We help IT Professionals succeed at work.

Access IE History file from VB

red_eye asked
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
Does anyone know how to pull a history listing from IE 4.x using VB?
Watch Question

Unlock this solution and get a sample of our free trial.
(No credit card required)

Is this what you are looking for?  I might have misunderstood.


The typed URL history would be of help but what I am also looking for is access to the URL history in the C:\windows\history folder. Any ideas on this? I am sorry I wasnt more clear with my question. I have increased the points to 175.

I think this might be what you are looking for.  This code will pull all urls out of the index.dat file in the c:\windows\history folder and print them in the debug window.  You can put them in an array or whatever.  You can modify this code if you need to get into the other dat files in that directory, but this one should be all you need.

Put this code in form load or button click or something...

Dim displacement As Integer
Dim dta As String
Dim i As Long
Dim j As Long

displacement = 119

Open "c:\windows\history\index.dat" For Binary As #1

dta = Space$(LOF(1))

Get #1, , dta

Close #1

i = InStr(i + 1, dta, "URLS ")

While i < Len(dta)
  If i > 0 Then
    j = InStr(i + displacement - 1, dta, Chr$(0))
    Debug.Print Mid$(dta, i + displacement, j - (i + displacement))
'  If i = 372481 Then Stop
  End If
  i = InStr(i + 1, dta, "URL ")
  If i = 0 Then End


I hope this is the correct answer.  If not then let me know.


PERFECT! Thank you very much! That is exactly what I was looking for. I bumped the point total to 200 for providing the actual working code which will be a great base to work from!! I will keep you in mind when the app goes into beta to see if you are interested in testing it. Thanks again!
Unlock the solution to this question.
Thanks for using Experts Exchange.

Please provide your email to receive a sample view!

*This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.


Please enter a first name

Please enter a last name

8+ characters (letters, numbers, and a symbol)

By clicking, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.