Building CookieJar out of Firefox’s cookies.sqlite

Firefox 3 started to store it’s cookies in a SQLite database instead of the old plain-text cookie.txt. While Python’s cookielib module could read the old cookie.txt file, it doesn’t handle the new format. The following python snippet takes a CookieJar object and the path to Firefox cookies.sqlite (or a copy of it) and fills the CookieJar with the cookies from cookies.sqlite.

import sqlite3
import cookielib

def get_cookies(cj, ff_cookies):
    con = sqlite3.connect(ff_cookies)
    cur = con.cursor()
    cur.execute("SELECT host, path, isSecure, expiry, name, value FROM moz_cookies")
    for item in cur.fetchall():
        c = cookielib.Cookie(0, item[4], item[5],
            None, False,
            item[0], item[0].startswith('.'), item[0].startswith('.'),
            item[1], False,
            item[3], item[3]=="",
            None, None, {})
        print c

It works well for me, except that apperantly Firefox doesn’t save session cookies to the disk at all.

4 thoughts on “Building CookieJar out of Firefox’s cookies.sqlite

  1. Hey man,

    Thanks for the tip. I’m building a cookie dict from the Chrome cookie sql, and this was just the trick I was looking for.


  2. apperantly Firefox doesn’t save session cookies to the disk at all

    you can find the session cookies in sessionstore.js of the same directory

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