How to Ignore Cache When Refreshing Web Pages in Safari, Firefox, Chrome

Feb 5, 2007 - 1 Comment

Safari icon There are many occasions where you may need to refresh a webpage and that web sites cache, ignoring any locally stored cache files on the Mac so that you can pull a fresh version of a website from the web browser. Being able to ignore existing cached pages when loading a website is very useful and it’s quite simple. This is sometimes called a force refresh, and you can do it with every single browser app out there.

With that in mind, here is how to refresh a webpage and ignore the existing cached files in the most popular Mac OS X web browsers: Safari, Firefox, Chrome, and Camino. We’re going to cover all common web browser apps in OS X so that regardless of what your default browser is set to on the Mac, you’ll be able to force reset the cache on a webpage if you need to.

How to Force Refresh Web Pages & Refresh Cache in Web Browsers

Each of these options or commands will dump existing page cache, force the cache to refresh for the active web site or page, and load new cache for that page to the Mac.

Application Keystroke
Safari Shift-Click Refresh button
Chrome Command-Shift-R keystroke
Firefox Shift-Click Refresh button
Camino Option-Click Refresh button

You’ll find some of these force refresh options are the same in the browsers for Mac OS X as they are in Windows and even Linux.

Phew, easy to remember and easy to do overall, right? Time for a breather, that was complex. All jokes aside, this is so useful, you will use this often!

Web developers and designers in particular will get good use out of this, whether on a professional basis or just a hobby aspect. I’m willing to guess that a sizable portion of Mac users have been involved in some kind of web development before, be it posting to an iCloud or .Mac account, making a public photo sharing web page, or maybe even full fledged design of a website, or publishing a blog on one of the myriad of sites. So, developer or not, now you know how to refresh any web content and dump the cache to load a fresh version.

And no, this does not clear the cache from all web pages or the browser, it simply clears the old cache for the website that is refreshed, forcing new cache to generate.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks

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  1. senshikaze says:

    firefox is shift+click refresh button now.

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