Application Logs Removal on iMac/MacBook

By Lois Green, Tuesday, April 18, 2017

You are running out of space. So you search on your Mac to see what is taking up your space. Then you discover this Logs folder that takes up 28 GB of your space! What on earth are these log files doing on your iMac/MacBook? Is it okay to remove all of them? How can you safely delete files in Logs folder to get more space? All these questions will be answered below.

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What is Application Logs & Can I Delete Them?

An application log, or an application log file, is the file that records events of the application, which can reveal information about message flow issues, application problems, and user/system actions. To be more specific, the information of an application log includes: 

  • Warnings about low disk space;

  • Any significant errors;

  • An operation that has been conducted;

  • A success audit, such as a successful login;

  • A failure audit, such as a login failure.

It is totally safe to delete these application logs. Sometimes, it is necessary to delete applications logs: when you delete an application on Mac, the log files of the application are left behind taking up your space. So to free up space on Mac's hard drive, why not start from removing application logs?

Where to Find Application Logs on iMac/MacBook?

Step 1. Hit Command+Shift+G from desktop to bring out the "Go to the folder" window.

Step 2. Type in ~/Library/Logs and enter. Don't miss ~. If you type /Library/Logs, you will be leaded to the folder of system log files, not the application logs.

Step 3. The Logs folder will come up. You'll see a list of log files and folders.

Application Logs on Mac

Now you can go ahead and delete the application logs. Please notice that you are supposed to go into each folder of the applications and delete the files inside the folders, not the folders themselves.

How to Remove Application Logs to Get More Space?

Other than removing application logs manually, there is also a more clever way to remove the log files: using Dr. Cleaner.

Dr. Cleaner is a free program to clean iMac/MacBook running on OS X 10.11 or later. After installing the program on your Mac, you can delete application logs from the program so that you don't have to get in the Log folder. Moreover, you can also remove application caches, duplicate files, old photos, music, documents, apps and app data from the program.

With Dr. Cleaner, you can easily perform a complete clean-up on your iMac/MacBook and give the computer a fresh start. It is now available on Mac App Store. Click the button to get it.

Download Cleaner

To remove application logs with Dr. Cleaner, follow these steps. 

  1. Start Dr. Cleaner and click Scan in the Junk Files category.

  2. After scanning, choose Application Logs.

  3. Choose all the log files and click Remove.

  4. The log files are gone and now you get the spare space.

Remove App Logs on Mac

You can go ahead to free up more space by deleting unwanted photos, music, videos, apps, duplicate copies with Dr. Cleaner. It really make the clean-up easier by gathering together all files that can be removed.

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