You probably know what cookies are and what they do, and now you want to locate them physically on your Windows 10 PC. This was easy in the past when web browsers used to keep cookies individually in separate text files, in the user's folder or directly in the browser's installation directory. Nowadays, web browsers store their cookies in a file that's harder to find than you might expect. Read this article and see where do Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Opera, and Internet Explorer keep their cookies:
NOTE: The cookies folders and files from Windows 10 are hidden and marked as protected system items, so if you want to see them, you should first follow the steps from this guide: How to view all hidden files and folders in Windows 10.
The location of Google Chrome's cookies in Windows 10
Google Chrome stores all cookies in a single file called Cookies. The file is located at the following path: "C:\Users\Your User Name\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default."
Do not forget to replace "Your User Name" with the actual name of your user account. However, the information found inside the Cookies file is not human-readable. If you want to see and manage the cookies in Google Chrome, you should instead use the browser's interface. More details can be found here: 2 ways to view (and remove) the cookies stored in Google Chrome.
The location of Mozilla Firefox's cookies in Windows 10
Mozilla Firefox stores all the cookies, from all the websites that you visit, in a single file called cookies.sqlite. You can find it in your Firefox profile folder, at the following path: "C:\Users\Your User Name\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles". There you should find your profile folder, which is made of some random characters plus the default-release text. For example, my Firefox profile folder is called mjzda4kw.default-release.
In the Firefox profile folder, you should find the file called cookies.sqlite.
Unfortunately, you can't just open the cookies.sqlite file with a text editor and see the cookies inside. For this task you should use Firefox's built-in features. There's more information about that here: How to view and remove the cookies stored in Mozilla Firefox.
Where are Microsoft Edge's cookies located in Windows 10?
In the latest versions of Windows 10, Microsoft Edge does not have a specific cookies file. The reason is that Microsoft decided to make the cookies available only programmatically, using specific application programming interfaces (APIs). That's not something a regular user can do, unfortunately. However, if you have an older version of Windows 10, before 1709 Fall Creators Update, you might be able to find one or more cookies files in these locations:
- "C:\Users\Your User Name\AppData\LocalPackages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbweACMicrosoftEdgeCookies"
- "C:\Users\Your User Name\AppData\LocalPackages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbweAC#!001MicrosoftEdgeCookies"
- "C:\Users\Your User Name\AppData\LocalPackages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbweAC#!002MicrosoftEdgeCookies"
If you want to view and manage the cookies stored by Microsoft Edge, this tutorial might come in handy: How to view and remove the cookies stored in Microsoft Edge.
The location of Opera's cookies in Windows 10
Opera keeps all the cookies in a single file called Cookies, just like Google Chrome. The Cookies file is located at the following path: "C:\Users\Your User Name\AppData\Roaming\Opera Software\Opera Stable".
Because you can't just open and read the information stored by the Cookies, using any text editor, we recommend you read: 2 ways to view and remove the cookies stored in Opera.
Where are Internet Explorer's cookies located in Windows 10?
If you are running a Windows 10 version before 1709 Fall Creators Update, you can find the cookies files created by Internet Explorer at this path: "C:\Users\Your User Name\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCookies". In the latest versions of Windows 10 however, there are no cookies files anymore. The only thing you find is a deprecated.cookie file that only holds this text: "Cookies are no longer stored in files. Please use Internet*Cookie* APIs to access cookies."
Why did you want to know where the cookies are located?
When using modern web browsers, you can no longer manage cookies the old-fashioned way, using File Explorer. Cookies are stored in encrypted databases, and they are viewed using the web browsers themselves, or with third-party application programming interfaces. Before closing this tutorial, tell us why you wanted to know where the cookies files are found on your Windows 10 PC. Is it for work purposes or other reasons? Comment below and share your story.