Avoiding Safari slowdowns (v8.0 onwards)

8 July 2015, 07:29

For years I’ve had problems with Safari simply pausing for a few seconds when I type something into the search field, especially when a new tab has been opened for the purpose.

I’ve literally tried everything across several different Macs — disabling prefetching (resets itself randomly), deleting the cache, deleting cookies, resetting Safari, disabling extensions… Nothing has worked.

But now think I’ve found a solution.

Close Safari, open Terminal (it’s in the Utility folder of the Applications list) and paste in the following:

rm -rf ~/Library/Caches/com.apple.Safari/Cache.db

Then restart Safari. It should now be faster and your cookies won’t be deleted either!

Know better?