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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?

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  • Do you mean the cache ID ? because there is a cached page for the first page mentioned.
    – phwd
    May 24, 2011 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. May 25, 2011 at 1:31
  • The answer in related question does work - provided you use Chrome, however. fwiw link to the cached page webcache.googleusercontent.com/… May 25, 2011 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? May 25, 2011 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. May 25, 2011 at 5:12

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

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:http://example.com/

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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  • +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, 2014 at 18:30
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    @mklement0: That's because CNN doesn't allow it.
    – Kard Nails
    Jan 24, 2015 at 11:33
  • You can put 'cache:' before the url in firefox to get the same result. Jan 9, 2016 at 0:10
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    @SomeNickName You use Google as your default search engine, so all that Firefox did was perform a Google search for cache:http://example.com/, which redirects to the cached page (as pointed out by the other answer on this page). This would "work" on any browser with Google as the default search engine. However, my solution will work even if you use other search engines, and it goes straight to the cached page instead of going through the Google search redirection.
    – user14334
    Jan 9, 2016 at 0:46
  • @screener I didn't know it used the default search engine, i thought it was a firefox feature like chrome has... sorry. Jan 9, 2016 at 4:28
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If you use Google Chrome, just use this query to get the cache page from Google:

cache:http://www.example.net/

For example you can use:

cache:http://www.example.com/catalog/item/6395190/8298122.htm

in Google search to find the corresponding cache page.

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    Both methods above now seem to result in a 404
    – user21742
    Jul 3, 2012 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, 2012 at 4:38
  • I tried this and the search isn't triggered. Mmmm, this is odd (tried with other URLs aswell)
    – ajax333221
    Sep 4, 2012 at 1:24
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    I still use this to get cached versions in Chrome: cache:http://example.com
    – Xeoncross
    Jun 6, 2013 at 21:29
  • This is brilliant. Mar 24, 2014 at 6:10

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