I usually setup chrome (browser) to restore windows and tabs from last time.

I recently crashed a ubuntu install, but managed to recover the /home directory. (And all others - it just won't boot anymore.)

I've got another computer with Chrome installed.

How can I launch chrome on another computer and restore the windows and tabs as recorded on the other hard disk?

Essentially I am assuming one can find a directory in which chrome stores all its data required to restore tabs and windows. Then copy this from my hard disk from the old system to the hard disk of my system which will boot. I hope then when I run chrome it will pickup the data copied across and restore my browsing session.

Is this possible?

Both computers run ubuntu 16.04 by the way.


Instructions for Chromium and Chrome

The user data is in ~/.config/chrome [for example] - first make a backup of your current browser status

sudo mv ~/.config/chrome ~/.config/chrome-backup

Then copy across from external disk

sudo cp -r /media/user/.../home/username/.config/chrome ~/.config

Not sure about other browsers yet

  • Other browsers are not important since the question is about Chrome, nevertheless for Firefox (and Thunderbird) it's ~/.mozilla. – Andrea Lazzarotto Aug 13 '16 at 19:41

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