Apple Safari

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Apple Safari is the default web browser included with Mac OS X. The support files for this browser are stored in the user's home directory in /Users/[username]/Library/Safari/.


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

The user directory:

On MacOS-X


The cache directory:

On MacOS-X



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.


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

This file uses the SQLite database format.

Also See

Apple Safari History File Format

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