I recently created a free web hosting account on x10Hosting. Let's use www.example.x10host.com as my example domain. Before signing up for the domain, I visited the domain to see if it was available. When I saw that it was, I registered it, and immediately went to go look at it on Google Chrome. I still got the "Domain Available" message, so I tried again in 10 minutes, and still got the still got the message. I tried later in Firefox and got it as well. The next day, I tried it in Internet Explorer, and it worked. I am assuming that I now have an outdated cache of the page stored for both Chrome and Firefox. How can I clear just the cache for that specific page so that it will load normally?

  • Same way as in IE "ctrl"+"F5" – Ramhound Feb 26 '14 at 2:35
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    You might want to look into this answer. It solves your actual problem of clearing the cache pertaining to a specific website (which is currently opened) and not the whole browser. – RBT Jul 19 '17 at 5:32
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@dwurf Ctrl Shift + F5/R is Hard Reload, doesn't empty cache.

There is a simple way to do what OP wants:

  1. Open Dev Tools by pressing: F12 or Ctrl+Shift+I (or on Mac: Opt+Cmd+I)

  2. Now by just leaving dev tools open, right-click or click and hold the reload button next to the address bar. Now a somewhat 'hidden menu' opens.

  3. Choose: "Empty Cache and Hard Reload"

  • and what about history? – Awal Garg Aug 24 '14 at 6:38
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    Is this still valid, is there a video of how to do step 2. trying it with no avail – pal4life Jan 20 '15 at 21:28
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    This doesn't help if site A redirects me to site B, and I want to clear the cache fo site A. – Tyler Collier Feb 6 '15 at 18:45
  • This is a separate issue. I have encountered this problem too wanting to set a cookie to site A. Old Opera had an option to disable automatic redirections, chrome devs haven't showed interest in this... – Serra South Feb 28 '15 at 18:34
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    Dev tool > Network > Check Disable cache – Chemical Programmer Jan 21 '16 at 7:24

Ctrl+F5 reloads the page without using the local cache.

Ctrl+Shift+R also works, but not in IE

Chrome Reference

Firefox Reference

Internet Explorer reference

  • @Ramhound Ctrl F5 opens the file browsing window for me. – DavidB Feb 26 '14 at 2:43
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    Cmd+Shift+R on Mac OS X – Béatrice Cassistat Aug 4 '14 at 13:07

In the Chrome DevTools settings/preferences there is an option under "Network":

Disable cache (while DevTools is open)

You can open that, and reload the webpage without the cache.

I had a frustrating situation where a HTTP redirect was cached, so I couldn't just refresh. Opening the DevTools with the "Disable cache..." option open and re-entering the URL was the only thing I could figure out other than doing into the regular Chrome preferences and deleting the cache there (significantly more difficult)

For the record, having the DevTools open also enables a 3rd option on the refresh button (right-click) context menu:

  • Normal Refresh
  • Hard Refresh
  • Empty Cache and Hard Reload (careful, this clears your whole cache)

There is a good explanation of what these options mean here: https://stackoverflow.com/a/14969509/363701

Its worth noting that clearing the cache does not clear the History.

In my case, when developing I made a redirect page, then I couldn't do ctrl+f5 on the page because there was not enough time in the page until the redirection method got executed.

Then, I went to console f12 and then pressing f1 to see the options, disabled the javascript to avoid redirection, and after that I did a ctrl+f5 before enabling the javascript again.

Hope it helps someone.

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