I was wondering where does Google Chrome save pdf documents that it opens in the browser itself. I know those get deleted if we dont save them and close the browser.

I looked into chrome temporary folder at ~/.cache/google-chrome, but couldnt find any pdf there.

  • By the way, ~/.cache/google-chrome should normally retain files even after you close the browser. See mnot.net/cache_docs for more and exceptions. – DK Bose Feb 3 '15 at 13:38

It's in that directory, all right. Just uses a random string for filenames. Test it out:

find ~/.cache/google-chrome -type f -exec file {} + | grep PDF

For example:

$ find .cache/google-chrome/ -type f -exec file {} + | grep PDF
.cache/google-chrome/Default/Cache/f_004bf0:       PDF document, version 1.5
.cache/google-chrome/Default/Cache/f_004c01:       PDF document, version 1.4
  • thank you, I was actually searching with file names, so missed it – Jignesh Feb 3 '15 at 13:38
  • Just wondering... didn't it all use to be stored in the /tmp folder? – Ricky Robinson Jun 1 '15 at 13:44
  • @RickyRobinson not in the past couple of years, at least, I think. I've had problems with Chrome filling up student's quotas for at least that long. – muru Jun 1 '15 at 13:51
  • Does that find command search sub-directories? My ~/.cache/google-chrome/ folder has multiple sub-folders, each with multiple sub-folders, so I was wondering how deep it would search. I didn't find any PDF files, although I had just closed one, so is there anywhere else that Chrome might store files it's had open? – JamesBB Apr 26 '17 at 9:27
  • @JamesBB as you can see from the output, it went at least 3 subdirectories deep. find recurses by default, unless you used the -maxdepth option. – muru Apr 28 '17 at 4:40

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