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I want to look at a Google cached version of a webpage, but can't find it through the usual mechanisms, as per this related question.

Is there a way to modify the URL in the address bar to take me to the last cached page for a specific URL?

The page I'm looking for right now is a cached version of


Note: I've found similar cached versions of related pages for this, like:


Which is a cached version of this:


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Do you mean the cache ID ? because there is a cached page for the first page mentioned. –  phwd May 24 '11 at 13:48
@phwd, I searched for hours and couldn't find the cached page. What I would like is a mechanism to modify some Google URL to give me the cached page, which would probably involve the cache ID. –  Lance Roberts May 25 '11 at 1:31
The answer in related question does work - provided you use Chrome, however. fwiw link to the cached page webcache.googleusercontent.com/… –  Sathya May 25 '11 at 4:24
@Sathya, wow, that was the exact day I wanted it for also. So why does Chrome do better getting Google caches than other browsers? –  Lance Roberts May 25 '11 at 5:06
I think this was more of a case where the page was not cached by Google at the time you searched. I'll spend some time later trying to find how cache:<url> works in Chrome - if nothing Chromium sources should highlight what it's doing. –  Sathya May 25 '11 at 5:12

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You can access the cached version for any page that has been saved by Google with this:


Change http://example.com/ to any URL. You can also create a custom search engine on Chrome or a Firefox keyword to go to cached versions automatically by adding a keyword before the current URL address.

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I used that for a script here but it seems google doesen't allow such a link in an iframe, would you know a workaround? –  rubo77 Nov 8 '12 at 12:01
The custom search engine is brilliant. –  Matt Ball Nov 24 '13 at 4:40
+1; also works without the http:// prefix; curiously, there is at least one URL that doesn't work, however: http://www.cnn.com/; any idea why?: webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:http://… (variations without http:// and www don't work either). –  mklement0 Jul 22 '14 at 18:30
@mklement0: That's because CNN doesn't allow it. –  Kard Nails Jan 24 at 11:33

To get the cache page from Google just use this query:


For example you can use:


in Google search to find the corresponding cache page.

This is only work for CHROME.

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yes, that was given in the related question. I'm specifically looking for a way to modify the URL to get the cached page. –  Lance Roberts May 25 '11 at 13:03
Both methods above now seem to result in a 404 –  user21742 Jul 3 '12 at 1:32
agreed, all versions of this 'fix' result in Google 404. i love how Google has a cache cause it can see the text and gives you the picture sniplet to the right but no way to blow up the webpage to read the entire cached version--completely useless. There has to be a way.. –  user23377 Aug 16 '12 at 4:38
I tried this and the search isn't triggered. Mmmm, this is odd (tried with other URLs aswell) –  ajax333221 Sep 4 '12 at 1:24
I still use this to get cached versions in Chrome: cache:http://example.com –  Xeoncross Jun 6 '13 at 21:29

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