My work is gone! (Although my progress, fortunately, is still there)

Let me try and help out, because the statement “my work is gone” is rather vague and can mean many different things.There are two different types of saved progress for Free Code Camp: your profile and your browser cache.

Your completed challenges are all saved to your account in the FCC database. You can see the list of completed challenges and also the last submitted solutions by looking at your profile page. When the update happened you have not lost any of your completed challenges or projects. They are available on your profile to view.

Your current challenge progress is saved in your browser’s local storage. It appears with this update that the map no longer exists. Keep in mind, the map was stored in local storage too, so if you cleared your cache, your last solution would not load in the map. If you are changing browsers or clearing your cache regularly you’ll have to use the new explore area to navigate to your next challenge. 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 which allows for versioning. With the new update, your current progress in local storage may have been lost. Sorry for any inconvenience, I know that’s aggravating, but there’s not much that can be done.

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Thanks for that, but it’s not just my current challenge that’s been lost. Every character I typed in challenges in FCC, say, my Falsy Bouncer, is gone - is that ALL stored in the browser cache?
Also, I haven’t cleared my cache, so would it be possible to dive into my Chrome and somehow retrieve the code?

PS, is that a better title?

No, if you completed and passed the challenge, your solution should be available on your profile. I can double check, but if you passed the challenge, it should be saved to the database.

I’m seeing the same issue.

I’ve completed and passed challenges/projects about until about half through the intermediate algorithms. I’ve viewed the challenges from both my portfolio page and from the new url. In both cases, it says that the challenge has been completed, but the code is not there. The work is gone, but the progress is still there.

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Ah! Thanks for that. I’ve now found at least SOME of the work, even thought most of it is still missing.
However, when I click on the link to go to one of my challenges, it opens a blank page, and when I go to those challenges, it shows me the original code.

Also, even with challenges I’ve done since the update, they aren’t keeping what I’ve done. For instance, I went back and did the Hello World in HTML challenge, but when I go back and check on that now, it’s still showing the starting code.

Things are definitely still buggy. Keep in mind, the entire platform was built from the ground up in React I believe. I can’t login for anything right now. Driving me crazy.

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It looks like the ability to access previous solutions from the portfolio page is one of the areas that still needs work. The first HTML challenge is not getting marked as completed for anyone. Go ahead and jump to another challenge and ignore this one for now.

Thank you for your reply.

Change is good… eventually.

First HTML section has new code lessons, but they won’t accept valid solutions. No way to progress. This could be off-putting to your newest recruits as these are the first lessons they will attempt…
New HTML section will not let me copy blocks of text. I like to move text and code samples by copy/paste. This eliminates spelling mistakes & other errors.

@IsaacAbrahamson @jawaka72 @ahmunre
Well, it’s reassuring to know that I’m not the only one having this issue…


I also tried this with the HTML5 elements page, which also didn’t save my work.


Welcome! I hope it helps!


I might quit this for now, and work on something in CodePen. I’ll be back tomorrow to see if stuff’s working better.

Sounds like a good idea. To be honest, once I heard that the new update was coming out (a little over a year ago) I stopped work on most freeCodeCamp stuff until I knew things were settled down.

My progress is there, but the code is not the same. Also, don’t seem to have settings for my account anymore.

The settings page is accessed from the top-right corner. If the settings that you are talking about is the dark theme, that just hasn’t been implemented yet.

Ok, got it. In Firefox, there is no settings box at all, in Chrome there is, but my name is actually just a long list of numbers and letters and won’t let me change back to my name. Last night I could get to most of my work, tonight I can’t get to any.

Two questions: why am I asked to check my email for a code whenever I try to sign in, and will I be able to use this platform at all with Chrome 49, or Firefox 48? Thanks.

If you’re accessing via, then there is a Settings button. If you’re accessing via, you’ll see your avatar instead. Both point to the settings page.
FCC now uses passwordless authentication. You’ll need to enter your email, a code will be sent to your inbox, submit that code to login.
I believe if you don’t use private/incognito mode, or clear your browser cache, then you’ll stay logged in. Otherwise, you’ll have to do the authentication steps everytime you access the page.
For browser compatibility, I’d suggest using the latest version, but I think those versions would be fine as FCC is quite friendly with Chrome and Firefox.

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I would recommend updating your browsers. Not only is it a significant security concern, but web programming evolves very quickly and older versions do not support all of the newer features. You would likely experience some differences from the intended experience and some parts of FCC may not work at all.

Yeah, this is not true unfortunately.

While our progress has remained, the solutions (our codes and every note we wrote to figure out how we came up with those solutions) are gone. Only a few ‘solutions’ are clickable, even through the curriculum. Clicking those solutions brings website errors and takes us to a red wall of text.

This is another link about this, in the general section:

There is a note that states that they are working on a method to allow us to download all our code previously stored in Cross fingers it comes soon. Until then, probably just watch youtube videos.

Your solutions are still associated with your account. They are not yet accessible to the UI the way that they are intended to be.

But are our challenge solutions still being saved to the FCC’s servers?

Every time I finish a challenge, there is the option to download my solution. Should I download it? Or is it better to wait for the solutions to be available through the UI?

My comment above is out of date. As the number of lessons and the number of student accounts have increased dramatically, FCC no longer saves all solutions to all challenges. Only those challenges that are marked as projects are saved. If you want to keep your solutions, you should save your own copies.