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Where does Firefox store cookies in Linux? I searched everywhere but did not find anything.

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  • Yes, of course! File name: ~/.mozilla/firefox/<profile name>/cookies.sqlite.
    – Eddy_Em
    Jul 11, 2013 at 7:16
  • Please only ask one question per question. Also, the part about Windows is off topic; you should try Super User.
    – strugee
    Jul 11, 2013 at 7:48

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Firefox stores cookies in sqlite database ~/.mozilla/firefox/<profile path>/cookies.sqlite. You can have full access to it.

For example, to watch all cookies from stackoverflow.com you can do:

cd  ~/.mozilla/firefox/<profile path>/
sqlite3 cookies.sqlite
select * from moz_cookies where baseDomain glob '*stackoverflow*'

(replace here <profile path> by path of your firefox profile).

To see names of database fields do: .schema.

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    Just one thing to add. The SQLite Manager Firefox extension can open the current profile's databases and display the table data in sortable and searchable grid. Suitable for regular users not familiar with SQL syntax.
    – manatwork
    Jul 11, 2013 at 8:04
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    This has changed a number of times over the years; maybe you want to add Firefox version information and/or a link to the MozillaZine Knowledge Base
    – tripleee
    Jul 11, 2013 at 8:08
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Those answers are outdated in 2020 or at least it didn't work for me on OpenSUSE leap 15.2 Firefox 78.2

I followed the top rated answer with some tweaks found from googling so:

cd ~/.mozilla/firefox/<random string profile path>/

It seems that Mozilla has locked the database so you'll need to copy it

cp cookies.sqlite cooking.sqlite

Then you can do

sqlite3 cooking.sqlite

To list all the different tables if you need to sort by something other then domain

PRAGMA table_info(moz_cookies);

I get all those tables (note that baseDomain isn't there)

id| originAttributes | name| value| host | path | expiry | lastAccessed | creationTime | isSecure | isHttpOnly | inBrowserElement | sameSite | rawSameSite

SELECT * FROM moz_cookies WHERE host GLOB 'domain';

or

SELECT value FROM moz_cookies WHERE host GLOB 'domain';


Although this listed all my stored cookies I was not able to see "temporary" cookies, I confirmed it by running:

SELECT id FROM moz_cookies;

This gives me a list of 8 ID and if I go to Preference>security>manage data it list only 8

This shows how glob works because the answer wasn't really clear on that https://www.sqlitetutorial.net/sqlite-glob/

This is where I got the idea of just copying the cookie database, Note that the file needs to end with sqlite https://stackoverflow.com/questions/4706537/firefox-locks-places-sqlite

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Since you didn't specify if you were looking for that storage outside or inside of Firefox, another really good way to access and edit cookies comes from the Web Developer | Storage Inspector:

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You can add, remove, and edit cookies for a given web site.

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If you need a text file with the cookie information, you can dump all your cookies using different add-ons.

When I needed cookies for downloading using wget, I dumped using Export Cookies and then loaded them in wget using wget --load-cookies <cookiefile>

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Others have provided great detail. I would just like to add to the discussion that you can search through your cookies (and optionally remove them) by going into "Open Menu">Preferences>Privacy>"remove individual cookies" link.

For all intensive purposes, using the sqlite method provided to browse through the cookies database is of course far superior, as it is a database and you can use SQL statements on the data.

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