Do you enjoy digging through trash? Of course you don’t. Even sanitation workers don’t like it (garbage collector is so politically incorrect).
Sometimes, there’s treasure in trash. For Mac Safari users, the treasure is in the cache. When you browse to a web site, Safari collects what you see on the web page, and stores it in a cache file. Here’s how to dig for treasure in the cache trash.
The Treasure Is In The Cache Trash
A cache is a storage place for temporary files that are not likely to be needed for very long. Safari stores graphics, photos, music, videos, and other goodies in a humongous cache file.
Actually, the cache file is as much like a toilet as a garage.
A garage has hidden treasure but it’s painful to find it. A toilet can be emptied with a flush (but there’s no treasure).
Safari’s cache has treasure but can be flushed away. It’s also not easy to dig into until SafariCacheExplorer, the little Mac app that saves your browser cache from being flushed, and reveals the hidden treasures inside.
10 Ways To Look In The Cache Trash
SafariCacheExplorer gets inside the cache so you can find the treasure. It’s much easier and cleaner than messing around your toilet. Fire up SafariCacheExplorer and here’s what you get to explore:
SafariCacheExplorer digs into the cache file to reveal what’s there.
You can filter and search for specific types of files (for example, photos, images, videos), or simply delete the whole mess. SCE (I’m tired of typing SafariCacheExplorer) works in true Mac drag and drop fashion. Find a file, do a Preview via QuickLook, drag and drop to wherever you want it to go.
Find a link in the cache? Click to open in Safari.
Export reports of all the files (it’s like doing an inventory of trash—gotta get your geek on for that).
SCE even looks at other non-Safari cache files. You can create a filter for specialized searches and use it again and again.
SafariCacheExplorer replaces my previous cache trash method of scouring the Activities window trying to find a file name that made sense and Option Double-Clicking to download it. This is way easier. SCE is like the Toto of cache trash search apps. Less expensive, cleaner, more fun.