See where you've browsed with MozillaHistoryView

View your browser history without opening your browser with this standalone freeware.

NirSoft's MozillaHistoryView reads the history DAT file in Mozilla-based Web browsers such as Firefox as well as Netscape and displays your browsing history under a wide range of useful column headings. The built-in History feature in the latest version of Firefox also displays lots of useful information, it's true. But you must have Firefox open to use it. MozillaHistoryView is a standalone tool that reads history DAT files directly, whether your browser is open or not. You can save and export the data in various ways, too. The program also gives you greater flexibility in accessing multiple browser history files.

As with most of the NirSoft tools we've tried (and we've tried a lot of them) MozillaHistoryView is portable freeware that runs as soon as you click its unzipped program file. You can open multiple instances of the program if you wish.

MozillaHistoryView opens in two parts: a main interface with a window for displaying data in a list view that can be sorted in several ways, and a file selection dialog that offers far more options than the usual file browser, including limiting by date and count ranges, by comma-delineated lists for including or excluding specific URLs, and by specific titles.

Since Firefox was our only compatible browser, only its history file appeared in the drop-down list at the top of the box, though again, the ability to quickly pick from multiple history DAT files is one of the best reasons to have MozillaHistoryView on hand even if you mostly use the built-in Firefox History.

Clicking OK populated the main window with our Firefox history. MozillaHistoryView let us choose and rearrange the column headings, which mostly display the same data as the default tool, though sometimes the names are slightly different. We could save, copy, and export the data in various formats, create HTML reports, add grid lines to the display, and display GMT time and date.

Some folks are still using older versions of Firefox and even Netscape, for reasons ranging from necessity to nostalgia. MozillaHistoryView can read those history files, too, adding new capabilities to some old but still serviceable programs.

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