How to View and Clear Download History in Mozilla Firefox

Firefox on Windows, Mac, and Linux keeps track of everything you download in its library – unless you’re in private browsing mode and just close it. To clear your paths in another way, you will need to do it manually. Here’s how.

First, open Firefox. In any Firefox window, click on the menu button (three lines) and select “Downloads”. Or you can press Ctrl + J (Command + J on a Mac) on your keyboard.

In Firefox, click the menu button, then select "downloads."

The “Library” window will open in Firefox, with an emphasis on the “Downloads” history in the sidebar on the left. You will see a list of downloads in progress or completed, and you can perform several actions here, such as clicking the small folder icon next to any entry in the list to see the current location of the downloaded file.

Firefox Download Library

To remove a single downloaded file from your download history, right-click on the entry in the list and select “Remove from history” in the short menu that appears. This will not delete the file stored on your computer.

In Firefox, right-click on the file and select "Erase from history."

To clear your entire Firefox download history in the Library > Downloads window, click the Clear Downloads button on the toolbar.

warning: Clearing your download history in Firefox will not affect or delete files you have saved on your device. If you want to delete the files themselves, you will need to find their download sites and delete them manually.

In Firefox, click "Clear downloads."

After clicking Clear Downloads, your download history will disappear, and you can safely close the Library window.

Firefox’s private mode temporarily records your download history while you’re still in private mode, but once you close all private windows, your download history will be cleared automatically.

Just remember that downloaded files won’t be erased automatically: Firefox will forget it downloaded them, but you’ll have to manually delete them from your computer’s storage if you don’t want to put them.

Related: How to always start Mozilla Firefox in private browsing mode

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