How to View the Images in the Cache of the Three Common Web Browsers


Do you ever want to see what images have been stored in your web browser cache? Or maybe you want to save some image you recently viewed. There are a variety of ways to do this but a new free Windows utility from NirSoft called ImageCacheViewer makes it easy and provides a lot of information about stored images.

The utility is very small and portable and is described at this link on the developer’s site. The download link is near the bottom of the page. It is said to work in all current versions of Windows, both 32- and 64-bit. It worked fine for me in Windows 8, 64-bit. Web browsers that are supported are Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, SeaMonkey, and Google Chrome.

No installation is required. Unzip the little 75 KB executable file and put it anywhere convenient. You simply click the EXE file to run the utility. There is also a CHM help file. Clicking the CHM file shows the same information that is on the developer’s site. When you click the EXE file, it will then scan your system and display a list of the images in all supported browser caches with a variety of information about them. Depending on how large your cache is, it may take a few seconds. The default setting is to display cached images from Web sites you visited in the last day. The time period can be changed from the menu Options-Advanced Options. This menu can be opened by pressing the key F9.

The file list shows the source, date and time of download of the file, its size, and other information. Clicking an individual entry displays the image. It can be saved to the clipboard by pressing Ctrl+M. An example of using the utility is shown in the graphic below. Not all the columns of information are shown in this particular image because of size considerations. One useful advanced option is to display only images whose name contains a particular string.

Nirsoft ImageCacheViewer

One bug that I noticed is that the option to create an HTML report of the entire image list did not work right.

And there you have it – an easy way to find out what images have been stored in your browser cache.

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