Firefox CookieMan: manage Firefox cookies with this external program

Martin Brinkmann
Nov 23, 2018

Firefox CookieMan is a third-party program for Microsoft's Windows operating system to manage cookies.

Firefox includes a good set of tools to control and manage cookies and site data. Users of the browser may load about:preferences#privacy in the browser and activate "manage data" on the page to get the list of set cookies.

The menu lists each site that set a cookie in Firefox, the number of cookies that it set, the storage requirement, and the last use date.

While that may be sufficient when it comes to cookie management, some users may prefer an external program instead as it may offer better management options. A huge advantage of third-party programs is that they may be used to manage data from any profile instead of just the loaded one.

There are Firefox extensions that improve cookie management as well but they are all limited to the loaded profile.

Firefox CookieMan

Firefox CookieMan is such a program. It is compatible with all recent versions of the Windows operating system. You can run it right after you have downloaded its archive to the local system and extracted it. The application requires the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5.

Firefox CookieMan loads cookies from the default Firefox profile automatically on start. A click on the load profile button displays the list of identified profiles and a browse button to point the program to a profile that it did not locate.

The interface lists all domain names on the left in list form and information about the cookies on the right.

All cookies set by a specific domain are listed there; a click on a cookie displays the data that it contains as well as metadata such as the last access time or creation time.

edit cookies

A click on delete removes the selected cookies from Firefox and the domain from the list when the last cookie that it set is removed.

Edit on the other provides options to edit the selected cookie. You may use it to edit the cookie name, data, host or domain, path, expiration date, and other information, e.g. set or remove secure or same site flags. A click on the copy button copies the data to the clipboard.

Firefox CookieMan lacks search functionality which Firefox's native cookies manager supports.

Closing Words

Firefox CookieMan is a useful program for Windows to manage cookies of the Firefox browser. The program supports different Firefox profiles and easy to use functionality.

It lacks a search feature, however, which makes it difficult to work with if you work with large cookie sets or want to find cookies based on text you enter. Filter options, e.g. to display cookies based on a time range or only third-party cookies, and options to clear all cookies, are missing.

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  1. Fak said on November 26, 2018 at 10:14 pm

    manage? for me is “delete after closing the browser” all the way!

  2. Account unknown said on November 24, 2018 at 10:51 am

    For me Firefox has become the Windows 10 of browsers.

    1. Bobby Phoenix said on November 26, 2018 at 9:28 pm

      Me too! Barring the buggy “feature” release (They do finally fix them) Windows 10 is the best OS to ever come out. Super stable, and very feature packed and useful.

  3. JEAN FRANCOIS PAQUET said on November 23, 2018 at 5:18 pm

    About “Firefox extensions that improve cookie management” : most if not all of them are unfortunately not compatible with Firefox Quantum.
    CookieMan lacks the most interesting feature : protect cookies (like Cookie Keeper did)

  4. Tom Hawack said on November 23, 2018 at 4:59 pm

    Concerning Firefox’s cookies’ management I use the ‘Cookie Quick Manager’ FF extension.
    Concerning Firefox’s cookies’ authorizations I use the ‘Forget me Not’ FF extension.

    I’m not really fond of external applications peeking on Firefox data neither am I of .Net Framework applications even if I do run a few.

    Firefox Quantum (57+) indeed offers in its about:preferences#privacy the Manage Data section but it no longer provides cookies’ content as previous versions did. Hence, once again, the need of a dedicated extension or external application such as this ‘Firefox CookieMan’.

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