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Using the latest Firefox and Chrome on macOS.

I can refresh a page using +R. This doesn't reload any images if the browser thinks its cached version is still OK (even if it isn't).

I can also use Shift++R to force a refresh, this discards any cached images and reloads them as well. Except for the favicon, for some reason it keeps loading the favicon from its cache, even if I know it has been changed (on the server).

Is there a way to enforce Firefox or Chrome to absolutely reload everything for a particular page, including resources such as favicon.ico?

Of course I can delete my entire browser cache and history, or completely disable caching in the browser's settings altogether, but that's typically not what I want. I just want it to reload everything for that particular page, once.

  • If you're getting to the page from a saved shortcut, delete the shortcut, then ctrl-F5, then manually enter the web page URL. Save a copy in the clipboard before you try all that, though. I'm pretty sure that the favicon.ico file is saved with the shortcut itself, which is why it is not re-downloading. – Bill Hileman Jun 15 '18 at 18:14
  • For what it's worth, I used to use (many years ago) a specialized program I'd found on the net somewhere that went out to every single URL in my favorites, marked the dead links, and downloaded the favicons if available. I seem to recall looking for it not too long ago, but couldn't find it again. – Bill Hileman Jun 15 '18 at 18:17
  • @BillHileman The favicon being saved along with a shortcut makes sense, yes. However it also happens for sites that are not in my bookmarks. I guess it has to do with Firefox keeping a history of recently visited links and showing them with a favicon as well (in the History > Recently Closed Tabs menu). It gets even weirder because if I open a Private Tab, and open that same URL, it does load the correct favicon. But then when I open a new regular window, and open the same URL there as well, it's showing the old favicon again! – RocketNuts Jun 15 '18 at 20:57
  • Not exactly what you ask for, but Clear Browsing Data Firefox add-on makes it convenient to clear cache, form data etc. with one click -- however, it does clear all the cache, not just one site. – DrMoishe Pippik Jun 15 '18 at 22:36

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