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When looking at a browsing session, one can describe this session as a graph.

For example if you:

  1. went to google, searched for "cats",
  2. then went to the wikipedia article about cats,
  3. clicked back to the search results, and then went to the youtube video of "cats musical",
  4. from there you went to google's help-center.
  5. Now you clicked back until you reached google search results for cats again.
  6. Finally you chose to visit zquad's cat site.

You can draw this browsing session a graph which looks like

"google - cats"---"wikipedia - cats"
|_-----"youtube - cats musical"---"google help center"
|_----"zquad's cat site"

This information can be very useful when you're trying to remember "how did I get to this weird blog entry".

Is there a browser capable of displaying your browsing history graph?

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History tree is kind of close to what you're looking for. Maybe?

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Seems to be what I'm looking for. –  Elazar Leibovich Sep 30 '09 at 19:49
+1 was just about to post this myself :) –  Molly7244 Sep 30 '09 at 19:50
Ha ha, sorry to beat you to it Molly! –  outsideblasts Sep 30 '09 at 19:59

Try Visual History, which export the graph in Pajek and Gephi formats. https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/emnpecigdjglcgfabfnmlphhgfdifaan

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Funny, I spotted this in an earlier question/answer.

Firefox add-on about:me. Seems to be written for Firefox 3.5.

provides a fun way to see personalized patterns in browser usage, including trends in browsing history and download activity.

I'm a new user so I can't post a link to the question I spotted this on. "List all the about: pages in Firefox" or something like that. I'll link to it in a comment.

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here it is: superuser.com/questions/38274/list-of-firefoxs-about-pages/… ... snark posted it but molly's to blame for me reading it –  quack quixote Sep 30 '09 at 20:15

FromWhereToWhere for Firefox is able to do something like this, using referrer information (although generally you'll want to view the subtree for individual pages, which is the standard way to do it - building the tree for your entire history can be inefficient).

Note that it is perfectly able to display results from even before you installed it - which means that Firefox saves the necessary information by default - it just doesn't display it!

Disclaimer: the graph (or to be more specific, the tree) that it produces may not be a true record of your browsing history - or at least, not what you're looking for. For example, you may get surprising results if you use URLs like reddit.com/submit which submits an URL to reddit.com for discussion. Basically, it considers all referrers to and from a page. It doesn't know - and indeed can't know, because of the way it's designed - which of those is the correct one.

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I have never seen anything like this, but I upvoted it because I'm very interested. I've used a large number of browsers and have found nothing like it.

I know Chrome shows it as a straight time-tree, but obviously you want a more in-depth history than this.


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