Firefox: Disable the Download History

By default, Firefox keeps a history of everything that you have downloaded. While you could constantly maintain this list to keep it tidy, it is much easier to disable the download history completely. All of the files you download will usually be in your Downloads library under your User folder, unless you’ve manually changed your download folder, so disabling download history won’t cause you to lose any files.

By examining your download history, people can learn a lot about your internet habits. Many users feel uncomfortable knowing that anybody with access to their Firefox application can see all the files that had been previously downloaded. By completely disabling the Download History, this potential privacy weakness can be eliminated.

1. Click the orange Firefox button and select Downloads. (Protip: Press Control + J)

Firefox > Downloads

2. Click the Clear List button. Close the Downloads window.

Clear List

3. Click the orange Firefox button again, but this time hover over Options, then click Options. (It doesn’t matter which Options you click.)

Firefox > Options

4. Navigate to the Privacy tab. Under History, click the drop-down menu and select Use custom settings for history.

Custom Settings

5. Uncheck the Remember download history checkbox. Click the OK button to save your changes.

Uncheck Download History

 

About Aaron St. Clair

Aaron St. Clair is a tech guru studying Computer Science at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. When he's not tinkering with new gadgets, modding systems, or slaving away at the mercy of the Tech-Recipe overlords, you can find him exploring the high country.
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3 Responses to “Firefox: Disable the Download History”

  1. September 17, 2009 at 11:41 am, Guest said:

    Interesting post. I have made a twitter post about this. Hope others find it as interesting as I did.

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  2. July 15, 2013 at 9:53 pm, The Ogre said:

    Note that this no longer works since around version 15.0 of Firefox – they merged browser and download histories, so that you can’t choose to save one without saving the other, or clearing one without clearing the other. Only way now to clear your download history without also wiping your browser history is to manually go into the Ctrl-Shift-H history’s Download section and remove them there.

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