Magento CacheMany issues will be avoided if you make sure to refresh Magento cache  when needed.  If you’re administrating a Magento store, here’s what you need to know about clearing cache, clearing sessions, and reindexing data.

Quick and dirty:
Using any FTP tool, delete everything under var/cache/, var/sessions/, and var/locks/. Please note that by doing so, all current sessions will be deleted – so if anyone is logged in on your site they will be logged out.

Alternatively, if you can access the admin then follow the steps below.

To reindex Magento data
From the admin follow these quick steps:

  1. Go to System>Index Management
  2. Click on “select all” in the upper left corner
  3. Under “Action” select “Reindex Data” and click submit

To refresh all Magento cache
Ffrom the admin following these quick steps:

  1. Go to System>Configuration and
  2. Click on “select all” in the upper left corner
  3. Under “action” click on “refresh” and click submit
  4. Then click on these buttons:
    1. Flush Magento Cache
    2. Flush Cache Storage
    3. Fluch Catalog Images Cache
    4. Flush JavaScript/CSS Cache

Any questions feel free to post them in the comments below!

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  1. Mike
    May 20, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    Don’t forget to delete your browser cache and cookies as well…

  2. Ghislain
    November 2, 2010 at 10:57 am

    Have you got more infos about the cache options ? I didn’t found any documentations, like buttons “Flush JavaScript/CSS Cache”, “Flush Cache storage” ?
    Do you know exactly what happens for each button ? Thanks.

  3. Luke
    November 4, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    great, but what does warning mean ” Cache storage may contain another data. Are you sure that you want flush it?” It sounds risky, is it?

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  5. Kristi
    July 4, 2011 at 6:44 am

    What happens when you flush the category images cache? I don’t want to do something that will get me in trouble

  6. Pete
    September 27, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Cache storage may contain another data. Are you sure that you want flush it? – this will clear everything in the cache so if you are using memcache it will flush everything including any other applications cache in there.

    flush the category images cache? – this makes magento re resize all the image in your catalogue, only worth doing if you’ve changed theme or something otherwise it will spank the cpu on the server as people browse the site

  7. Hamza
    November 20, 2012 at 6:50 am

    Admin panel button are stuck not opening :(

  8. Chintan
    December 8, 2012 at 5:38 am

    Does refreshing the cache means removing all the files from var/cache folder?

  9. Muhammad
    February 22, 2013 at 11:06 am

    clear all cache after reindexing really make it faster. so recommended is to make reindexing in cron job and then also to clear cache should be placed in cron job, it will make magento system run faster.

  10. Parminder
    May 22, 2013 at 5:23 am

    i am using Magento Cpanel with Version I updated product images in catalog but after saving all the product stop showing in category on the website. After that I flushed the catalog images cache and now no image is displaying on my site. Please help us regarding it how can I restore it back.

    • mfisher4
      July 2, 2013 at 12:31 pm

      I just updated all my images through FTP and then nothing showed on front end. Then I noticed that Mage created a new products folder with a new cache subfolder. So I copied all the newly uploaded images into that folder and it solved the issue of no images being visible.

  11. Nivedha
    February 19, 2014 at 7:05 am

    I have refreshed all cache and flushed css. Now my styles were changed. Header and footer got reversed. What can i do now to get back my style?


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