Viewing the list of downloads in OS X for all time

Jun

7

2013

[Tips & Tricks] Viewing the list of downloads in OS X for all time

Almost every day we are all owners of computers running OS X, download the one or even multiple files. Sometimes really want to remember what it is that we downloaded. The reasons for this may be different, so discuss them makes no sense. So what do you do if you want to find out what files were downloaded on a particular Mac?

We solve all of this, of course, through the terminal. Let me remind you, the terminal can be found in the Spotlight on request “terminal” or «terminal». In the terminal window, you would type the following command:

sqlite3 ~ / Library / Preferences / com.apple.LaunchServices.QuarantineEventsV * ‘select LSQuarantineDataURLString from LSQuarantineEvent’

If for some reason this command does not work, then most likely you are just too old Mac. In that case, try the following command:

sqlite3 ~ / Library / Preferences / com.apple.LaunchServices.QuarantineEventsV * ‘select LSQuarantineDataURLString from LSQuarantineEvent’ | sort

After entering the command, you will see a list consisting of all downloaded files to this Mac. Reference will also be listed. If you want to clear this list to, for example, no one else ever saw it, you will need to enter the following command:

sqlite3 ~ / Library / Preferences / com.apple.LaunchServices.QuarantineEventsV * ‘delete from LSQuarantineEvent’

In addition, for added security, you can configure the terminal so that it cleared the list automatically at each entrance. To do this in a terminal enter the Shell – «New Team” and enter the last command to clear the list. Done.

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