Bypass your cache — Simple instructions
In most Windows and Linux browsers:
  • Hold down Ctrl and press F5.

In Apple Safari:

  • Hold down ⇧ Shift and click the Reload toolbar button.

In Chrome and Firefox for Mac:

  • Hold down both ⌘ Cmd+⇧ Shift and press R.
See full instructions below

To speed things up and conserve communications bandwidth, browsers attempt to keep local copies of pages, images, and other content you've visited, so that it need not be downloaded again later. Occasionally this caching scheme goes awry (e.g. the browser insists on showing out-of-date content) making it necessary to bypass the cache, thus forcing your browser to re-download a web page's complete, up-to-date content. This is sometimes referred to as a "hard refresh", "cache refresh", or "uncached reload". The rest of your cache is not affected.

When you encounter strange behavior, first try bypassing your cache. In most cases you can use the simple instructions shown to the right, or see the complete browser-specific instructions below. If this is not enough, you can try performing a "purge" of Wikipedia's server cache (see instructions below). If problems persist, report them at Wikipedia:Village pump (technical).

If you are editing templates, you may need to wait a few minutes before bypassing your browser cache in order to see the change in a page with the transcluded template.

In unusual circumstances, it may be worth clearing the entire cache (of your local browser).

Bypassing cache

Mobile browsers

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iOS - All browsers

(e.g. Mobile Safari and Brave, Chrome, Firefox, Opera, et. al.)[1]

  • If that is insufficient, one can try to add the following to the end of the page’s url (either manually or by using a JavaScript-based bookmarklet).[2]

Desktop browsers

Chromium-based browsers (Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Opera, etc.)

On Windows and Linux, use one of the following:

On macOS:

On ChromeOS:

Internet Explorer

Use one of the following:

Firefox and other related browsers

These instructions work for Firefox, SeaMonkey, and other related browsers.

On Windows and Linux, use one of the following:

On macOS, use one of the following:


For version 4 and newer:


For version 3 and older:

Cache clearing and disabling

Chromium-based browsers (Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Opera, etc.)

To clear the cache:

  1. Go to the "Tools" menu (the three horizontal ellipsis on the upper right of the browser) and click on "History" (Shortcut: Ctrl+H).
  2. Click on "Clear browsing data…" (Shortcut: Ctrl+⇧ Shift+Del).
  3. Select the types of data you want to clear, and include "Cached images and files" option.

If you would like to keep the data in your cache but test Wikipedia without using it, you can use the private browsing option.

To disable the cache:

  1. Open Developer Tools (F12, Ctrl+⇧ Shift+I or Tools ▸ Developer Tools).
  2. Click on the horizontal ellipsis on the upper right corner of the Dev Tools interface and select "Settings" (Shortcut: F1).
  3. Check the "Disable Cache" check-box.

information Note: This method only works if the developer console remains open. Browser extensions are available for download that force the cache to be disabled at all times.

Internet Explorer

To completely clear the cache in Internet Explorer 9 and later versions:

  1. Click "Tools" (the Gear-shaped button on the top-right section of the browser), point to "Safety" and click "Delete Browsing History…" (keyboard shortcut: Ctrl+⇧ Shift+Del).
  2. Select "Temporary Internet Files" at the top, and click "Delete". (If Wikipedia is in your list of favorites, you may need to turn off the "Preserve Favorites website data" at the top of the dialog box.)
  3. Internet Explorer will now silently delete the items you have chosen. Once finished, the notification bar appears at the bottom of the screen, stating that the selected browsing history has been deleted.

To completely clear the cache in Internet Explorer 8:

To completely clear the cache in Internet Explorer 7:

To completely clear the cache in older versions of Internet Explorer:

To change cache settings (not recommended for most users):

Firefox and other related browsers

To completely clear the cache:

If you would like to keep your data in your cache and test Wikipedia with an empty cache, you can use Private Browsing mode.

To disable caching in Firefox (not recommended for most users):

  1. Choose Tools ▸ Options… (or Edit ▸ Preferences in the Linux version).
  2. Choose "Advanced" at the top.
  3. Choose the "Network" tab.
  4. Change the cache size to 0 (zero).

To disable caching in SeaMonkey (not recommended for most users):

  1. Choose Edit ▸ Preferences…
  2. Expand the "Advanced" item near the left bottom.
  3. Choose "Cache" item.
  4. Change the "Size" value to 0 (zero).


To completely clear the cache:


  1. From the "Safari" menu, choose "Preferences..." (Shortcut: ⌘ Cmd+,)
  2. Click on the "Advanced" tab
  3. Check the box at the bottom next to "Show Develop menu in menu bar"
  4. Close preferences and click Develop ‣ Empty Caches

Purging Wikipedia's server cache

The Wikimedia servers cache a version of articles. When improperly displayed content is contained in a template or other transcluded page, bypassing your own cache might not be enough. You may need to purge the server cache of old page versions.

The server can be instructed to refresh its cache of a page's contents with the action=purge web address parameter. Add this to the end of the address. For example, to purge this page, visit one of the following:

For pages you think may need to be purged on a regular basis, include ((purge)), which provides readers with an easily-accessible purge link. Don't put this on article space pages.

See also


  1. ^ (* As of at least mid-2022, all iOS web browsers have always been required to use the same system-provided WebKit browser engine)
  2. ^ "ios - How to clear browser cache for just one specific site in Mobile Safari?". Ask Different. Retrieved 2022-07-19.
    "Can I force a cache refresh in Safari running on iOS?". Ask Different. Retrieved 2022-07-19.