Clear Cookies in Safari on a Mac

Dec 10, 2009 - 6 Comments

Safari Knowing how to clear cookies is pretty important for any number of reasons, be it for personal preference or troubleshooting issues with websites. You may be wondering how to remove cookies on a Mac running the Safari web browser, and that is exactly what we’ll show how to do.

This process is actually handled slightly different from version to version of Safari, with newer versions of the browser app being a bit easier than old versions. We’ll cover both just to be sure, that way it won’t matter what version of Mac OS X or what version of Safari you’re using, you’ll be able to erase all cookies if you need to. Let’s get started, covering modern versions first:

How to Clear All Cookies in Safari

Newer versions of Safari on the latest versions of OS X have changed how to remove all cookies from a Mac, but you’ll find the setting in the following location:

  • Pull down “Safari” menu and click “Preferences” then choose the “Privacy” tab
  • Click the “Remove All Website Data” button alongside “Cookies and other website data” and confirm at the popup to delete all cookies

This works in all modern versions of OS X, including Lion, OS X Mountain Lion, Mavericks, running Safari 5, Safari 6, Safari 7, and presumably any future versions as well.

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Older versions of Safari and older Macs can continue to use the method below, which is slightly different.

Clear Cookies in Older Versions of Safari

* From the Safari menu, drop down to ‘Preferences’
* Click the ‘Security’ tab at the top (the lock icon)
* Click the “Show Cookies” button
* From here you can search for site specific cookies if you only want to remove those, or remove all cookies
* Click ‘Done’

That’s all there is to it, now your cookies are cleared in Safari.

Updated: 3/26/2014

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Posted by: Manish Patel in How to, Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks


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  4. Maryam says:

    for some reasons I don’t have an option “show cookies”

    can you suggest me what to do?

  5. Maryam says:

    great) thanks a lot!

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