Console Help

Welcome to Console

View log messages and reports to get diagnostic information about your Mac and devices.

The Console window with devices on the left and log messages on the right.
The Console window with a log message selected and details in the bottom pane.

Check on your system

Console collects log messages that are generated from your computer and connected devices, and you can use these messages to check on your computer’s performance and solve problems. Just select the device on the left, and a log message on the right, then analyze the details in the bottom pane to check for issues.

Shows saving a search in Console after entering search criteria.

Find just what you need

Type a search phrase to find log messages and activities that fit what you need. Then, click Save below the search field to save your search to use again and again.

The Console window with a user report selected.

Pinpoint and share

In addition to log messages, you can also view reports of system activity and share these reports with a support technician or other person helping you troubleshoot a problem. Just find the report, then click the Share button.

Find out more about viewing log messages, searching logs and activities, and viewing reports.