Viewing cookies stored by a web page in Safari

I wanted to check on the cookies stored when I visited a site using Safari 9.1.1 (10601.6.17) on a MacBook Pro laptop running OS X Yosemite (10.10.5). When I clicked on Safari on the Safari menu bar and then selected Preferences, then Privacy, I saw a "Cookies and website data" section, but no means to view the cookies, only a way to delete them by clicking on Remove All Website Data.

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Safari Privacy menu

However, you can configure Safari to show details on cookies that are placed on the system when you visit a webpage by taking the following steps within the Safari browser.

  1. Click on Safari.
  2. Select Preferences.
  3. Click on Advanced.
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    Safari Advanced menu

  4. Click on the check box next to "Show Develop menu in menu bar. You will then see Develop appear on Safari's menu bar.

    Safari menu bar

  5. Click on Develop on the menu bar.
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    Safari Develop menu

  6. Select Show Web Inspector.
  7. Click on Storage. You will see Cookies in the left pane.

    Safari Web Inspector - Storage

  8. Click on Coookies in the left pane to expand it, which will show you cookies placed on your system when you visited the page in the Safari tab you are currently viewing.

    Safari - cookies expanded

  9. If you click on one of the sites listed under Cookies, you can see the particular cookies associated with that site (example).

Note: if, instead, you wish to see a list of all the cookies that are currently stored by Safari for all sites, see View all Safari cookies on an OS X system for instructions on how you can do so using a Python script.

Related articles:

  1. View all Safari cookies on an OS X system
  2. Viewing the source code for a webpage under Safari and changing the user agent


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