How to clear the Firefox cache

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The Firefox cache temporarily stores images, scripts, and other parts of websites while you are browsing. This article describes how to clear the cache.

Clear the cache

  1. Click the menu button New Fx Menu and choose Options.Preferences.
  2. Select the Advanced panel.
  3. Click on the Network tab.
  4. In the Offline Storage section, click Clear Now.
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  5. Close the about:preferences page. Any changes you've made will automatically be saved.
  1. Click the menu button New Fx Menu and choose Options.Preferences.
  2. Select the Advanced panel.
  3. Click on the Network tab.
  4. In the Cached Web Content section, click Clear Now.
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  5. Close the about:preferences page. Any changes you've made will automatically be saved.

Automatically clear the cache

You can set Firefox to automatically clear the cache when Firefox closes:

  1. Click the menu button New Fx Menu and choose Options.Preferences.
  2. Select the Privacy panel.
  3. In the History section, set Firefox will: to Use custom settings for history.
  4. Select the check box for Clear history when Firefox closes. Clear Cache Win2 Clear Cache Mac2 Clear Cache Lin2
  5. Beside Clear history when Firefox closes, click the Settings... button. The Settings for Clearing History window will open.
  6. In the Settings for Clearing History window, click the check mark box next to Cache. Clear Cache Win3 Clear Cache Mac3 Clear Cache Lin3
  7. Click OK to close the Settings for Clearing History window.
  8. Close the about:preferences page. Any changes you've made will automatically be saved.