How to Read The Google Chrome Cookies File on a Mac

I ran into a situation today where I needed to export the cookie data from my Chrome browser on a Mac. In other browsers, cookies are typically saved either in a human readable format like XML or plain text or in a series of files, one per cookie. Chrome, however, uses SQLLite to store its data.

On a Mac, the Chrome cookie file can be found in <username>/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/Default/Cookies. To view the data in this file, I grabbed the open source SQLLite Database Browser. The cookie data can be found in – you guessed it – the “cookies” table.

I’ve found that the Google team uses SQLLite frequently for data storage – it’s even the system of choice for data storage in Android. Having the SQLLite Database Browser installed ought to help those situations where you just want to dig through the data Google is storing on you machine.

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