Safely remove temp items in /tmp, /private/var/&/var/folders on Mac

03 31/ By Shelton

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Frequent usage of Mac computer will inevitably accumulate lots of temporary files and caches. When your Mac runs slowly, you might think about how to remove those temporary items as well as the bloated /private/var/, and /var/folders. Yet can you just drag all those target files into the Trash as what you always perform to remove a packaged application? Absolutely not.

There are different temporary items accumulate in Mac OS X, preference file is one of them. You can navigate to the preferences folder and trash the files you want to remove manually, but it doesn’t mean that you can perform the same way to remove all the temporary items and /private/var/folders/.

To be brief, you can’t intervene in the directories of /tmp/, /private/var/folders even they are so large and take up lots of space. Or your wrong doings will damage the installation of your Mac, and you will never see your machine to boot or behave as expected. Then how can you deal with the temporary files and bloated /private/var/folders/? Here is how.

1. Reboot your Mac
Yes, we are not kidding. You can clear the temporary files and /private/var, or /var/folders by rebooting your Mac.
Mac computers carry a special function, the built-in cache clearing function. As long as you reboot your Mac, the function will be triggered and your Mac will remove the temporary files, caches, and unnecessary contents in /private/,/var/, and /var/ folders. This function allows Mac OS X to determine what temporary file is needed and what is not.

2. Utilize a professional tool
Manual removal of the temporary items in /tmp/, /private/var/ and /var/folders may cause problems, but you can also maintain those unwanted temp files with the help of a third-party tool, which can perform a safe cleanup of the unnecessary files like caches and logs on your Mac with the specific cleaners.

Here are two available options for you to remove the temp items in folders /tmp/, /private/var/, and also the /var/ folder.If you can’t remove the target files for some reasons, you can also reboot your Mac in the Safe Mode by starting your Mac while pressing down the Shift key.Hope you can make your Mac clean and tidy with these tips.

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