While doing web development I often need to refresh a site I'm building with the cache ignored. What are the best ways to do this?

I used to use the 'Disable cache' option in Firefox's Web Developer Toolbar. However this disables the cache globally, slowing other sites down, and has the following bug: https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=643184

I gather you can do a 'clear refresh' in PC Chrome with ctrl-F5? Is there an equivalent in Mac Chrome, or Firefox for that matter?

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For Firefox OS X 3 options:

Force Reload Page (override cache)



Shift+Reload button


Wikipedia has an overview about how to bypass the cache on nearly every browser imaginable.

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    +1. Just FYI: for Safari, it’s a bit different. Apr 18, 2012 at 13:46
  • Thanks both. I'll accept that assuming it works in the latest version of Firefox 11 - haven't managed to reproduce a caching issue without it to test yet!
    – tog22
    Apr 18, 2012 at 16:12

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