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In Google Chrome, is there a built-in method to make an HTML file I can save to my local machine, like the file for bookmarks?

If not, is there an extension that does the same?

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It's even simpler than using an extension: the History page in Chrome is already an HTML page, as are all the other panes and pages in Chrome.

Simply right-click on an empty part of the page, select Save As... and save as full HTML. If you re-open in Chrome, it'd render the same, icons and all. If you try opening the resulting page in a different browser, you'd still get all the history data, just not the styles and icons.

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God Forbid! Google ever think to make that obvious on the History page as they do with the GUI on the Bookmarks Manager page. Cool. –  MountainMan May 31 '13 at 22:30
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Actually, that doesn't really work, because the history is iframed and paged, so you only get a tiny little bit of your browsing history. –  Quandary Sep 7 '13 at 18:15
    
It worked on Chrome 28 on my Mac. But even if it doesn't work for you, right click in the I frame and choose "save frame source" –  Traveling Tech Guy Sep 8 '13 at 6:03
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Even if it works, it will only grab the current results, not the whole history. –  Synetech Dec 28 '13 at 21:15

In Mac:

sudo port install sqlite3
cd /Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/Default
sqlite3 History "select datetime(last_visit_time/1000000-11644473600,'unixepoch'),url from  urls order by last_visit_time desc" > ~/history_export.txt 

In Windows:

cd C:\Users\Sashka\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default
sqlite History "select datetime(last_visit_time/1000000-11644473600,'unixepoch'),url from  urls order by last_visit_time desc" > history_export.txt

This could take a really long time if you are on Windows and do not have SSD.

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And where does the HTML part come in? –  Synetech Dec 28 '13 at 21:16
    
That's a plain text. However it could be useful for Mac users because the previous method works only in Windows –  Antonio Dec 28 '13 at 22:18
    
Yes, I know, but the question is about how the Chrome history can be exported to HTML, not plain-text. –  Synetech Dec 28 '13 at 22:20
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A couple of things have changed since this answer <superuser.com/a/694283/459638>; was written (on the mac side of things at least, can't speak for Windows side). 1. sqlite is now (always was?) shipped with OSX so no need to install it. 2. The path for Chrome's app data has changed. Now the command you should use is: cd ~/Library/Application\ Support/Google/Chrome/Default/ –  Callum Gare Jun 17 at 4:45

There is a tool called Chrome History View that exports to several different formats, including HTML. There is a writeup of the tool here.

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I just created a Chrome extension that exports your Chrome history in csv and json called Export History.

You can open the json file in Chrome and view it like a webpage if you install the JSONView extension, and can open the csv file in Excel or Numbers.

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I have 2 questions: 1) Is it paid extension or payment is only an option 2) Why it requires me to login into google account? –  yatsa Jan 19 at 9:09
    
1) payment is an option for CSV exports; JSON exports are free. 2) the google login is for the Google payment system, which you only need if you upgrade. I should fix that to only require a login if you're upgrading. –  cgenco Jan 20 at 11:56

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