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extract all urls from firefox sessionstore

Terminal - extract all urls from firefox sessionstore
sed -e "s/\[{/\n/g" -e "s/}, {/\n/g" sessionstore.js | grep url | awk -F"," '{ print $1 }'| sed -e "s/url:\"\([^\"]*\)\"/\1/g" -e "/^about:blank/d" > session_urls.txt
2009-06-14 15:08:31
User: birnam
Functions: awk grep sed
extract all urls from firefox sessionstore

This will extract all of the urls from a firefox session (including urls in a tab's history). The sessionstore.js file is in ~/.mozilla/firefox/{firefox profile}


There are 8 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
grep -oP '"url":"\K[^"]+' $(ls -t ~/.mozilla/firefox/*/sessionstore.js | sed q)
2009-12-09 20:34:32
User: sputnick
Functions: grep ls sed

Require "grep -P" ( pcre ).

If you don't have grep -P, use that :

grep -Eo '"url":"[^"]+' $(ls -t ~/.mozilla/firefox/*/sessionstore.js | sed q) | cut -d'"' -f4
perl -lne 'print for /url":"\K[^"]+/g' $(ls -t ~/.mozilla/firefox/*/sessionstore.js | sed q)
2009-12-14 00:51:54
User: sputnick
Functions: ls perl sed

If you want all the URLs from all the sessions, you can use :

perl -lne 'print for /url":"\K[^"]+/g' ~/.mozilla/firefox/*/sessionstore.js

Thanks to tybalt89 ( idea of the "for" statement ).

For perl purists, there's JSON and File::Slurp modules, buts that's not installed by default.

sed -e 's/{"url":/\n&/g' ~/.mozilla/firefox/*/sessionstore.js | cut -d\" -f4

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Or, from anywhere in user's workspace:

sed -e "s/\[{/\n/g" -e "s/}, {/\n/g" "$(find $HOME -name "sessionstore.js")" | grep url | awk -F"," '{ print $1 }'| sed -e "s/url:\"\([^\"]*\)\"/\1/g" -e "/^about:blank/d"

Comment by plasticdoc 337 weeks and 1 day ago

Good update plasticdoc -- but be aware that this will pull urls from every sessionstore you have - so if you run multiple profiles of firefox like I do, this will return urls from all of them. This might be what you want, maybe not.

Comment by birnam 337 weeks ago

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