This article describes how to clear the DNS cache on your computer.
Many computer operating systems use caching to store DNS lookup results. Normally this is not a problem, and accelerates network performance. However, when you are developing a web site or configuring domain settings, your computer's DNS cache can get in the way, preventing you from accessing the correct site.
To clear the DNS cache, follow the appropriate procedure below for your computer's operating system or web browser.
To clear the DNS cache on Microsoft Windows, follow these steps:
To clear the DNS cache on Apple Mac OS X, follow these steps:
Many Linux distributions do not use DNS caching at the operating system level. Instead, applications (such as web browsers) maintain their own internal caches. To clear an application's DNS cache, often all you need to do is restart the application.
If your Linux computer does use a DNS caching service, however, consult its documentation for instructions about how to clear the cache.
The Google Chrome web browser maintains its own internal DNS cache. To clear it, follow these steps: