Restore browser cache using Time Machine?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by reubs, Sep 29, 2010.

  1. reubs macrumors 68000

    Jun 22, 2006
    I've found myself in a position where I need to restore my browser history and cache. I've got time machine backups that I can use, but I can't figure out how to do it.

    For Firefox, I thought it would just has easy as restoring the folder found in ~/Home/Library/Application Support/Firefox from TM, but that doesn't seem to do the trick. I need to be able to get to the cache and not just the history to get some files that I hope got stored locally.

    Also, I'm wondering if I can do this same thing for Safari. There are some files that I hope got stored locally that aren't available anymore.

    Thanks for any help!
  2. MacForScience macrumors 6502


    Sep 7, 2010
    So why can't you just find the information again?

    User Library Folder Safari folder has history inside and local data

  3. Hal Itosis macrumors 6502a

    Hal Itosis

    Feb 20, 2010
    If you look at the output of this command...

    defaults read /System/Library/CoreServices/backupd.bundle/Contents/Resources/StdExclusions'll see that the entire /User/*anyone*/Library/Caches folder is excluded. Most browsers put their cache files there, and Time Machine does not backup that folder.

    Edit: FWIW, "/private/var/folders", "/private/var/tmp" and "/private/tmp" are also on that exclusions list.

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