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I'm using Safari to preview web pages as I develop them on my local server. I've got 'Disable Caches' checked in the Develop menu. And yet Safari is still working from a cached version of a stylesheet that's linked from the HTML file being displayed.

I can sometimes override this by Option-clicking the reload button in the location bar, but I want to refresh the page automatically when I save the CSS file. At the moment I'm doing it using an AppleScript that's bound to the Save action in my text editor. I could see using Keyboard Maestro instead. But I need some consistent way to force Safari to do a full reload from the keyboard.

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Do you have any extensions installed. Had this problem once with Adblock... It messed up one page in particular, thought it was a stylesheet problem too, tried everything... but it was Adblock messing with it. –  unmircea Jan 8 '14 at 22:08

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CMD+OPTION+E Empties caches so a full "hot key" would be


CMD+R to refresh the page

Tested on Safari 6

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Hard refresh was removed as a keyboard shortcut in Safari 5. The old command for that was +SHIFT+R

CTRL+F5 May work but I can't test here.

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Yes, that's how to refresh the page, but it doesn't bypass the cache. –  Gabe Sep 9 '10 at 16:02
Control-F5 just selects the location bar, like Command-L. –  Gabe Sep 9 '10 at 16:45
Then it's been disabled completely. I found a number of threads complaining about it. There is an extension that I have NOT tested here: twitter.com/siracusa/status/15683201068 that may do what you want. –  JNK Sep 9 '10 at 16:47
No, that extension just creates a button in the toolbar (which I guess some people prefer to the icon in the location bar). I also found a lot of threads complaining about it—i was wondering if someone on here had any special knowledge. –  Gabe Sep 9 '10 at 19:37
Sorry! :( <15chars> –  JNK Sep 9 '10 at 19:47

There is an option in the menubar Develop->Disable Caches. This is true for Safari 5.1. I'm not sure for the rest.


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Please read the second sentence of my question again. –  Gabe Jul 28 '11 at 17:06
Oops, I'm sorry :) –  mist Jul 29 '11 at 7:01

Workaround: in the develop menu, select "start debugging javascript" and it must reload the code properly. You can then stop debugging... I know it's not a clean solution and I'm not sure if it works always or in all versions, but it's working for me now.

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Turn on Private mode and refresh the page. It won't get it from the cache in private mode.

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Go to Safari's preferences and tick "Show develop menu". In the develop menu, click disable Caches.

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Please read the second sentence of my question. –  Gabe Feb 21 '13 at 11:55

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