Saving your Google Web History before deleting it

I don't like where Google is headed, so I want to delete my web history. I also want to download it first.

Google's own "Data Liberation" website only shows how to download recent history via RSS. The URL looks like this:

    http://www.google.com/history/lookup?q=&output=rss&num=100

I fiddled around and found out it also takes a start parameter, e.g.

    http://www.google.com/history/lookup?q=&output=rss&num=100&start=500

It also accepts bigger numbers for the num parameter; the highest I tried with success was 1000.

Combining those two bits of information, I found out that my history has a little less than 9000 entries. I entered URLs like this into my browser and saved the XML results:

    http://www.google.com/history/lookup?q=&output=rss&num=1000&start=0
    http://www.google.com/history/lookup?q=&output=rss&num=1000&start=1000
    ....
    http://www.google.com/history/lookup?q=&output=rss&num=1000&start=8000

So after going through this trouble, I figured there must be a tool to do it, and there is. Check out this script from GeekLad.

Comments

Thank you for posting this! With 42k searches going back 5 years, it would have taken me a while.

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