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Old 06-22-2012, 11:28 AM   #1
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How do I clear Steam's browser cache?

How do I clear Steam's browser cache, and any other temporary file caches? There's a ton of stuff in the 'Steam/appcache/httpcache' folder that I don't think needs to be there. And the 'Steam/depotcache' is also fairly sizable (in the number of files what's in it, not necessarily the volume of hard drive space).
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Old 06-22-2012, 12:21 PM   #2
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Well, you could just delete or clear the cache subdirectories without any harm.
Make sure Steam`s not running when you do.

Next time you run steam it`ll just redownload what it needs.
And the cache will slowly build up again.
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Old 06-23-2012, 05:12 AM   #3
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Have you done that before? Or is that just an educated guess? I suppose if I screw it up, I can just relocate the 'steamapps' folder temporarily, and reinstall the client.
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Old 06-23-2012, 05:13 AM   #4
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Have you done that before? Or is that just an educated guess? I suppose if I screw it up, I can just relocate the 'steamapps' folder temporarily, and reinstall the client.
You could also try cutting and pasting it somewhere, then if it messes it up just put it back, and if it doesnt, delete it
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Old 06-23-2012, 08:57 AM   #5
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Have you done that before? Or is that just an educated guess? I suppose if I screw it up, I can just relocate the 'steamapps' folder temporarily, and reinstall the client.
Actually, yeah, I`ve done that before, because I too was annoyed by the size of those folders.
Steam store went a bit slower in loading, because it had to download the store elements again (pictures and stuff). Which is what the cache files are for, to keep that speedy.


But as far as educated guess goes;

There`s also a support article on moving steam to another location, which explains you can remove all files in the steam directory (except steam.exe and the steamapps subfolder). Then move it to another location and run steam again. Steam would automatically "fix" itself by downloading the missing files.

If thát`s possible without any trouble, I`m sure removing just the cache folders alone won`t cause any harm.
if it would, just remove everything else as well (except for steam.exe and steamapps) and it should work normally again when you restart steam.
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Old 06-23-2012, 09:28 AM   #6
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Steam's web browser cache is stored in the following folders:
- appcache\httpcache\
- config\htmlcache\
- config\overlayhtmlcache\
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Old 06-24-2012, 10:42 AM   #7
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So what, exactly, are the .'Manifest' files in the 'depotcache' folder?
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Old 06-24-2012, 10:44 AM   #8
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So what, exactly, are the .'Manifest' files in the 'depotcache' folder?
it's ~="torrent" files for new content delivery system
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Old 06-24-2012, 10:48 AM   #9
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So what, exactly, are the .'Manifest' files in the 'depotcache' folder?
Content manifests. The file name has two numbers, the first is the depot id, e.g. 8932 is "CivilizationV-EXE" the second number is a sort of version number; it's a unique ID for that version of the depot.

The file itself contains things like lists of files, checksums, etc., basically all the book-keeping stuff Steam keeps to do downloading and verifying and suchlike.
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Old 06-25-2012, 12:09 PM   #10
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So better to keep those around?
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