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Where'd it go?

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Artie Hall

05 Aug, 2015 08:21 AM

AdBlock used to maintain a file in /Users/artie/Library/Safari/LocalStorage that was a database of my manual edits, but that file has disappeared.

Since I like to maintain a backup of my edits in case of emergency, I'd like to now where it is now stored.


  1. 1 Posted by Artie Hall on 05 Aug, 2015 08:32 AM

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    This discussion should NOT have been closed! (I clicked on "Read More", and the thumbs-up icon appeared. [Bug?])



    Those steps are listed in the "How do I delete the settings file for AdBlock in Safari?" discussion, but the named file no longer exists, and that's the crux of my discussion.

    Where has it gone?

  2. Support Staff 2 Posted by Rhana on 07 Aug, 2015 12:21 AM

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    Hi Artie,

    I'll ask our developers about this. In the meantime, can you please provide a link to the instructions you were reading?

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  3. 3 Posted by Artie2 on 07 Aug, 2015 12:36 AM

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    Hi, Rhana,

    First, I've gotten my question answered by another Extension developer with whom I happened to be corresponding when I posted my discussion. The data that AdBlock used to store in Local Storage is now stored in /Users/yourshortusername/Library/Preferences/ in Safari 5.1.0; it's in a separate plist in later versions of Safari, but I don't know precisely which ones.

    Second, as I said, the discussion from which I got those instructions was "How do I delete the settings file for AdBlock in Safari?", but I can't find it again to provide you with a link.

    Thanks for your response.


  4. Support Staff 4 Posted by Rhana on 07 Aug, 2015 07:28 PM

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    Hi Artie,

    Glad you were able to find an answer! I found the article in our Knowledge Base.

    According to our lead developer,
    "In OS X Yosemite, running Safari 8, I found our persisted data in the file: in the directory ~/Library/Preferences
    I should point out that extensions don't pick the file name(s), locations, etc. Safari does this for us. There's a layer of abstraction between extensions and the file system provide by Safari."

    I'll put updating our KB article to include this information on our to-do list. :)

    AdBlock Community Manager

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