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Starting in Firefox 3, a new file format was used to record browser history information. Rather than storing this information in a flat file using the mork file format (as was done in previous versions of Firefox), the information is kept in sqlite tables within a file.
On linux systems, the history file is located in the users home folder in the .mozilla/firefox/<profile folder>/ folder and is named places.sqlite. On Windows systems, the history file is located in C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Application Data\Mozilla\firefox\Profiles\<profile folder> and is named places.sqlite.
The places.sqlite file is essentially a database with multiple tables:
moz_bookmarks moz_bookmarks_itemindex moz_bookmarks_parentindex moz_bookmarks_roots moz_keywords moz_favicons (actually stored the favicons in a BLOB within the table) moz_annos moz_annos_placeattributeindex moz_attributes moz_items_annos moz_items_annos_itemattributeindex moz_places (See Below) moz_places_url_uniqueindex moz_places_faviconindex moz_places_hostindex moz_places_visitcount moz_places_frequencyindex moz_historyvists (See Below) moz_historyvists_placedateindex moz_historyvists_fromindex moz_historyvists_dateindex moz_inputhistory sqlite_autoindex_moz_bookmarks_roots_1 sqlite_autoindex_moz_keywords_1 sqlite_sequence sqlite_autoindex_moz_favicons_1 sqlite_autoindex_moz_anno_attributes_1 sqlite_autoindex_moz_inputhistory_1
The moz_places table holds some of the information necessary to reconstruct the browser history.
id INTEGER PRIMARY KEY url LONGVARCHAR (The whole URL string) title LONGVARCHAR (The title presented from the TITLE tags on the page) rev_host LONGVARCHAR (this is the host name from the URL in reverse) visit_count INTEGER hidden INTEGER typed INTEGER favicon_id INTEGER frequency INTEGER
The moz_historyvisits table holds the other information that you need to link up with moz_places to reconstruct the browser history.
id INTEGER from_visit INTEGER place_id INTEGER visit_date INTEGER visit_time INTEGER session INTEGER