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Is there a way to clear Google Chrome's cache via a CLI command on OSX? Ideally this would be made via some “official” way, and preferably without having to open Chrome (i.e. by launching it with some flags).

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The easiest way to delete Google Chrome's cache is to delete the cache directory.

Chrome 23's cache is split into two directories:

  • ~/Library/Caches/Google/Chrome/Default/Cache (web browsing)

  • ~/Library/Caches/Google/Chrome/Default/Media Cache (videos, music, etc.)

To clear the cache, it would suffice to execute the following command:

rm -fr ~/Library/Caches/Google/Chrome/Default/*

Change Default to your user profile's name if you have created one.

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I thought so, unfortunately. Well, anyway, on OSX there's ~/Library/Caches/Google/Chrome/Default/. – user137369 Dec 23 '12 at 13:09
Does this still hold true for Chrome 42? – PsychoData Apr 24 '15 at 1:05

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