How to flush DNS cache on Mac?

Launch Terminal and enter the following command.

NOTE: You would require to have an admin password in order to continue.


For Mac OSX 10.7 & 10.8

sudo killall -HUP mDNSResponder


For Mac OSX 10.5 & 10.6

dscacheutil -flushcache


Note the dscacheutil still exists in 10.7 and 10.8, but the official method to clear out DNS caches is through killing mDNSResponder. You can also find that process running in Activity Monitor.

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