Export/Import Chrome and Chromium history

For a long time I had wanted to do this, because there are so many useful sites that I haven't bookmarked and not even remember the name. So I tried to find a direct tool in Chrome to export and import the history, but unfortunately I couldn't find it. However, I did find this webpage, where they gave me the data I needed to solve it.
The Chrome/Chromium history files (as well as cookies, passwords and others) are stored in this folders:

  • Linux: /home/$USER/.config/google-chrome/
  • Linux: /home/$USER/.config/chromium/
  • Windows Vista (and Win 7): C:\Users\[USERNAME]\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\
  • Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\[USERNAME]\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\

So all you need to do is backup those folders and then paste them into your new browser if for some reason you have to format or re-install your OS, or just use the same configuration in another computer.
I know there must be a simple way to merge histories from several users, but I just found this today so still haven't devoted time to it. Anyway, I hope someone finds this useful.


  1. I just made a chrome extension that lets you export your entire Chrome history as a csv Excel-readable spreadsheet and json: