Is it possible to keep (or import) the Tor Browser's history data (not the bookmarks) when updating from an older version to TBB 5.0? And if so, then how?

Background: Using TBB as my "default browser" for almost one year now with LinuxMint, I somewhen decided to switch on the browsing history, as well as address completion and decent caching (due to data limits on my mobile internet connection).

I haven't agreed to update ever since though, because the former manual TBB update process would dispose of all the convenient history and completion data :-(

While trying out the new TBB 5.0 I discovered that it has a nice+smooth Auto-Updater (similar to the normal Firefox-Updater) which will probably keep these data from now on. Now that is great work, Thanks a lot! - But still, how can I transfer my old browsing history into the new version 5.0?

P.S. In case there is NO way - then how can I start-up the old TBB in an "offline mode" (i.e. without connecting to the Tor network), to use it just as a reference when searching for an old page address I can't remember any more?

Thank you very much in advance for any reply! Warm regards from Dresden, Germany - Ulf

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https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/recovering-important-data-from-an-old-profile#w_bookmarks-and-browsing-history Replace Browser/TorBrowser/Data/Browser/profile.default/places.sqlite file with old one.

  • Wow, precise brillant answer - worked for me right away (of course I had to switch-on caching and browsing history etc. in TBB 5 first ;) The web link also gives details on auto-complete history, passwords, certs etc.! Actually I did not expect an answer at all - the less in an few hours :-) So it was rather worthwhile to dig up some broken English for posting this question! Thank you very much indeed, dear user8143!!! Roger & Out, Ulf
    – Ulf K.
    Aug 15, 2015 at 17:22

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