Enables extensions to clear the data that is accumulated while the user is browsing.

In the browsingData API, browsing data is divided into types:

  • browser cache
  • cookies
  • downloads
  • history
  • local storage
  • plugin data
  • saved form data
  • saved passwords

You can use the browsingData.remove() function to remove any combination of these types. There are also dedicated functions to remove each particular type of data, such as removePasswords(), removeHistory() and so on.

All the browsingData.remove[X]() functions take a browsingData.RemovalOptions object, which you can use to control two further aspects of data removal:

  • how far back in time to remove data
  • whether to remove data only from normal web pages, or also from hosted web apps and add-ons. Note that this option is not yet supported in Firefox.

Finally, this API gives you a browsingData.settings() function that gives you the current value of the settings for the browser's built-in "Clear History" feature.

To use this API you must have the "browsingData" API permission.

Types

browsingData.DataTypeSet
Object used to specify the type of data to remove: for example, history, downloads, passwords, and so on.
browsingData.RemovalOptions
Object used to specify how far back in time to remove data, and whether to remove data added through normal web browsing, by hosted apps, or by add-ons.

Methods

browsingData.remove()
Removes browsing data for the data types specified.
browsingData.removeCache()
Clears the browser's cache.
browsingData.removeCookies()
Removes cookies.
browsingData.removeDownloads()
Removes the list of downloaded files.
browsingData.removeFormData()
Clears saved form data.
browsingData.removeHistory()
Clears the browser's history.
browsingData.removeLocalStorage()
Clears any local storage created by websites.
browsingData.removePasswords()
Clears saved passwords.
browsingData.removePluginData()
Clears data associated with plugins.
browsingData.settings()
Gets the current value of settings in the browser's "Clear History" feature.

Browser compatibility

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DesktopMobile
ChromeEdgeFirefoxOperaFirefox for Android
DataTypeSet.cacheChrome Full support YesEdge No support NoFirefox Full support 53Opera Full support YesFirefox Android Full support 56
DataTypeSet.cookiesChrome Full support YesEdge No support NoFirefox Full support 53Opera Full support YesFirefox Android Full support 56
DataTypeSet.downloadsChrome Full support YesEdge No support NoFirefox Full support 53Opera Full support YesFirefox Android Full support 56
DataTypeSet.fileSystemsChrome Full support YesEdge No support NoFirefox No support NoOpera Full support YesFirefox Android No support No
DataTypeSet.formDataChrome Full support YesEdge No support NoFirefox Full support 53Opera Full support YesFirefox Android Full support 56
DataTypeSet.historyChrome Full support YesEdge No support NoFirefox Full support 53Opera Full support YesFirefox Android Full support 56
DataTypeSet.indexedDBChrome Full support YesEdge No support NoFirefox Full support 57Opera Full support YesFirefox Android No support No
DataTypeSet.localStorageChrome Full support YesEdge No support NoFirefox Full support 57Opera Full support YesFirefox Android No support No
DataTypeSet.passwordsChrome Full support YesEdge No support NoFirefox Full support 53Opera Full support YesFirefox Android No support No
DataTypeSet.pluginDataChrome Full support YesEdge No support NoFirefox Full support 53Opera Full support YesFirefox Android No support No
DataTypeSet.serverBoundCertificatesChrome Full support YesEdge No support NoFirefox No support NoOpera Full support YesFirefox Android No support No
DataTypeSet.serviceWorkersChrome Full support YesEdge No support NoFirefox Full support 53Opera Full support YesFirefox Android No support No
RemovalOptions.hostnamesChrome No support NoEdge No support NoFirefox Full support 56Opera No support NoFirefox Android No support No
RemovalOptions.originTypesChrome Full support YesEdge No support NoFirefox No support NoOpera Full support YesFirefox Android No support No
RemovalOptions.sinceChrome Full support YesEdge No support NoFirefox Full support 53
Notes
Full support 53
Notes
Notes since is not supported with the following data types: cache, indexedDB, localStorage, and serviceWorkers.
Opera Full support YesFirefox Android Full support 56
Notes
Full support 56
Notes
Notes since is not supported with the following data types: cache, indexedDB, localStorage, and serviceWorkers.
removeChrome Full support YesEdge No support NoFirefox Full support 53
Notes
Full support 53
Notes
Notes Specifying dataTypes.history will also remove download history and service workers.
Opera Full support YesFirefox Android Full support 57
Notes
Full support 57
Notes
Notes Specifying dataTypes.history will also remove download history and service workers.
removeCacheChrome Full support YesEdge No support NoFirefox Full support 53
Notes
Full support 53
Notes
Notes removalOptions.since is not supported.
Opera Full support YesFirefox Android Full support 57
Notes
Full support 57
Notes
Notes removalOptions.since is not supported.
removeCookiesChrome Full support YesEdge No support NoFirefox Full support 53Opera Full support YesFirefox Android Full support 56
removeDownloadsChrome Full support YesEdge No support NoFirefox Full support 53Opera Full support YesFirefox Android Full support 57
removeFormDataChrome Full support YesEdge No support NoFirefox Full support 53Opera Full support YesFirefox Android Full support 57
removeHistoryChrome Full support YesEdge No support NoFirefox Full support 53
Notes
Full support 53
Notes
Notes This function also removes download history and service workers.
Opera Full support YesFirefox Android No support No
Notes
No support No
Notes
Notes See bug 1363010. browser.history.remove(options, {history:true}) can be used instead.
removeLocalStorageChrome Full support YesEdge No support NoFirefox Full support 57
Notes
Full support 57
Notes
Notes removalOptions.since is not supported.
Opera Full support YesFirefox Android No support No
Notes
No support No
Notes
Notes The method is defined but returns a rejected promise.
removePasswordsChrome Full support YesEdge No support NoFirefox Full support 53Opera Full support YesFirefox Android No support No
Notes
No support No
Notes
Notes See bug 1363012.
removePluginDataChrome Full support YesEdge No support NoFirefox Full support 53Opera Full support YesFirefox Android No support No
settingsChrome Full support YesEdge No support NoFirefox Full support 53Opera Full support YesFirefox Android Full support 56

Legend

Full support  
Full support
No support  
No support
See implementation notes.
See implementation notes.

Example extensions

Acknowledgements

This API is based on Chromium's chrome.browsingData API.

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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