In older versions there was an option to reset safari

But in 9.0.3 I am not seeing this option

What are the alternatives? How can I reset safari 9.0.3?

1 Answer 1


Safari can also be reset from the command line.

Open a Terminal window and type the following or to be safe launch finder and navigate to the following locations and manually delete or move these

mv ~/Library/Safari ~/Desktop/Safari-`date +%Y%m%d%H%M%S`; \
rm -Rf ~/Library/Caches/Metadata/Safari; \
rm -Rf ~/Library/Caches/com.apple.Safari; \
rm -Rf ~/Library/Preferences/Apple\ -\ Safari\ -\ Safari\ Extensions\ Gallery;
rm -Rf ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.Safari.LSSharedFileList.plist; \
rm -Rf ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.Safari.RSS.plist; \
rm -Rf ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.Safari.plist; 

This should give you a fresh Safari with the menu item option to reset Safari again.

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    i edited the answer with correct information and removed assumptions about 9.0.3
    – SeanClt
    Mar 17, 2016 at 5:34
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    This just solved a particularly annoying problem for me where Google would appear signed out every time I opened a new tab. Oct 27, 2021 at 14:34

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