Finding your YouTube and other temp files

by Erica Sadun

Have your temporary Webkit files disappeared from your /tmp folder? Perhaps you should be looking in your /var/tmp folder instead. Recently Firefox and Safari seem to store flash temporary items in a new location. Look in /var/tmp/folders.501/TemporaryItems. (This assumes that your user id is 501, which is typical but not certain--type id at the command line.) Instead of being named "Webkitplugin", the file will be called something like "TemporaryFlashItem".


2006-12-27 16:27:56
I was wondering where those files had gone. Thanks for that!
2006-12-28 12:11:47
Alternatively, one could use iCab to view such files then use its cache browser to save them.
dash riprock
2007-12-06 14:54:36
This really helped. Had some trouble "finding" var/tmp but then used the Finder's "Go To Folder..." dialog to type in the path; that might be a detail to add to the article.