How to clear ALL items from Safari's reading list? I have 100's of items in the list so do not want do do them individually.

I tried removing Bookmarks.plist in ~/Library/Safari/ which deletes the reading list on the mac locally but iCloud just adds them back, when syncing.

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Does this not work? Seems to for me.

Clear All

  • Yes this work, must have missed it since, it not on the iPad or iPhone Jul 20, 2013 at 23:31
  • Oh, I see. I only ever use it on the desktop, so I was a little confused about it now working for you.
    – Tortilla
    Jul 20, 2013 at 23:32
  • I don't have this in Safari Mac (7.0.6). Sep 3, 2014 at 14:54
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    @NicolasBarbulesco They moved it to a contextual menu. Right click on any item and you'll get an option to clear all.
    – funroll
    Sep 15, 2014 at 13:09
  • @funroll - Thank you for the tip. This is a rather weird use for a contextual menu. Dec 2, 2014 at 17:02

In more recent Safari versions where the button has gone away, just right-click or Control-click an item in the list. The context menu will show a Clear all… choice there.

  • Thanks the answer above no longer works on Sarari 9.
    – ArchonOSX
    Apr 18, 2016 at 17:19
  • I confirm that this solution works on macOS Big Sur
    – Paul
    Apr 22, 2021 at 17:45

Swipe item on list you want to delete. Delete option will appear.

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