Is there any way of convincing Safari to clear the cache when it quits? If not from Safari's options, then maybe an extension that does this?

I would use private browsing instead, but unfortunately it doesn't seem to work well for me (some sites say they can't use cookies, and a lot of functionality is broken with this enabled).

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The menubar app Cookie can clear exactly what you want to clear at quit, at timed intervals, or both.

Can also clear thosenefarious Tracking Cookies, as well as non-favorite cookies, Flash and other databases -- and do this for all your browsers.

Not part of the company--just think especially with Tracking, it's a must have. SweetPea Productions, trial available.


You could assign a shortcut to a script like this:

osascript -e 'quit app "Safari"'
rm -rf ~/Library/Caches/com.apple.Safari
rm -rf ~/Library/Caches/Metadata/Safari/History
rm -rf ~/Library/Safari/Databases
rm -f ~/Library/Safari/Form\ Values
rm -f ~/Library/Safari/Downloads.plist
rm -f ~/Library/Safari/History.plist
rm -f ~/Library/Safari/HistoryIndex.plist
rm -f ~/Library/Safari/LastSession.plist
rm -rf ~/Library/Safari/LocalStorage
rm -rf ~/Library/Safari/TopSites.plist
rm -rf ~/Library/Safari/WebpageIcons.db
rm -rf ~/Library/Saved\ Application\ State/com.apple.Safari.savedState

It doesn't remove:

  • Preferences stored in ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.Safari.plist
  • Bookmarks
  • Information stored in keychains
  • Extensions or their settings
  • Notification warnings (~/Library/Safari/UserNotificationPermissions.plist)
  • Location warnings (~/Library/Safari/LocationPermissions.plist)

I used dtrace to check which files were opened or deleted when I used the Reset Safari dialog.

sudo opensnoop -n Safari
sudo dtrace -n 'syscall::unlink:entry{printf("%u %s %s",pid,execname,copyinstr(arg0));}'

You can enable the Develop menu to clear the cache if you don't want to clear your history.

From your Safari menu bar click Safari > Preferences, then select the Advanced tab, then Show Develop menu in menu bar.

Now, from the menu bar click Develop > Empty Caches or use the keyboard shortcut, Option+Command+E.


This seems to be a working free option:

Safari Cleaner (applescript): http://macscripter.net/viewtopic.php?id=38244

Download from sourceforge: http://sourceforge.net/projects/safaricleaner/


I think it's not a good idea to scribble in system files directly. Let's do this job by Safari by automated action:

# clear cache and history of safari
# LB 10'2016 Ver 05

set SafariQuit to false # say to Safari good bye if we want

tell application "Safari" to activate # a good way to start safari without cookies
tell application "System Events" to tell process "Safari"
    set frontmost to true

    click (menu item "Verlauf löschen …" of menu 1 of menu bar item "Verlauf" of menu bar 1)

    if exists sheet 1 of front window then # check, if safari is runnung without of window
        click button "Verlauf löschen" of sheet 1 of front window
        click button "Verlauf löschen" of front window
        set SafariQuit to true # safari is running without window and also not used actually
    end if
end tell

if SafariQuit then
    tell application "Safari"
    end tell
end if

# accessibility Inspector.app (Xcode)
# http://www.leancrew.com/all-this/2012/04/accessibility-inspector/

Make'n App from this, add a nice "Safari in Waste".icns, put it in the dock and have fun. Don't forget to give this new App the rights to act in

  • This script works now for Safari Version 10.0 (11602.
    – Lima
    Oct 11, 2016 at 8:20

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