May 8, 2005 9:48 PM   Subscribe

How can I retrieve a file from the Firefox cache? about:cache lets you view what's in the cache, but it doesn't let you see the cached pages. How can I access them?
posted by punishinglemur to Computers & Internet (4 answers total)
It is indeed there, on the about:cache pages.

You may just not be clicking through far enough - the actual content of the pages is two links deep from the description, not just one. Follow the "Key:" links on the pages until you get to the actual content.
posted by bemis at 10:45 PM on May 8, 2005

Bah, foolish am I. Strike that last answer, of course. I have no idea why some of the entries in the cache have "File on Disk" pointing to an actual file, and some of them have this as 'none'.
posted by bemis at 10:54 PM on May 8, 2005

Perhaps only the files in the disk cache have a "file on disk" link, as there's no actual filename available for files in the memory cache.
posted by fvw at 12:07 AM on May 9, 2005

Just click on the link to the page/image/whatever in the about:cache page. If you want to make sure you don't grab a fresh copy (possibly getting a new version or, even worse, a 404 error) from the server, select "Work Offline" from the File menu. You can then click on the link and it'll grab what it can from cache. From there, just do File->Save As... and you can save a copy to keep forever. This works for both memory and disk cache, no matter if there's a "file on disk" link or not.
posted by zsazsa at 7:14 AM on May 9, 2005

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