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Access Cached Versions of Webpages When a Website is Down

Have you ever needed to access a webpage only to find that the entire website is down? Now you can access the most recent cached version from Google with the Gcache+ extension for Firefox.

Using Gcache+

When you install the extension there are no options for you to bother with. The only decision that you will need to make is whether you would like to add the “Toolbar Button” to your browser’s UI or not.


Here you can see the “access points” for the extension…”Toolbar Button, Context Menu, and Status Bar Icon”. If you access the extension from the webpage itself you can use either the “Gcache Page Command” in the “Context Menu” or use the keyboard shortcut (Ctrl + Alt + Shift + G).

Note: A single left click on the “Toolbar Button or Status Bar Icon” brings up the cached version. Clicking on either again will make the cached version disappear.


You can also access the extension when right clicking on a link using the “Gcache Link Command”.


If you access a cached version of a webpage this is what things should look like. At the top of the webpage you will see a “boxed off” area displaying the original webpage URL and the date that the “cache snapshot was taken”. Notice that you can also access a “Text-only version” of the webpage.

If you look at the “Address Bar” you will also see a “numerical URL/cache listing” prefix for the link…



If you have been needing an easy way to access a webpage if an entire website is down for some reason, then the Gcache+ extension will certainly be very helpful to you.


Download the Gcache+ extension (Mozilla Add-ons)

Download the Gcache+ extension (Extension Homepage)

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 12/17/09

Comments (2)

  1. abhishek

    Hmm, nice extension – but this can be done without this extension by searching in the following format on

    For example – Search

  2. Yatti420

    I’ve been using CustomizeGoogle.. Does the same thing I think.. If you use google non-stop might aswell try this first.. Gcache+ does have a toggle though..

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