How To: Get a Crash Log in Mac OSX

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

Mac OSX 10.5

If you are running 10.5.8 your crashes will be written as one file per crash which will contain the name of the application that crashed, the date and time of the crash and the name of the computer. Your crash log should be located in the directory:

~/ Library / Logs / CrashReporter

e.g. ~Library/Logs/CrashReporter/Scratch Live_10-10-101745_Sam Stokess_MBP.

Mac OSX 10.6

If you are running 10.6.4 your crashes will be written as one crash per file which will contain the name of the application that crashed, the date and time of the crash and the name of the computer just as in 10.5.8 except that they are located here:

~/ Library / Logs / DiagnosticReports

e.g. ~Library/Logs/CrashReporter/Scratch Live_10-10-101745_Sam Stokess_MBP.

It will also put an alias of this in this location:

~/ Library / Logs / CrashReporter

Mac OSX 10.7/10.8/10.9

In Mac OS X 10.7 and 10.8, crash logs are saved in the same location as in Mac OS X Leopard (10.5.x) and Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6.x) except the ‘Library’ folder is hidden by default. To locate the Library folder, choose 'Go to Folder' from  Finder’s 'Go' menu and type:

~/Library/Logs/DiagnosticReports/

 e.g.~/ Library / Logs / DiagnosticReports/Scratch Live_10-10-101745_Sam Stokess_MBP.

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

chflags nohidden ~/Library


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