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where does chrome store temporary files

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where does chrome store temporary files bigloryh 4/27/09 5:51 AM
In Explorer, one can access the temporary files folder...how does one do this with Chrome?
Re: where does chrome store temporary files zahmed84 5/25/09 9:22 AM
where google chorome store temporary files
Re: where does chrome store temporary files Bapabooiee 5/25/09 9:45 AM
On Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\<your_username>\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data
On Vista: C:\Users\<your_username>\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data

Substitute one of the above paths, and paste it in to Windows Explorer. 

The directory where "Temporary Files" equivalent for Chrome would be kept in "...\Default\Cache" in the "User Data" folder.
Re: where does chrome store temporary files Gonzatti 5/25/09 6:52 PM
how do I change this folder?
Re: where does chrome store temporary files Bapabooiee 5/25/09 7:49 PM
While you can't exactly "change" the "Cache" directory, you can move/create a different "User Profile" directory all-together. Chrome doesn't rely on some central, system cache directory like IE does, so it isolates everything in to its own "User Data" directory.

To create/change the user data directory for Chrome to use, right-click your Chrome desktop shortcut, and go to Properties. You will see a field called "Target:".

Append the text '--user-data-dir="C:\tmp\new_profile' to the end of it (eg, "...\chrome.exe" --user-data-dir="<some_filesystem_path>") This will tell Chrome what profile Directory to use. If it doesn't exist, Chrome will create it, and if it exists, Chrome will use it. If none is specified, it'll use the default one specified in the directory I told you in my first post.

Chrome must be completely closed before editing your shortcut.

(btw, I use multiple Chrome shortcuts that use different data directories, so I have different make-shift "profiles", used for different things. eg, I have one for development/research, and another for all of my personal stuff.)