How to Clear the Console Log on a Mac

by Bennett Gavrish

When a Mac computer recognizes that an error has occurred somewhere in its system, it makes a note of the problem in a log file. Users can access this log file at any time through the Console application, which can be found in the "Utilities" folder of any Mac. In the Console window, users can view all recent error messages that the system has recorded; but because this log can quickly become cluttered , it may be necessary to periodically clear the data. This article explains how to manually clear the Console log file on a Mac.

Open a new Finder window by clicking on the icon in the dock.

Navigate to the "Applications" folder in the new Finder window. Then find and open the "Utilities" folder.

Double-click on the "Console" icon to open the Console utility program. A new window will open that lists all recent error messages the system has recorded.

Click the "Show Log List" button in the upper left corner of the Console window, then select a specific log file from the left portion of the screen.

Click the "Clear Display" button at the top of the Console window to reset the log file and clear all existing error messages.

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About the Author

Bennett Gavrish is an I.T. professional who has been writing about computers, electronics and the Web since 2004. His work has appeared in the "Nashua Telegraph" and the "Daily Free Press" and on numerous websites. Gavrish received a bachelor's degree in journalism from Boston University.