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Fired each time the user visits a page. A history.HistoryItem object is passed to the listener. This event fires before the page has loaded.



Events have three functions:

Adds a listener to this event.
Stop listening to this event. The listener argument is the listener to remove.
Check whether listener is registered for this event. Returns true if it is listening, false otherwise.

addListener syntax



Function that will be called when this event occurs. The function will be passed the following arguments:


history.HistoryItem. An object representing the item in the browser's history.

At the time that this event is sent, the browser doesn't yet know the title of the page. If the browser has visited this page before and has remembered its old title, then the HistoryItem.title object will contain the old title of the page. If the browser doesn't have a record of the page's old title, then HistoryItem.title will be empty. To get the titles of pages as soon as they are known, listen for history.onTitleChanged.

Browser compatibility

ChromeEdgeFirefoxFirefox for AndroidOpera
Basic support Yes No501 No Yes

1. Before version 56, the result object's 'title' was always an empty string. From version 56 onwards, it is set to the last known title, if that is available, or an empty string otherwise.


Listen for visits, and log the URL and visit time.

function onVisited(historyItem) {
  console.log(new Date(historyItem.lastVisitTime));



This API is based on Chromium's chrome.history API. This documentation is derived from history.json in the Chromium code.

Microsoft Edge compatibility data is supplied by Microsoft Corporation and is included here under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 United States License.

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