How to Find Firefox Cache File Location & Recover Lost Files

Sep 26, 2019 (Updated: 2023-02-20 18:27:56)
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“Hi all, does anyone know the Firefox cache location? Before upgrading my Mozilla Firefox, I created a shortcut to this directory, but on updating, the shortcut no longer goes there. My system is a Windows 11 if that is of any use”.

How to View Firefox Cache Files?

1Manually Locate and View Cache Files on Windows 11/10/8/7

On installing Firefox on your machine, there is a default Firefox cache location. If you have not changed this directory, here is the path to find it for various Windows versions.

For Windows 11, 10 and 8:

C:\Users\{user}\AppData\Local\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\{profle folder}\cache2

For Windows 7:

C:\Users\{user}\AppData\Local\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\{profle folder}\Cache\

For Windows XP:

C:\Documents and Settings\{user}\Local Settings\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\{profile folder}\Cache\

2Find Cache Files through Firefox Browser

Firefox automatically saves all your browsing data. And so, an alternative way of finding the Firefox cache location is through the browser itself.

Step 1: Launch Firefox. In the address bar, enter “about:cache” and press Enter.

input about cache

Step 2: A new window will open. This window shows you information about the Network Cache Service. It also tells you about the storage and appcache.

network cache storage service

Step 3: On this window, locate and click “List Cache Entries” to see all Firefox caches.

all firefox caches

How to Recover Lost Firefox Cache Files?

1Manually Check If Cache Files were Removed

Similar to part 1, you can also find the Firefox cache location and see if the caches automatically saved by Firefox have been removed.

Step 1: On your computer, navigate through the following path: C:\Users\{user}\AppData\Local\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\dz9halnw.default\cache2.

Step 2: Attempt to locate the caches that were removed from that directory.

2Restore Deleted or Lost Firefox Cache Files with AnyRecover

You may want to recover the Firefox cache file if you do not find it or if the directory is corrupt. For this job, you will need AnyRecover. iMyFone AnyRecover is not just another random tool but is actually the industry standard. What you will love about this software is how natural it feels when using it. However, do not be deceived; despite the user-friendliness, this beast is robust and will recover your data in minutes, no matter how or where it got lost.


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Accidentally deleted/formatted the Firefox cache location or it was lost due to a virus? No problem. AnyRecover restores lost data no matter the scenario.

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How to Restore Lost Firefox Cache File with AnyRecover?

Step 1. Start AnyRecover, and from the first window, click “Deleted Files Recovery”.

deleted files recovery

Step 2. From the directories, select the specific one you want the program to search for your files.

deleted files recovery select path

Step 3. Choose the file types you want to recover and click “Scan”.

deleted files select file type

Step 4. The scanning begins. After this, you will see a list of all recoverable files. If you do not find your data here, start again from step 1, but this time, click the “All-Round Recovery” mode.

deleted files recovery scan

Step 5. From the results, you can click on any item to preview the file before recovering it. When you are sure of what you wish to recover, hit the “Recover” button to restore your data.

deleted files preview

How to Change the Location of Temporary Cache Folders on Firefox?

Create a new folder on your drive and rename it to “Firefox_temp".

Step 1. Launch Firefox.

Step 2. In the address bar, enter the following “about:config” and hit Enter.

Step 3. Search for “browser.cache.disk.parent_directory”.

Step 4. If you do not find the entry above, you can go ahead to create it.

Step 5. Name the entry “browser.cache.disk.parent_directory”.

Step 6. Right-click on “New” and click “String”.

new string value

Step 7. A window will open, and on the field in that window, enter “H:\\Firefox_temp\\”.In the above query, “H” should be the drive with the temporary folder.

type string value

Step 8. Close all the tabs open on Firefox and restart the program.

Step 9. Clean up your computer with the help of a third-party tool like CCleaner.

Step 10. Now, the temporary files are saved in a different directory, and so some programs will not clear them.

Step 11: If so, you can clear the temp folder manually by deleting the files from H:\\Firefox_temp\\.


When you install Mozilla Firefox browser, it creates a cache folder in which it stores your browsing data and history. This post shows you where to find this Firefox cache location on the Windows XP/7/8/10/11. You have also learned how to move the cache and how to know if it was moved.

Also, if you do not find the Firefox cache location and want to recover the files, we also looked at what iMyFone AnyRecover is and how to use it.

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