How to clean up log files on Mac OS X

02 18/ By Shelton

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Do you know how and where to find out log files on Mac OS X? How can you remove log files on your Mac? Have you ever asked yourself about these problems? Now you can find all the answers to the questions above here.

Where can you find log files on your Mac?

Log files capture all the traces of all the tasks that your Mac computer completes while in use. To detect log files on Mac, you need to follow sequential steps to easily find out the log files on Mac. Now you can follow the instructions as bellows to simply find out log files on Mac OS X.

  • Step 1: Open Finder on your DOCK by clicking on the icon at the bottom of your screen. Select “Applications” tab on the left-hand sidebar of the screen.

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  • Step 2: Scroll down to the bottom of the Finder interface, click on the “Utilities” tab and you will be directed to the next window, where you can find Console on the interface.

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  • Step 3: Launch Console with double clicks on the Console icon, and there will be a list of log files on the screen. If you can’t find the log files, click “Show Log List” on the top left-hand of the screen.

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That’s how you can find out log files on your Mac.

How to clean up log files on Mac?

There are two options that you can remove the log files on your Mac. The first option is to clean up all the log files manually on our Mac.

  • Step 1: Launch Finder, click on the Go menu and then select “Go to Folder”.

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  • Step 2: Enter “~/Library/Logs” and click on “Go” to search for the log files. Note that you have to type “~”, which will ensure that you are searching for the user log files not the system log files.

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  • Step 3: Delete all the log files by selecting all the files and pressing down Command+ backspace shortcuts.

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  • Step 4: Empty your trash to completely clear all the log files on your Mac. Tab Control+ click on the Trash icon in your DOCK and then select “Empty Trash”, or right click on the Trash icon, select “Secure Empty Trash.

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  • Step 5: Reboot your Mac.

In addition, there are some log files storing in the /var/log folder, yet not all the log files in this folder can be safely removed. To ensure a safe removal of those log files in the /var/log folder, you can also resort to a smart tool, which can help you clean up the log files on your Mac automatically. To perform the removal, all you need to cover is as follows:

  • Step 1: Download the smart tool.
  • Step 2: click “Fast Cleanup” option in the left-hand sidebar on the interface, and then click “Start Scan”.

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  • Step 3: Click on “Remove All” to remove the log files on your Mac computer.

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Moreover, the Fast Cleanup function in the smart tool can not only remove the log files but can also clean up other junk files on your Mac.

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