How to Access the Cache in Safari

By Andrew Tennyson

Safari uses its cache to store parts of Web pages so that they load faster the next time you visit them. Although you can’t access individual files stored in Safari’s cache, you can clear the cache and disable it using the Develop menu. In order to access the Develop menu, you need to enable it via the Preferences panel in Safari 8.

Step 1

Click **Safari** on the Apple menu along the top of your screen and select **Preferences** to open Safari’s Preferences panel.

Step 2

Select the **Advanced** tab and place a check mark in the **Show Develop Menu in Menu Bar** check box. Close the Preferences panel when you are finished.

Step 3

Click **Develop** on the Apple menu and select **Clear Cache** to clear all files and data currently stored in Safari’s cache.

Step 4

Click **Develop** on the Apple menu and select **Disable Cache** to prevent Safari from storing files in its cache going forward.

Tips & Warnings

  • Though it’s not entirely accurate, some people use the terms "cache" and "history" interchangeably. Your Web browser’s history is a list of recently visited websites. If you’d like to access your browsing history in Safari, click “History” on the Apple menu along the top of your screen and select “Show History.”
  • To clear your history, cookies and other assorted website data not stored in the cache, click “Safari” on the Apple menu and select “Clear History and Website Data.” On older versions of Safari, click “Safari” on the Apple menu, select “Reset Safari” and choose “Remove All Website Data.”
  • Disabling Safari’s cache may result in websites loading more slowly because your computer must reload all of the site’s content each time you visit it.