Mac...Firefox...Temp Internet Files location?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by jman995x, Mar 2, 2010.

  1. jman995x macrumors regular

    Sep 8, 2007

    Before some of you just read the Title and fire off a reply, let me explain the situation and maybe you can give me more of an idea about how to go about doing what I'm trying to do.

    Here's what I'm trying to do:
    I'm really on an Audi RS6 kick right now and am trying to get as many pictures of them (stock and modified) that I can lay my hands on.
    I've been to websites where they've set it up so that if you click on the picture gallery, it brings up the first picture in the clicking on the picture, it advances to the next picture, and so on. Now, I could Ctrl-Click / Save Image As / SAVE for each and every picture, but we're talking hundreds here.
    When I used to use PC, you could just keep clicking the pictures to advance to the next one until you had gotten to the end, then navigate to the Temporary Internet Folder, sort by most recent internet stuff downloaded and there would be all of your pictures which you could then drag to a folder and rename.

    However, in Firefox (on a Mac), when I type about:cache into the Firefox URL, it does bring up a cache where the LINKS to the pictures are...NOT the actual pictures. I was under the impression that (and maybe this is just the way PC's do it), if anything was displayed within your web browser, it was actually downloaded to your temporary cache...not a link to the item, but the actual item.

    Is this not the case in Firefox (on a Mac)?

    I'd love to be able to clickly (pun-intended) blaze through all of the Audi pix, go to a Firefox Temp folder or cache and drag those photos out. Is this doable in Firefox on a Mac?


  2. r0k macrumors 68040


    Mar 3, 2008
    Firefox uses a profile folder to keep everything. First, check your cache settings and increase the size of the cache so it doesn't get overwritten halfway through your clicking. Second, clear the cache so it's empty and ready for you to begin clicking.

    On a pc, the profiles are under "program files/firefox/profiles", but in portable firefox, you can force the profile directory to go wherever you want, including your documents folder.

    On a mac, I don't know where the profiles are. You could type profile in spotlight and see if it finds the folder. Inside the profiles folder will be a default folder. If it has today's date, that's the folder you're looking for. If you go inside, there should be a cache directory and the files you want should be in there.

    Recently, firefox started going out of its way to make things harder to find in the Cache. On my windows box (the only thing I have access to as I write this), in my portable firefox folder/profile/cache I have a long list of cryptic file names with no extension. You will have to rename them to jpg and quick view them to see if they are the pictures you are looking for. There might be a firefox addon that will snag every picture on a page for you and toss them in a folder. That might be a better approach than searching around to find the profile/Cache folder only to discover everything inside has a cryptic 4E91F6D9d01 :eek: filename with no extension and you are expending even more effort appending jpg to every file name and then using quicklook to see what they are.
  3. angelwatt Moderator emeritus


    Aug 16, 2005

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