History Book - Browse & Search 4+

Search your browsing history

And a Dinosaur

    • 5.0 • 3 Ratings
    • $6.99


History Book automatically saves your browsing history for searching later.

By default, it only auto-saves pages that contain an article, so you don’t have to worry about it saving your sensitive data.

If you want, you can configure it to auto-save every webpage. If you are feeling paranoid, you can disable auto-save entirely. You can also exclude websites that you never want to auto-save.

You can use it as a read-it-later app, but I mostly use it as a search app.

For privacy reasons, History Book stores your browsing history in iCloud. Apart from the iCloud sync, History Book does not collect, store, or transmit any personal information.

History Book has no in-app purchases, no ads, and no tracking. It’s a universal purchase, so you only have to buy it once to use it on iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

- The app uses readability.js to check whether a webpage is readable. It is likely to produce both false positives and false negatives.
- The app is written in SwiftUI, which means there are some not-quite-standard behaviors and UI bugs that I can’t fix.
- The app uses iCloud for syncing.

Note: The “can read information from webpages” text in the permission section is just unfortunate wording. History Book needs access to the web page to save the content. It’s not doing anything creepy!

What’s New

Version 1.0.7

- Added a button in the Service preferences to rebuild the search index.
- Updated deduplication code.

Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
3 Ratings

3 Ratings

attaboyBrad ,

Works Great and is the coolest new app I’ve seen in a couple of years.

This is a fantastic extension. The design is nice and it does exactly what it says on the tin. I love that it emphasizes privacy and doesn’t rely on a subscription (though I’ll definitely be tipping from time to time if I can find a tip jar IAP).

It’s the rare app that still gives the “i can’t believe what my device can do” feeling from the early 2010s, but this is one of them.

Joehv ,

Works great

Love how this app works. Remembers everything and the layout is great.
Would be great to have the option of parsing articles into folders from safari, and maybe a font of reading mode that utilizes something like the Bionic reading API or the dyslexia font to help with easier reading.
Still, Great app.

Bjorn Larsen (@bjorn) ,


I’ve been waiting for something like this since I first started using the web almost 30 years ago. Perfect design that does exactly what it should.

App Privacy

The developer, And a Dinosaur, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More


  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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