How to Clean Log Files on Mac

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Pretty much every piece of computer software stores logs related to their performance, configuration, changes, and crashes. MacOS is not an exception, and users may be unaware that there is a large number of log files generated not just by the operating system but also by the software running on the computer. While these files do not take a lot of space initially, they may end up being quite the disk space hog if they are not cleaned for a year or two. If you wish to learn how to clean log files on Mac, then keep on reading – you would be surprised how little time it takes to remove unnecessary logs.

Wiping Out Old Logs on your Mac

You will need to open Applications -> Finder and then select the Go -> Go to Folder menu on top. Enter '~/Library/Logs' and press Enter. This folder contains pretty much all log files that were generated by your operating system and software ever since they were first installed. Typically, deleting these files will not have any negative consequences and, in fact, it is likely to speed up performance a little. Still, we recommend backing up the folder's contents temporarily. After the backup is done, wipe out the folder's contents clean, and restart your Mac.

Test your software – if everything works correctly, then you can delete the backup and empty the trash to finalize the process. Do this every few months to make the most out of your disk space, and reduce the negative impact that old Mac logs may have. Look for other tips on how to draw the most performance out of your system? Check our guide on How to Speed Up Your Mac.

May 14, 2021

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