Where are iMessage Files Stored on My Mac, MacBook Pro/Air? Log File

Last Updated on Nov 10, 2020

Are you looking for old messages and some attachments on your Mac? Then don’t worry there is a simple way to get messages and attachments of past conversations of iMessage on Mac. iMessage files stored on Mac in All MacOS versions (MacOS Mojave, MacOS High Sierra, Sierra).The backup of iMessage is stored locally on Mac by default, not on Apple servers unless you take backup to your iCloud storage.

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Every messages and video, photos or any other media is sync automatically and stored on the following path,



By default, Apple Doesn’t allow permission to access or view save iMessage history or log file from your System. Here’s the simple guide to access System Log of your Mac’s iMessage.

6 Check Where is Messages log file on Mac

Keep in mind that both the Archives folder and Attachments folder works differently. The attachments folder stores the videos and images that you have exchanged in iMessage with your friend. On the other side, the archives folder stores the messages that you have saved or closed the conversation in iMessage. Besides, the chat.db keeps all the data of the current and old message histories of iMessage.

Where is the iMessage log file store on Mac?

Step #1: Launch “Finder”.

Step #2: Now hold down the “Option” key.

1 Find Saved Location of iMessage log file on Mac

Step #3: Open “Library” from the “Go menu”.

2 See Message Folder inside Services

Step #4: Next, click on “Messages” and the Archive folder.

There you will find two folders one is Archive and the other is Attachments and also you will see “chat.db” labeled database.

3 Find Database file of Messages app on Mac

The alternate method to find saved log file of iMessage conversation using Command line. Run this command on Finder profile.

Even you can also retrieve your messages from the saved chats which are located in the following path.

Step #1: Launch “Finder”.

Step #2: Click on the “Go menu”.

Step #3: Next, open “Go to Folder”.

4 Find Go to Finder option on Mac's finder

Step #4: Enter the following path in Go to Folder,


5 Enter iMessage log file location on Mac

If you do not find your iMessage Archive and Attachments then read on,

If you need to use or track old iMessage conversation in future, then you can set default settings for all Messages conversation. That automatically saved on Drive if closed.

Probably there are chances that your Mac isn’t allowed to store the iMessage log files because you haven’t enabled that option. So take a look and allow Mac to store archives and attachments.

Step #1: Launch the “Messages” app.

Step #2: Then, click on “Messages” and then open “Preferences”.

Step #3: Click on the “General” tab.

Step #4: Next to the Application, enable the “Save history when conversations are closed”.

7 Auto save Conversations after close on Messages app on Mac

If you like this post, Share with your friends. This is a great tutorial while you lost Messages app on Mac or Corrupted after the update or Whatever reason. You can use this backup folder for restore live or ideal conversation for the future use.

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