When my scheduled backup task failed with "out of disk space error" I discovered that I had a massive folder at /private/var/folders/<\w\w>/<\w+>/<\W>/com.apple.Safari/WebKitDropDestination-<\w+>/ and this folder was full of video files that really were from my Apple Photos library. Strangely, these videos .mov files (I've only checked few random ones) are still present in my Photos library. Well, some version of them anyway. This /private … folder is almost 72 GB in size, which is why my backup task croaked. So…

  1. what the heck is this WebKitDropDestination?
  2. why does it have old videos that I have not otherwise touched or moved?
  • Great question, you might navigate to that folder in time machine - shift-command-g let’s you navigate to a path and delete all backups of /private/var/folders and then exclude it temporarily unti, you sort our if a restart clears this. – bmike May 23 at 14:33

DropDestination is Apple's developer terminology for the destination of a Drag action, e.g. when you drag something with the mouse from one app to another.

WebKit is Safari's HTML rendering engine. WebKitDropDestination appears in the WebKit source code and is part of the drag and drop code. The folder is intended to be temporary.

There doesn't seem to be any formal documentation of the term WebKitDropDestination or other references online.

If you have indeed dragged a bunch of your videos onto Safari or an application that uses web views, to upload them to a site, then this is the likely explanation.

If you haven't done anything of the kind, then it may serve some other use. Folders of this kind usually get deleted on a restart.

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