I'm using Chrome search engines chrome://settings/searchEngines for both shortcuts and personalized search with some predefined properties.

Unfortunately, recently I cleaned trash off search engines list and accidentally removed some of my custom shortcuts and hand-made "search engines". Is there any way to recover them?

I even have backup of my profile, but I found not where search engines are stored to restore them separately from other settings. So it seems I have to manually compare and copy-paste strings of search engines I want to get back.

(note that screenshot shows search engines in my work profile, and there are far fewer engines comparing to my private profile)


A crude way to do this is to keep a copy of Chrome's "Web Data" file located in Username\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default.

  • It's a .sqlitefile that can be open with something like sqlitebrowser.org. The search engine are in the table keywords – MagTun Jun 18 at 19:37

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