IEHistoryView v1.70 - View Visited Web Sites of Internet Explorer
Copyright (c) 2003 - 2011 Nir Sofer

See Also

  • MyLastSearch - View your latest searches with major search engines.
  • SkypeLogView - View Skype Logs ( incoming/outgoing calls, chat messages, and file transfers)
  • BrowsingHistoryView - View the browsing history of popluar Web browsers - IE, Firefox, Chrome, and Safari.
  • IECacheView - Internet Explorer Cache Viewer
  • All In One Keylogger - Invisible Keylogger surveillance, Keystrokes Recorder, Spy Software tool that registers every activity on your PC to encrypted logs.

Description

Each time that you type a URL in the address bar or click on a link in Internet Explorer browser, the URL address is automatically added to the history index file. When you type a sequence of characters in the address bar, Internet Explorer automatically suggests you all URLs that begins with characters sequence that you typed (unless AutoComplete feature for Web addresses is turned off). However, Internet Explorer doesn't allow you to view and edit the entire URL list that it stores inside the history file.

This utility reads all information from the history file on your computer, and displays the list of all URLs that you have visited in the last few days. It also allows you to select one or more URL addresses, and then remove them from the history file or save them into text, HTML or XML file. In addition, you are allowed to view the visited URL list of other user profiles on your computer, and even access the visited URL list on a remote computer, as long as you have permission to access the history folder.

Notice: Currently, IEHistoryView doesn't support IE10 and IE11. In order to view the history of IE10/IE11 , you can use BrowsingHistoryView utility.

Versions History

Date Version Description
13/12/20111.70
  • Added 'File Position' column, which displays the position of the record inside the index.dat file.
11/08/20111.65
  • Added 'Hide File:// Items' option. When it's turned on, all file system history entries won't be displayed.
  • Added new command-line option: -hidefileitems and -showtypedurls
30/06/20111.62
  • Fixed bug: IEHistoryView failed to work properly when using more than 5 command-line values.
16/04/20111.61
  • Fixed the URL and Title length limitation on HTML reports.
23/03/20111.60
  • IEHistoryView now also reads the 'Low' subfolder located under the base history folder, on Windows 7/2008/Vista. You can control which folders to read by using 'Read History From Base Folder' and 'Read History From Low Folder' options (under the View menu).
  • Also added 'Low Folder' column, which displays 'Yes' if the history item loaded from the 'Low' folder.
17/03/20111.57
  • Added 'Mark Odd/Even Rows' option, under the View menu. When it's turned on, the odd and even rows are displayed in different color, to make it easier to read a single line.
30/01/20111.56
  • Added -lastdays command-line option, for displaying/saving only the history items from the last xx days.
22/12/20101.55
  • Added 'Show Time In GMT' option. When it's turned on, the date/time values are displayed in GMT, according to the time zone settings of Windows.
19/10/20101.52
  • Fixed issue: IEHistoryView failed to locate the history folder of another profile on non-English versions of Windows.
13/10/20101.51
  • You can now send the IE history information to stdout by specifying an empty filename ("") in the command-line of all save parameters.
    For example: iehv.exe /stab "" >> c:\temp\iehis.txt
25/09/20101.50
  • Added support for loading the history of all profiles in the current running system. In order to use this feature, go to 'Select User Profile' (Ctrl+U) and choose 'Load all profiles'. Be aware that the delete option is not supported when working in multiple profiles mode.
  • Added -allprofiles command-line option to save the history of all user profiles.
02/12/20091.45
  • Fixed bug: The combination of -folder and save command-line parameters didn't work well.
27/10/20091.44
  • Fixed bug: The 'Select By URL' was limited to 8 lines.
  • Fixed the focus problems when a dialog-box is closed.
22/10/20091.43
  • Fixed bug: IEHistoryView displayed 'Error 18' message if one of the history subfolders didn't contain index.dat filename.
18/10/20091.42
  • Added sorting command-line options.
03/09/20091.41
  • Added -allsubfolders option for saving the data of all history subfolders from command-line.
25/03/20091.40
  • The 'View All Subfolders' option is now automatically selected by default.
  • The settings of IEHistoryView are now saved into ini file instead of the Registry.
  • When selecting a profile and the history folder name is in non-English language, IEHistoryView will try to locate the right history folder of the profile according to the history folder name of the current user.
26/05/20081.37
  • Fixed bug: The main window lost the focus when the user switched to another application and then returned back to IEHistoryView.
08/09/20071.36
  • Added new option: Show All Google Searches.
30/05/20071.35
  • Updated the 'Select User Profile' option to work properly under Vista.
28/01/20071.34
  • Dates are now formatted according to user locale, instead of system locale in previous versions.
21/07/20061.33
  • A tooltip is displayed when a string in a column is longer than the column length.
  • New option: Copy URL. (Copy to the clipboard only the URL)
30/06/20061.32
  • Fixed bug: '???????????' string appeared in the title, while it should be empty.
  • Fixed bug: Wrong 'Modified Date' values on IE6 with XP/SP2 and IE7.
03/12/20051.31
  • -folder and -user options now can be used without a save command - for loading IEHistoryView with specified folder or user.
12/10/20051.30
  • New option: View All Subfolders - View all subfolders in one chunk.
  • New column: Subfolder - Display the Subfolder name when 'View all subfolders' option is turned on.
  • Added XP style support.
  • Fixed bug: Open links that doesn't contain the 'http://' string.
  • Added more accelerator keys.
27/06/20041.22
  • Bug fix: Typed URLs displayed even when this option is not selected.
01/06/20041.21
  • Ability to translate to other languages.
  • Copy to clipboard in tab-delimited format.
  • Minor changes in HTML reports.
14/01/20041.20
  • New option: View older URLs list from subfolders under the main history folder. ('Select History Subfolder' in File menu)
  • New option to create URL shortcuts of the selected URLs.
  • New option: Delete all items except...
  • Improvement in HTML report display to avoid oversized columns.
  • Clicking on the URL in HTML report opens the URL in new browser window.
21/12/20031.10 Added command-line support
01/11/20031.00 First Release

System Requirement

This utility works on any version of Windows operating system with Internet Explorer version 4.00 or greater.

Download links are on the bottom of this page

Using IEHistoryView

IEHistoryView is provided as standalone executable, so it doesn't require any installation process or additional DLLs. Just copy the executable (iehv.exe) to any folder you like, and run it.
After you run it, the main window displays the list of all URLs stored in the history file of the current logged on user. If you want to view the history information of other users on your computer, choose the "Select User Profile" from the file menu, and select the desired user profile.
If you want to view the history information of another computer on a network, connect to the desired network drive, and from the File menu, choose "Select History Folder", and select the history folder in the remote drive.

Notice: The Hits Column

Many poeple ask me about the meaning of the Hits column in the History file of Internet Explorer. So here's a small explanation: Generally, the Hits value should display the number of times that you visited the specified URL. However, in many records, you may notice that when you visit the URL, the number of hits grows by more than one. It might grow by 2, 3, 5, or even 15.
I don't know the exact "formula" that Microsoft uses to calculate the hits value. This means that you cannot use the Hits column to detemine the exact number of times that you visited a Web site.

Notice: Time Zone

When you use this tool to inspect the IE history of another computer, The time zone settings of Windows (including Daylight saving time) in the computer the runs IEHistoryView must be the same as the time zone settings of the computer that created the history file. That's because the Modified Time in some of the history records is saved in GMT, while the Modified Time in other records is saved in local time, and IEHistoryView has to correct the Modified Time according to the correct time zone.

The Typed URLs List

Most URLs that you visit are saved in the History folder. However, Internet Explorer also saves the last 25 URLs that you typed in the following Registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\TypedURLs
By default, IEHistoryView doesn't display the URLs list from the Registry, but you can change this setting by choosing the "Display Typed URLs" option under the View menu. If this option is selected, the URLs list in the Registry are displayed, in addition to the list of all URLs stored in the History folder. You can distinguish between the 2 types of URLs by looking at the 'Hits' column or at the one of the dates columns. As opposed to the URLs extracted from the History folder, The URLs from the Registry doesn't provide any additional information except the URL itself, so the other columns contains 'N/A' string (Not Available).
Be aware that the typed URLs list can only be displayed for your local system. You cannot view the typed URLs list if choose to watch the history data from another computer or from another operating system.

Deleting URLs From The History File

IEHistoryView allows you to delete URL items from the history file and from the typed URLs list in the Registry. In order to that, select the URLs that you want to delete, and press the Del key.

Viewing Older History Information

In some circumstances, Internet Explorer saves some older history information in subfolders located under the main history folder. Starting from version 1.20, you can view the history information stored in these subfolders by using the 'Select History Subfolder' option in the File menu.

About The History Folder

The location of the history folder is different from one operating system to another.
On Windows 98, the history folder is located under your Windows directory. For example: If your Windows 98 is installed under c:\win98, the history folder is c:\win98\history
On Windows 2000/XP, the History folder is located inside "Local Settings" folder of your user profile. For Example: C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\History. The "Local Settings" folder is hidden by default, so you won't see this folder unless your system is configured to display hidden files and folders.
In most systems, IEHistoryView automatically identify your current History folder and uses it as default. However, you can always select History folder from another location by using the "Select History Folder" option under the File menu.

Be aware that when you watch the History folder from Windows environment, it doesn't show you the real files inside this folder, but instead it displays the history shell extension that provides limited information about the sites you visited.

Command-Line Options

Syntax: iehv [/Action] ["Destination File"] {-Source Type} {"Source"}

[/Action] can be one of the following options:
/stext Saves the URLs list into a text file specified in ["Destination File"] parameter.
/stab Saves the URLs list into tab-delimited text file specified in ["Destination File"] parameter.
/shtml Saves the URLs list into HTML file specified in ["Destination File"] parameter.
/sverhtml Saves the URLs list into vertical HTML file file specified in ["Destination File"] parameter.
/stabular Saves the URLs list into tabular text file specified in ["Destination File"] parameter.
/sxml Saves the URLs list into xml file specified in ["Destination File"] parameter.
/sort <column> This command-line option can be used with other save options for sorting by the desired column. If you don't specify this option, the list is sorted according to the last sort that you made from the user interface. The <column> parameter can specify the column index (0 for the first column, 1 for the second column, and so on) or the name of the column, like "URL" and "Modified Date". You can specify the '~' prefix character (e.g: "~Modified Date") if you want to sort in descending order. You can put multiple /sort in the command-line if you want to sort by multiple columns.

Examples:
iehv.exe /shtml "f:\temp\iehv.html" /sort 2 /sort ~1
iehv.exe /shtml "f:\temp\iehv.html" /sort "~Modified Date"

/nosort When you specify this command-line option, the list will be saved without any sorting.

The {-Source Type} parameter is optional. If you don't specify it, the URLs will be loaded from the default History folder on your system.
This parameter may contain one of the following values:
-folder Loads the URLs list from the folder specified in {"Source"} parameter.
-user Loads the URLs list of the user specified in {"Source"} parameter.
-allsubfolders [0 | 1] Determines whether IEHistoryView should save the history items from all subfolders. 1 = yes, 0 = no.
-allprofiles [0 | 1] Determines whether IEHistoryView should save the history items from all user profiles. 1 = yes, 0 = no.
-lastdays [days] Loads only the history items from the last xx days.
-hidefileitems [0 | 1] Determines whether IEHistoryView should hide the file system history items. 1 = yes, 0 = no.
-showtypedurls [0 | 1] Determines whether IEHistoryView should display the typed URLs list from the Registry. 1 = yes, 0 = no.

Examples:
iehv -folder "c:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\History"
iehv /shtml "c:\temp\urls.html"
iehv /stext "c:\temp\urls.txt" -user admin2
iehv /stext "c:\temp\urls1.txt" -folder "c:\windows\history"
iehv /shtml "c:\temp\urls.html" -allsubfolders 1
iehv /shtml "c:\temp\urls.html" -allsubfolders 1 /sort "URL"
iehv /shtml "c:\temp\urls.html" -allprofiles 1
iehv /shtml "c:\temp\urls.html" -lastdays 7

Translating to other languages

IEHistoryView allows you to easily translate all menus, dialog-boxes, and other strings to other languages.
In order to do that, follow the instructions below:
  1. Run IEHistoryView with /savelangfile parameter:
    iehv.exe /savelangfile
    A file named iehv_lng.ini will be created in the folder of IEHistoryView utility.
  2. Open the created language file in Notepad or in any other text editor.
  3. Translate all menus, dialog-boxes, and string entries to the desired language.
  4. After you finish the translation, Run IEHistoryView, and all translated strings will be loaded from the language file.
    If you want to run IEHistoryView without the translation, simply rename the language file, or move it to another folder.

License

This utility is released as freeware. You are allowed to freely distribute this utility via floppy disk, CD-ROM, Internet, or in any other way, as long as you don't charge anything for this. If you distribute this utility, you must include all files in the distribution package, without any modification !

Disclaimer

The software is provided "AS IS" without any warranty, either expressed or implied, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. The author will not be liable for any special, incidental, consequential or indirect damages due to loss of data or any other reason.

Feedback

If you have any problem, suggestion, comment, or you found a bug in my utility, you can send a message to nirsofer@yahoo.com

Download IEHistoryView

IEHistoryView is also available in other languages. In order to change the language of IEHistoryView, download the appropriate language zip file, extract the 'iehv_lng.ini', and put it in the same folder that you Installed IEHistoryView utility.

LanguageTranslated ByDateVersion
Brazilian PortugueseAllan Slarsen 06/01/20111.55
DutchJan Verheijen 15/12/20111.70
FrenchLabbaipierre 29/07/2006 
French  18/11/2007 
Galician  13/08/2004 
German ęLatinoĽ auf WinTotal.de 22/04/20141.70
Greek geogeo.gr 26/10/20111.65
Hebrew  29/04/2011 
HungarianSzalayZ 17/12/20111.70
Italian  07/01/2006 
Japanese  20/07/2005 
Norwegian  06/06/2009 
Polish  18/08/2006 
Romanian Jaff (Oprea Nicolae) 22/12/20131.70
Russian  14/12/2011 
Simplified Chinese Lewen@≤©—ҔӖý 11/08/20111.62
Spanish  21/10/2006 
Taiwanese  30/03/2009 
Traditional Chinese  13/09/2006 
Turkish fero74 27/05/2008 
Valencian vjatv 25/03/2008