Mac OS Log and Crash Report Locations for OS X 10.7, 10.8, 10.9

Within Mac OS X, crash reports are saved in various locations depending on which version of Mac OS X you have installed.

Since I work with 10.7.x and greater here are the ones I’m most interested in:

Mac OS X 10.7/10.8/10.9

In Mac OS X 10.7, 10.8, 10.9 crash logs are saved in the ‘Library’ folder which is hidden by default. To locate the Library folder, choose ‘Go to Folder’ from  Finder’s ‘Go’ menu and type:

~/Library/Logs/DiagnosticReports/

TIP: To make the Library folder permanently visible in Mac OS X 10.7/10.8/10.9, type the following command in Terminal:

chflags nohidden ~/Library

A look in there will look like this. Notice that Indesign has been a bad program lately:

Adobe Illustrator_2014-06-23-151424_NY05-0020.crash	
Adobe InDesign CS6_2014-07-03-193002_NY05-0020.crash	
Adobe InDesign CS6_2014-07-04-162801_NY05-0020.crash
Adobe InDesign CS6_2014-06-23-170943_NY05-0020.crash	
Adobe InDesign CS6_2014-07-03-193036_NY05-0020.crash	
Adobe InDesign CS6_2014-07-04-162943_NY05-0020.crash
Adobe InDesign CS6_2014-07-03-154725_NY05-0020.crash	
Adobe InDesign CS6_2014-07-03-193510_NY05-0020.crash	
Adobe InDesign CS6_2014-07-04-163221_NY05-0020.crash
Adobe InDesign CS6_2014-07-03-155019_NY05-0020.crash	
Adobe InDesign CS6_2014-07-03-193829_NY05-0020.crash	
Adobe InDesign CS6_2014-07-04-163312_NY05-0020.crash
Adobe InDesign CS6_2014-07-03-155534_NY05-0020.crash
Google Chrome Helper_2014-06-07-094200_NY05-0020.crash

If you’re logged on from SSH and you’re not the user in question you can use sudo to see the users logs, just use the path below with the user name:

~/Users/username/Library/Logs/DiagnosticReports

Happy troubleshooting!

 

 

 

 

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Author: Helicopter Jeff

I'm a vinyl decal cutting and designing, Astrophotography and general photography capturing, RC helicopter/quad copter pilot, Arduino and Raspberry Pi hardware/software developer, network, scripting and troubleshooting ninja living in the metro NY area. I am passionate about my hobbies so much I do them for a living. There's nothing better than getting paid to do what you love.

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