Delete Chrome History and Cache Permanently using CMD

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Internet browsers like Google Chrome keep track of where you’ve been and what parts of websites you’ve seen to make your browsing snappier when you visit those sites again. But, these records can eat up space on your computer or hold onto info you’d rather keep to yourself or removed.

Chrome lets you clear out this browsing history and cache files manually in its settings, but if you have to do this a lot, it can get kind of repetitive. That’s where the Command Prompt (CMD) comes in handy, offering a quicker way to clean up your browsing data.

Delete Chrome History and Cache Permanently using CMD

This guide mainly talks about how to do this on Windows computers, like Windows 11 and Windows 10.

How to delete Chrome history and cache via CMD

Step 1: Open Command Prompt

Hit the Windows Start button and type “cmd”. In the search results, right-click on “Command Prompt” and pick “Run as administrator”. Hit Enter, and you’ll see the Command Prompt window pop up, ready to go.

Learn more: How to Run CMD or PowerShell as SYSTEM in Windows 11

Command Prompt Run as Administrator

Step 2: Identify the correct Chrome path

First up, you need to find where Chrome keeps its cache and history files. This is super important because you don’t want to mess up and delete the wrong stuff.

The usual spot for these files is:

C:\Users\{Your Username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default

Where are Chrome cache and history located in Windows 11

Remember to swap {Your Username} with your actual Windows username. If you’re not sure what your username is, just type whoami in the command prompt and press Enter. It’ll show your computer name and username.

Also see: How to Copy Chrome User Profile to Another Profile

Step 3: Close Google Chrome

Make sure Chrome is completely closed before you try deleting anything. Chrome being open can mess with the clean-up. You can close Chrome by right-clicking its icon on your taskbar and choosing “Close window” or “Exit”.

Step 4: Delete cache files and history

With Chrome closed and the right folder found, you’re ready to delete. In the Command Prompt window, type the commands below, putting in your real username where it says {Your Username}:

To delete cache files:

del /q /s /f "C:\Users\{Your Username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cache\*"

how to clear chrome cache using cmd

To delete browsing history:

del /q /s /f "C:\Users\{Your Username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\History"

how to delete chrome history using CMD

In these commands, /q makes the process quiet (no asking “are you sure?”), /s gets rid of files in all subdirectories, and /f forces the deletion of files that are read-only.

Don’t forget to hit Enter after typing each command.

Related resource: How to Force Delete a File in Use by Another Program on Windows 11/10

Step 5: Verify Deletion

After running those commands, it’s smart to check and make sure everything actually got deleted. Go back to the folder you were working in and see if the Cache folder is empty and the History file is no longer there. If they’re gone, you did it right!

Useful tip: How to Clear RAM Cache in Windows 11

how to delete chrome history permanently

Creating a batch file to automatically clear Chrome cache and history

If you find yourself clearing Chrome’s cache and history a lot, you can make things even easier by creating a batch file. This is a simple text file with commands that the Command Prompt can run all at once, so you don’t have to type them every time.

Step 1: Open Notepad

To start, you’ll need Notepad, which is a basic text editor that comes with Windows. Open Notepad by searching for it in the Start menu.

Open Notepad as administrator

Step 2: Write your batch file

In Notepad, write down the commands for deleting Chrome’s cache and history, just like before. Here’s an example, and remember to use your actual username:

@echo off
echo Deleting Chrome Cache and Browsing History...
del /q /s /f "C:\Users\{Your Username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cache*"
del /q /s /f "C:\Users{Your Username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\History"
echo Deletion Complete!

CMD command to clear chrome history

This batch file starts by turning off command echoing with @echo off, so you don’t see every command as it runs. The echo commands are there to let you know what’s happening, and pause waits for you to press a key before it closes, so you can see the message that everything’s done.

Handy guide: How to Run Batch File Without the CMD Window

Step 3: Save the batch file

When your batch file is ready, save it anywhere you like (a lot of people just save it on their Desktop for easy access). Go to “File” > “Save As…”, pick where you want to save it, and name it something like deleteChromeCache.bat. Make sure you change the “Save as type” to “All Files” and then hit “Save”.

Clear Chrome cache and history using batch file

Linked issue: Batch (.BAT) Files Not Running in Windows 11/10

Step 4: Run the batch file

Now, your batch file is all set. Whenever you need to clear Chrome’s cache and history, just double-click this batch file, and it’ll do its thing. Just make sure Chrome is closed before you run it to make sure everything gets deleted properly.

Delete browsing history on command prompt

By using a batch file, you’re making the whole process of cleaning out Chrome’s cache and browsing history way easier and faster!

Some final advice

Regularly getting rid of Chrome’s history and cache files is always a smart thing to do. It keeps your browser running well and your private stuff is, well, gone. Using the Command Prompt for this task is quick and efficient, especially if you do it often. Just be careful to double-check that you’re deleting the right files, as you can’t undo it once they’re gone.

Nyau Wai Hoe
Nyau Wai Hoe is the Founder and Chief Editor of With a degree in software engineering and over 12 years of experience in the tech support industry, Nyau has established himself as an expert in the field, with a primary focus on the Microsoft Windows operating system. As a tech enthusiast, he loves exploring new technologies and leveraging them to solve real-life problems.

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