February 22nd, 2012

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:


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


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:


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.