Lost progress after clearing browser cache

Recently I cleared my browser cache at work, which of course logged me out of FCC.

However, I since have tried logging in through every method with which I would have signed in (all six of the e-mail addresses I use, Facebook, both Google accounts, and GitHub) and after signing in with each, my progress does not display; it shows 0 of X completed.

I double-checked (just to make sure I hadn’t lost my mind) and I have my projects on Codepen; I triple-checked the e-mail I used to sign up for Codepen (which is almost certainly what I used to log in on FCC) and signed in with it - nada.

Is there any way to to recover this?

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.

Hi Ariel,

To clarify: When I am checking my main curriculum page on all of these accounts, I do not see any lessons ‘checked’ as having been completed. This is not an issue of not seeing the code solution if I select the lesson, but of seeing the checkmark on the curriculum page showing that the lesson was ever completed.

Does the information that you provided speak to that issue? If so, you mention a public profile; where can I access that? I will also check my Settings under each sign-in to see if the certification challenges are listed on any of them (i did not check this on all of them).


Every time you logged in with a new email address, you created a new account, which is why the profile would show nothing in your profile. (You also would not see your chosen username.)