Tower Tower - 8 months ago 77
Javascript Question

How to programmatically empty browser cache?

I am looking for a way to programmatically empty the browser cache. I am doing this because the application caches confidential data and I'd like to remove those when you press "log out". This would happen either via server or JavaScript. Of course, using the software on foreign/public computer is still discouraged as there are more dangers like key loggers that you just can't defeat on software level.


It's possible, you can simply use jQuery to substitute the 'meta tag' that references the cache status with an event handler / button, and then refresh, easy,

$('.button').click(function() {
        url: "",
        context: document.body,
        success: function(s,x){

            $('html[manifest=saveappoffline.appcache]').attr('content', '');

NOTE: This solution relies on the Application Cache that is implemented as part of the HTML 5 spec. It also requires server configuration to set up the App Cache manifest. It does not describe a method by which one can clear the 'traditional' browser cache via client- or server-side code, which is nigh impossible to do.