Apple Safari

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Apple Safari is the default web browser included with Mac OS X.

Locations

The Safari browser uses different locations to store different kind of information.

The user directory:

On MacOS-X

/Users/$USER/Library/Safari/

On Windows XP

C:\Documents and Settings\%USERNAME%\Application Data\Apple Computer\Safari\

On Windows 7

C:\Users\{user}\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\Safari\

The cache directory:

On MacOS-X

/Users/$USER/Library/Caches/com.apple.Safari/

On Windows XP

C:\Documents and Settings\%USERNAME%\Local Settings\Application Data\Apple Computer\Safari\

On Windows 7

C:\Users\{user}\AppData\Local\Apple Computer\Safari\

History

The browser history is stored in a binary plist file named History.plist in the user directory.

This file can be viewed directly in Mac OS X by opening file in the Property List Editor program.

For each web site, the program records the URL visited, the date and time of the last visit, and the number of times the site has been visited.

The date and time values are stored as a floating point value containing the number of seconds since Jan 1, 2001 00:00:00 UTC.

On a Windows PC History.plist file can be opened in Oxygen Forensic Plist Viewer software.

The downloads history can also be found in the user directory in a binary plist file named Downloads.plist.

Cache

The Safari cache is stored in Cache.db in the cache directory.

This file uses the SQLite database format.

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