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I visited a webpage but now the webpage has been removed or the server is down. I assume that Chrome has cached a version of this webpage. If so, how can I view this webpage?

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Type chrome://cache in the address bar to get a list of resources cached by Chrome.

Unfortunately, clicking on a resource shows a HEX+ASCII preview of its contents. In cases when the content is gzipped (archived) this preview cannot be read, unless processed with a tool that can decompress it.

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Which tool could be used here? –  Francisco Presencia Oct 11 '12 at 2:43
    
I don't know if such a tool exists, but theoretically it could be possible to make one, since the binary contents of the file can be accessed (in a strange format, it's true) –  w0lf Oct 11 '12 at 7:49
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after a Google search I found this article: frozax.com/blog/2011/05/… I haven't tried it, but looks promising. –  w0lf Oct 11 '12 at 7:50
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@FrankPresenciaFandos: I created a tool that works online, see my answer below. –  Senseful Mar 29 '13 at 19:33

You can use the online free tool I created: Google Chrome Cache Viewer. It's actually fairly easy to view the cache with this, even if the contents are zipped.

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+1 Great tool! I have one suggestion: sice you already have a JavaScript version of the tool, I guess you could easily turn it into a Chrome Extension to make it even more convenient to use –  w0lf Mar 29 '13 at 20:41
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Just rescued a big page lost by my web host. Thank you :) –  geotheory Feb 11 '14 at 10:52
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Invaluable for proving content (or the lack of content) in the near-past when the Wayback Machine could not. Thanks much! –  Joe Creighton Aug 19 '14 at 21:22

If you need something that doesn't necessarily exist in your browser cache, or say you want to see an older version, you should check out The Wayback Machine aka the Internet Archive. It has been a great source of help to me on numerous occasions. I use it for doing research into MMO history to understand old rule sets, patch notes, etc. Just punch in the url for the site and it'll show you the snapshots it has on record.

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Depending on the site and what it is, Google itself should have a cached version of it, if their crawler has been on it, that is.

Just try to Google the site, and see if you can find it there. If you find it, hover the mouse over the name and an arrow should become visible on the right. Clicking on it will bring up a link to the cached version of the website.

cached version - Google

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When you do a Google search, you will see a triangle at the end of the green colored line - click on the triangle and you will a "cached" option. Click that to get Google's cached page.

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This does not answer the question asked; the OP is asking about how to view Chrome's cache and not Google's. -1 –  ncdownpat Aug 4 '13 at 17:24

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