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How To Find and Copy SWF Or JPG File From Google Chrome Cache Folder?

To view Google Chrome cache folder content in the web browser itself, just type about:cache in Address bar and press ENTER key.

Then, you will see a list of HTML links “written” on a canvas, each of the links represent a file cached by Google Chrome. These links, however, do not prompt you to Open or Save the target cached file.

Instead, the link redirects you to a page of cache file “properties”, which includes the HTTP headers value (Content-Type, ETag, Server, Content-Length, etc) and the raw content of the cache file that appears in hexadecimal values (as if the cache is viewed in a hex editor, such as the Linux OD command).

Like it or not, this about:cache is not useful or friendly for average users who intended to retrieve or copy a cache file (e.g. a SWF, MP3, etc played in Google Chrome; a picture or icon loaded in web page, etc).

For example, click this link to watch a SWF file created to show VSS function in Microsoft Windows Server 2003.

After playback completes and says that you would like to keep a copy of the SWF file for offline reference, how could you retrieve and copy the SWF file in Google Chrome cache folder?

First method, you could proceed to Google Chrome cache folder and try with the biggest cache file. I’ve to admit, this method is painful and not efficient.

How to easily retrieve and copy the Google Chrome cache file?

The second method, indeed a wiser method, is to download and use ChromeCacheView program!

ChromeCacheView is another tiny, standalone freeware of Nirsofer, allow Google Chrome users to easily retrieve and copy cached file from Google Chrome cache folder.

ChromeCacheView is another tiny, standalone freeware developed by Nirsofer, allows Google Chrome users to have a more friendly report of about:cache!

The most important feature of ChromeCacheView is allow users to save the selected cache file(s) to backup folder for “safekeeping”, by just clicking File menu follow by “Copy Selected Cache File To…” option (or just press F4 hotkey after highlighting the selected cache files).

[ Downlaod ChromeCacheView from Nirsofer’s official site ]

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  1. movie fan 22-11-08@08:57

    I hesitate to use even upgraded versions of Chrome, since my last experience using it (first version) left my computer compromised; have they fixed the security issues beyond all doubt?

  2. Savam Bilout 06-11-09@04:51

    Hi, I just watched a video on the pbs website (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/beta/evolution/becoming-human-part-1.html). The playback in Google Chrome (Vista 32) worked just fine. I wanted to save this video so I followed your instructions posted here and on some of your other posts, but I just cannot find the temp file! I tried to look directly under the Vista Temp file, but all I found is an older youtube video I had watched earlier. I also tried ChromeCacheView, but with no luck either. I also tried with a software I found (Wondershare Streaming Video Recorder), but it also failed to recognize the stream. Do you have any idea how I could save this video?

  3. Walker 07-11-09@23:24

    @Savam, if you can’t instantly playback that video in the web browser after the video finish, then I guess it doesn’t cache to local hard disk.

    The site might be streaming video on demand, so a stream recorder might able to help. But you’ve tried that without success too :-(

  4. phlum 06-08-10@03:45

    Just so you know, you can access Chrome’s cache by typing ‘about:cache’ into the Address bar. From there you can hit Ctrl-F and type ‘.swf’ and you’ll find all the Flash files in the cache, where you can copy the address, paste it into the address bar and save it. (for some reason, clicking on it gives you lines of text.)

    Hope I could help.

  5. phlum 06-08-10@03:47

    oops, I commented on the wrong thing. *facepalm*
    Please delete my last comment.

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