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Any idea why my bookmarked favicon has not/will not update and how I can get it to update?

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I have updated the favicon on a client site and yet my Firefox bookmark still shows the old favicon and will not update to the new one. I've cleared history and cache, deleted and re-bookmarked - all to no avail. One forum suggested an add on but the one they suggested isn't compatible with the latest version of Firefox, which I have.

Any ideas?

I have updated the favicon on a client site and yet my Firefox bookmark still shows the old favicon and will not update to the new one. I've cleared history and cache, deleted and re-bookmarked - all to no avail. One forum suggested an add on but the one they suggested isn't compatible with the latest version of Firefox, which I have. Any ideas?

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Clean your cache and cookies for your site then reload and look.

<link rel="icon" href="YOUR SITE/favicon.ico.gif" type="image/x-icon" />

<link rel="shortcut icon" href="YOUR SITE/favicon.ico" type="image/x-icon" />

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the-edmeister
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Try adding that website as a new bookmark! If you drag'n'drop a tab to the Bookmarks Toolbar, the Bookmarks Sidebar, or into one of the bookmarks drop-down menus, Firefox will save it as a new bookmark even though the same bookmark is already saved. That overrides Firefox disposition to not save a duplicate bookmark. Undocumented feature for saving bookmarks, plus the Favicon is saved immediately not on the first use of a new bookmark.

Then delete the existing saved bookmark, once you verify the new Favicon is the correct image.

Try adding that website as a new bookmark! If you drag'n'drop a tab to the Bookmarks Toolbar, the Bookmarks Sidebar, or into one of the bookmarks drop-down menus, Firefox will save it as a new bookmark even though the same bookmark is already saved. ''That overrides Firefox disposition to not save a duplicate bookmark. Undocumented feature for saving bookmarks, plus the Favicon is saved immediately not on the first use of a new bookmark.'' Then delete the existing saved bookmark, once you verify the new Favicon is the correct image.

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Sadly that didn't work. When I dragged the tab with the new favicon, as soon as it dropped into the bookmarks toolbar it reverted to the old favicon.

Any other ideas?

Sadly that didn't work. When I dragged the tab with the new favicon, as soon as it dropped into the bookmarks toolbar it reverted to the old favicon. Any other ideas?
the-edmeister
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The URL to that domain might be helpful. It would be nice to be able to see how the Favicon image is "set" to display in web browsers.

I am not a website creator, but back in the mid-00's I did have two personal websites where I "played with" it. Overall, the basic & original format of favicon.ico placed in the root directory of the website works best. "Hiding" the favicon image in folder (like /images/ as some people have done) could create problems, and using alternative image formats (PNG or GIF) has caused problem for web developers. https://www.w3.org/2005/10/howto-favicon

The URL to that domain might be helpful. It would be nice to be able to see how the Favicon image is "set" to display in web browsers. I am not a website creator, but back in the mid-00's I did have two personal websites where I "played with" it. Overall, the basic ''& original format'' of '''favicon.ico''' placed in the root directory of the website works best. "Hiding" the favicon image in folder ''(like /images/ as some people have done)'' could create problems, and using alternative image formats (PNG or GIF) has caused problem for web developers. https://www.w3.org/2005/10/howto-favicon

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I swapped out the png for a jpg. Same problem. The favicon is on the root directory - so that's not the issue.

I swapped out the png for a jpg. Same problem. The favicon is on the root directory - so that's not the issue.
Shadow110 1072 solutions 14836 answers

Chosen Solution

Clean your cache and cookies for your site then reload and look.

<link rel="icon" href="YOUR SITE/favicon.ico.gif" type="image/x-icon" />

<link rel="shortcut icon" href="YOUR SITE/favicon.ico" type="image/x-icon" />

Search for a favicon converter

Clean your cache and cookies for your site then reload and look. <link rel="icon" href="YOUR SITE/favicon.ico.gif" type="image/x-icon" /> <link rel="shortcut icon" href="YOUR SITE/favicon.ico" type="image/x-icon" /> Search for a favicon converter

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Bingo - thanks PKShadow!

Bingo - thanks PKShadow!