Oct 22 '12 at 18:44
There's an extension called "Updater for Google Web History" - it appears that this extension allows Google Web History to work in Google Chrome. – Anderson Green Oct 22 '12 at 18:53
@AndersonGreen Could you please update the accepted answer to from Fabricio PH. That's the original correct answer. The currently accepted one had simply copied the right answer without attributing any credit. Now it has been reverted back to its original version. – Error Jan 10 '15 at 19:19
@AndersonGreen You should choose Pooya's as the correct answer, it's the simplest, fastest way to do it. Plus, Fabricio's doing some self advertising on his answer, which isn't complete. – Adrián Salgado Jul 15 '15 at 14:36
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You can take the hacker shortcut injecting JavaScript code.

Step 1 Since Chrome history is queried inside a iFrame, we have to visit: chrome://history-frame/ (copy and paste URL)

Step 2 Do the search query.

Step 3 Open the Chrome console(F12 or CtrlShifti or i) and execute:

var inputs = document.getElementsByTagName('input');
for (var i = 0; i < inputs.length; ++i) {
  if (inputs[i].type == "checkbox"){
    inputs[i].checked = true;
document.getElementById("remove-selected").disabled = false

Step 4 Hit the 'Remove selected items' button.

Actually this deletes the elements in the current page. I might try to extend it, but it's a good starting point. Read the full article in my blog.

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That's interesting and creative but no offence but it's not really a shortcut! – thomasrutter May 5 '15 at 0:11
@thomasrutter As far as I've read, nobody's asking for a shortcut, just a way to do it. Pooya Estakhri's answer seems the best way to do it, but this one works too, although it requires a little bit of JavaScript knowledge :) – Adrián Salgado Jul 15 '15 at 14:34
I was referring to the answer where it says "you can take the hacker shortcut" - this solution seems too long-winded and complex to be called a "shortcut". But, it will indeed get the job done. It's even possible they've removed the ability to shift+click in recent versions. – thomasrutter Jul 16 '15 at 1:04
@thomasrutter I see where your interpretation goes. I tried to mean the hacker path, because it's a silly but hacky way to solve the problem. – Fabricio PH Jul 16 '15 at 14:41
This is not working anymore. document.getElementsByTagName('input') is returning empty array. – dinesh ygv Jan 14 at 7:07

thats simple & easy

search for what you want to remove select first one now scroll to latest result press shift & choose latest one now all matches are selected and you can remove them together.

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Yeah :) Plain old shift + click :) – Mladen B. May 2 '14 at 21:42
Further information is here: – Anderson Green Aug 3 '14 at 3:30
Or you can take a hacker shortcut, see my answer below ;) – Fabricio PH Aug 4 '14 at 14:23
@AndersonGreen This is the correct answer, not Fabricio's. – Adrián Salgado Jul 15 '15 at 14:38
This one is not obvious. I expect the text to get selected. – dinesh ygv Jan 14 at 7:07

It can be done, and it's not too difficult. You can even query your Chrome history using SQL. (Maybe Firefox too: see below. Of course, the appropriate file path will have to be changed).

First of all, you need to locate the Chrome History file. This is, on my system, in

C:\Documents and Settings\Leonardo Serni\Impostazioni locali\Dati applicazioni\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default

which ought to translate in a more general

<USER FOLDER>\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default

In there, you will find a "History" file. It is a SQLite3 file, and to manipulate it, Chrome has to be closed. If you make a mess of it, delete the History file and start anew - it's just as if you had cleared Chrome history.

Then, rename the file to History.sqlite3 and install SQLiteMan (or any other SQLite3 editor - in Windows, double-clicking on the file might be enough to trigger a suggestion), then open the file (n.b. some utilities might not need the renaming thing. Maybe try without renaming first, to save work).

In the URLS table, you will find the URLs you have visited. For example I can run the query:

SELECT * FROM urls WHERE url LIKE '%meetup%';

to view all occurrences of 'meetup' in either the host or pathname part of the URLs I visited. Or I could search for pr0n, or... anything at all, as long as I adhere to SQL syntax.

You can even use the other information to run the query, for example the time of last visit. Only remember that you need to convert the dates to Chrome time, which is the number of microseconds elapsed from January 1st, year of our Lord 1601. On a Unix box, typing date +%s will tell you the number of seconds; multiply by one million, add 11644473600 and you're done.

For example, select visits after October 1st, 2013:

SELECT * FROM urls WHERE ((last_visit_time/1000000)-11644473600) - 
    strftime('%s', '2013-10-01 00:00:00') > 0;

To delete, just replace SELECT * with DELETE and press F9 to execute the query.

(In case, the "Archive History" file holds the last history archived by Chrome).

When you're done, if needed, rename back the file to "History".

Automating it: one-click sanitization

You need a command-line SQLite utility such as sqlite3 or sql3tool. Then you write a script or batch file, modifying the code below with the appropriate paths (you don't want to clear my history leaving yours untouched, do you?):

# ENSURE CHROME IS CLOSED (pskill by SysInternals might be useful)
echo "DELETE * FROM urls WHERE url LIKE '%facebook%' OR url LIKE '%twitter%';" | sql3tool "C:\Documents and Settings\Leonardo Serni\Impostazioni locali\Dati applicazioni\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\History"
echo "DELETE * FROM urls WHERE url LIKE '%porn%' OR url LIKE '%my-employer-is-a-moron%';" | sql3tool "C:\Documents and Settings\Leonardo Serni\Impostazioni locali\Dati applicazioni\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\History"
echo "DELETE * FROM urls WHERE url LIKE ..."

Only remember that this erases your history on your instance of Chrome. If, for example, you use a proxy, and that proxy keeps logs, all those URLs will be still available in the logs.

UPDATE: Also, if you're using some brain-dead SQL tool that requires the file to have an explicit and known extension, you will have to perform an appropriate RENAME before starting operations, and another to put things back in order when you've finished:

REN "C:\Documents and Settings\Leonardo Serni\Impostazioni locali\Dati applicazioni\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\History" "C:\Documents and Settings\Leonardo Serni\Impostazioni locali\Dati applicazioni\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\History.sqlite3"
echo "DELETE * FROM urls WHERE url LIKE '%facebook%' OR url LIKE '%twitter%';" | sql3tool "C:\Documents and Settings\Leonardo Serni\Impostazioni locali\Dati applicazioni\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\History.sqlite3"
REN "C:\Documents and Settings\Leonardo Serni\Impostazioni locali\Dati applicazioni\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\History.sqlite3" "C:\Documents and Settings\Leonardo Serni\Impostazioni locali\Dati applicazioni\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\History"

Anyway, once this is done, doubleclick on the script icon and hey presto!, your Chrome history is sanitized. It works with Firefox too; its timestamps might be in some other time reference frame, though (possibly plain Unix), so check the water before jumping in.

How about cleaning cookies?

You might want to do the same thing to cookies instead of History.

But you'll have noticed, in the Chrome data directory, other files than History, one of which is named Cookies... :-)

Advanced track covering

The SQL trick above is not limited to deletions. You can modify entries with the UPDATE command; and after deleting unneeded entries, you can use INSERT with the appropriate time and date macros to have Chrome believe that you visited some URLs you did not actually visit, or did not visit at some time and date.

This may come in handy in those cases when sanitizing a browser session would result in an unlikely picture of someone staring glazedly at an empty browser window for a very long time, and some kind of idle navigation is preferable. Of course, this assumes that no one notices that each day there is exactly the same navigation 'template'.

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No, that is currently not supported by Chrome itself.

Though, extensions can request access to your history data. So it would be possible for an extension to fulfill your needs. I do not know of such an extension myself, but a small search, made me find this one:

Possibly that extension can do what you request.

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This answer is outdated - see this one or this one – Garrulinae Apr 30 '14 at 6:32
I cannot delete it either, sorry – Steven Roose May 6 '14 at 7:23
That's fine - I'm just pointing it out for future viewers. – Garrulinae May 6 '14 at 8:33
The sad thing is that I lose rep for this :p – Steven Roose May 7 '14 at 11:59
No extension needed, check my answer :) – Fabricio PH Aug 3 '14 at 2:38

Just use Chrome with the url : chrome://history/#e=1&p=0

You may have to copy/paste it into your url bar.

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In the Chrome bar try searching for the history item you want deleted. Once it appears in the results, scroll down to it using arrow keys (even if it is the first item in the list) and press Shift + Delete.

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Use this extension in Google Chrome: History Calendar

Its exactly what I was searching for... it makes history deleting etc just like firefox i.e. fast and smooth. If you have over 2000 history marks for sites like, google chrome history viewer will take ages (go page by page), but in firefox history window (or using the above mentioned chrome extn), you can select all 2000 and delete in one go

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  • open chrome:history and search for the website(s) that you want to delete.
  • open your chrome console with ctrl-shift-j.

  • if applicable, ensure that the dropdown right above the console reads history (history-frame) and not top, etc.

  • run the following code in the console:

$$('input[type=checkbox]').forEach(el => el.checked = true); $("remove-selected").disabled = false;

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