Copy/Export cookies from Chrome to use on other machines

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Is there a process to properly copy a cookie out of my computer so it can be used on a different computer?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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Commented:
Try Nirsoft Cookie View, Manager

https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/iecookies.html

You can try this, but cookies are largely unique to user and computer.  A new user on a new computer has a different underlying identifier so moving the cookies will not likely work
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Commented:
Just curious as to why you want to transfer cookies to another computer?

But there are some plugins that will do that, like this one: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/editthiscookie/fngmhnnpilhplaeedifhccceomclgfbg

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The reason to copy cookies is to do QA testing and make a browser environment identical to another, yet on a different computer.

It saves a lot of time & effort to reset cookies versus have to restore the entire VM.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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Commented:
You need to try the Nirsoft tools I suggested.  However, there is a good chance this will not work for the reasons I noted earlier.
ZeropointNRGHedge Fund Manager

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Another option is to use this extension for Chrome.

The extension will open in a new tab once installed. (Close the website it opens on first use and leave the editor open.)

  1. The "Manage stored cookies" window will show.
  2. Highlight the cookie you want to move.
  3. On the right side of the highlighted cookie there are 3 icons.
  4. Click the middle one to (add to encrypted storage)
  5. Repeat this for all cookies you want to move to your new device.
  6. When you're done, click the "Encrypted storage" menu at the top left
  7. Click BACKUP at the footer of the Encrypted storage window.
  8. Enter your password again and it will create a database file called "cookies.db" located in your default download location.
  9. On the bottom left you can click the arrow of the created cookie.db file and choose to open the files location.
  10. Transfer/copy that file to the new device.
  11. Install or sync the "cookies" app to the new browser
  12. Click "Encrypted storage" at the top left again and this time click RESTORE."
  13. Locate the cookies.db file and enter your password again.
Done.
Gerwin Jansen, EE MVETopic Advisor
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Commented:
@John - You are suggesting to try an Internet Explorer tool from Nirsoft - the question is about Chrome so it will not work.
ZeropointNRGHedge Fund Manager

Commented:
I love that extension, Gerwin..

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This gave me good visibility into the cookies, thanks!

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