Facebook Open Graph Debugger Cache Not Clearing

Seems like nowadays all my clients want their thumbnail previews to look perfect. I don’t blame them, I think a correctly sized thumbnail/image when shared on Facebook is very crucial as it means a possibly higher CTR. So that usually means on homepages and important pages setting a different image manually for the open graph tags using the Yoast plugin.

Whenever I need to test a thumbnail preview I always use the Facebook Open Graph Debugger Tool.

facebook open graph debugger

Once you enter your URL it shows you a preview of what it grabs from your open graph tags.

facebook open graph preview

Well the other day I was setting up a new site and testing a thumbnail. For whatever reason the thumbnail simply wouldn’t update in the debugger tool. Upon a suggestion from here: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/5776567/facebook-open-graph-not-clearing-cache I tried appending my URL with a certain tag which is supposed to clear the cache.

Example

http://www.example.com?fbrefresh=CAN_BE_ANYTHING

However this also didn’t work. I tried clearing the cache on my server, browser, you name it.

Solution to the Facebook Open Graph Debugger Tool Cache Not Clearing

The only solution I have found so far is to actually change the file name of your thumbnail. Seems simple but it works instantly. You can always click the “fetch new scrape information” button to grab a new preview. Seems to be an issue on the Facebook side and their internal caching. Now if I had waited 24 hours maybe it would have resolved itself, but as I am sure you would agree, some of us don’t have time to wait that long.

fetch new scrape information

Hopefully this helps you. As always feel free to leave your comments below!

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12 thoughts on “Facebook Open Graph Debugger Cache Not Clearing”

  1. hey brian, i’m having a problem with this, perhaps you can help me. please excuse my english, i’ll try to be clear. i used the debugger and as you said i changed the name of the picture to be uploaded. debbuger recognizes the change and it seems it worked, but then when i post the link on facebook it shows the old image, so wtf? do i have to wait for it to refresh itself? and how much time. thanks, regards

  2. Your solution didn’t solve my particular problem (multiple og:image tags; had fixed this but FB was still showing both images) but one thing you said hit me – delete the cache for that page. Duh! Thank you :)

  3. My thumbnail is fine but the description and title are not, if I share the page on FB it still shows the old og:description and old og:title even though the debugger shows the correct data. Sigh. Not sure how to fix that.

  4. Kerstin I’ve found I always have to ask the debugger to grab the right data twice. But you said the debugger shows the right info – so I’d say to delete you browser cache, it might be still pulling up the old page.

  5. Tried the de-bugging tool over and over with a few different posts. Won’t work.
    The info it displays on the tool page seems right, but nothing changes with the image on the post.
    Futhermore I find, for me, the biggest problem is not necessarily the correct image displaying but the fact the crop of the image is completely wrong. It has become a hit-and-miss approach no matter what image or even what on-line tool like Pablo or Pic Monkey I use.

  6. Mine has this problem: Images of the article does not appear on facebook preview. When I’ve tried the debugger tool, the image apparently can be detected by the debugger. However, no matter how many times I’ve scraped, the image preview won’t still appear in the actual facebook. Still my problem today.

  7. I was having a similar problem today. The Facebook Sharing debugger was showing the correct description but showing no image after pressing “Scrape”. Pressed F5 to refresh and then the image showed up. But the “Like” button still showed no image and the old description. I waited a few minutes and pressed “Scrape” again. Then the image and the correct description finally showed up on the “Like” button.

  8. Just a little something………
    The whole Facebook image thing is far from perfect, but I’m using 1 little technique that seems to help.
    When I create a post, I assign the Facebook image, publish and share on Facebook before I assign a featured image. I’ve also noticed that going back and removing the featured image from older posts on the site and updating with the og:image set sometimes fixes Facebook thumbnail.

  9. I have used the FB debugger tool to clear the cache, but it is not working. The share image is still the old image. In the debugger tool, the link preview shows the preview with the correct image, but when you actually share the URL to Facebook it pulls the wrong image.
    The sure fire way to fix this is to change the filename of the image, but we should not have to do this. (also, it’s not ideal, since we have to contact our vendor to a)replace our image and b)change the og:image tag on our pages. )
    How can we just get Facebook to stop caching our pages/image?

  10. I have the exactly the same problem as btr1977. I have used the FB Debugger for month with perfect result. However the two last weeks the problem begun (as described by btr1977). Not even changing the name of the image does the trick!
    Any ideas?

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