Is My Old Code Gone?

It’s been a long time since I last logged in (2017) and though my timeline shows all the lessons I completed, my code is not there. I saw another forum post that mentions clicking ‘View Solution’, and I recall being able to do that at one point. Alas, I don’t see that button now and I’m afraid that those hundreds of hours of code are gone. Please tell me I’m wrong. I want to review my code and integrate it with what I’ve since learned elsewhere.

There are two different types of saved progress for Free Code Camp: your profile and your browser cache.

A list of your completed challenges is saved to your account in the FCC database. You can see the list of completed challenges by looking at your public portfolio. With a growing curriculum already over 1,400 lessons and a community of millions of people, FCC does not store every solution to every challenge in its database. When you complete a challenge, there is a modal that gives you the option to download your solution. This gives you the option to save a copy of any solution that you may want to reference later. There are some challenges which are classified as projects required for certifications. Your solutions to those can be viewed on your settings page.

Your in-editor code is saved in your browser’s local storage. Recent in-progress code from the challenge editor is also saved in your local browser cache when you run tests. If you are completing lessons and do not see your recent code, then your local storage has been cleared or something is preventing FCC from writing to your browser’s storage. This could be a browser setting, a privacy extension, or a browser version incompatibility. Especially as you get to more complicated challenges that may take multiple sessions, I strongly recommend saving your in-progress work outside of the browser cache.

This is a good opportunity to learn the ins and outs of your GitHub account, but you can also just save locally or use a service like repl.it which allows for versioning.

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Got it. I am finding some of my code on the project certifications page. Can you tell me, just to know, did FCC ever save all your solutions in its database? Is this something that changed at some point? I’m pretty sure that at one point I was able to log in months later and still access my solutions. Thanks.

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