Log In  |   Cart (0)  |
endefrJapanese

Clearing the Mac OS X font cache

Description

Mac OS X utilizes a folder of temporary files to improve overall performance in relation to font use. As fonts are turned on and off in the operating system, it may occasionally become necessary to clear the temporary files to ensure optimal performance.

Solution

Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger)

  • Close all applications, including Suitcase Fusion
  • Go to /Library/Caches/ and drag the “com.apple.ATS” folder to the Trash. You may need to enter an administrator password.
  • Restart the computer. You will not be able to empty the Trash until you restart.

Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard)

  • Close all applications, including Suitcase Fusion
  • Launch Terminal (from /Applications/Utilities)
  • Enter the following command at the prompt and press Return: atsutil databases -removeUser
  • Quit Terminal

Mac OSX 10.6 (Snow Leopard) through 10.8 (Mountain Lion)

You can remove font caches in Lion and Snow Leopard through Terminal.

  • Launch Terminal (from /Applications/Utilities)
  • Enter the following command at the prompt and press Return: sudo atsutil databases -remove
  • Important! Restart your computer immediately

Third-party utilities to reset font caches

Recent versions of FontDoctor include a feature to reset the operating system font cache on MacOS X. You can download FontDoctor here. There are other third-party utilities, such as FontNuke, that will reset operating system and application specific font caches.

Related KB Articles:

  1. NetPublish sites are not available on OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) or later
  2. Suitcase Fusion 5 recommendations for OS X 10.9 (Mavericks)
  3. Suitcase Fusion 5 recommendations for Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard)
  4. Suitcase Fusion 5 recommendations for Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion)
  5. Suitcase Fusion 5 recommendations for OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion)
  6. JAMF Casper Suite and OS font activation errors
  7. Suitcase Fusion 4 recommendations for Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion)
  8. Suitcase Fusion 3 recommendations for Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard)