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mac_apt - macOS (and iOS) Artifact Parsing Tool

Latest version status

Latest version status

mac_apt is a DFIR (Digital Forensics and Incident Response) tool to process Mac computer full disk images (or live machines) and extract data/metadata useful for forensic investigation. It is a python based framework, which has plugins to process individual artifacts (such as Safari internet history, Network interfaces, Recently accessed files & volumes, ..)

mac_apt now also includes ios_apt, for processing ios images.

Requirements: Python 3.7 or above (32/64 bit)


  • Cross platform (no dependency on pyobjc)
  • Works on E01, VMDK, AFF4, DD, split-DD, DMG (no compression), SPARSEIMAGE & mounted images
  • XLSX, CSV, TSV, Sqlite outputs
  • Analyzed files/artifacts are exported for later review
  • zlib, lzvn, lzfse compressed files are supported!
  • Native HFS & APFS parser
  • Reads the Spotlight database and Unified Logging (tracev3) files


✔️ Can read Axiom created targeted collection zip files
✔️ ios_apt can read GrayKey extracted file system
✔️ Can read RECON created .sparseimage files
✔️ Support for macOS Big Sur Sealed volumes (11.0)
✔️ Introducing ios_apt for processing iOS/ipadOS images
✔️ FAST mode
✔️ Encrypted 🔒 APFS images can now be processed using password/recovery-key 🔑
✔️ macOS Catalina (10.15+) separately mounted SYSTEM & DATA volumes now supported
✔️ AFF4 images (including macquisition created) are supported

Available Plugins (artifacts parsed) Description
APPLIST Reads apps & printers installed and/or available for each user from appList.dat
ARD Reads ARD (Apple Remote Desktop) cached databases about app usage
AUTOSTART Retrieves programs, daemons, services set to start at boot/login
BASICINFO Basic machine & OS configuration like SN, timezone, computer name, last logged in user, HFS info
BLUETOOTH Gets Bluetooth Artifacts
CHROME Read Chrome History, Top Sites, Downloads and Extension info
COOKIES Reads .binarycookies, .cookies files and HSTS.plist for each user
DOCKITEMS Reads the Dock plist for every user
DOCUMENTREVISIONS Reads DocumentRevisions database
DOMAINS Active Directory Domain(s) that the mac is connected to
FSEVENTS Reads file system event logs (from .fseventsd)
IDEVICEBACKUPS Reads and exports iPhone/iPad backup databases
IDEVICEINFO Reads and exports connected iDevice details
IMESSAGE Read iMessage chats
INETACCOUNTS Retrieve configured internet accounts (iCloud, Google, Linkedin, facebook..)
INSTALLHISTORY Software Installation History
MSOFFICE Reads Word, Excel, Powerpoint and other office MRU/accessed file paths
NETUSAGE Read network usage data statistics per application
NETWORKING Interfaces, last IP address, MAC address, DHCP ..
NOTES Reads notes databases
NOTIFICATIONS Reads mac notification data for each user
PRINTJOBS Parses CUPS spooled print jobs to get information about files/commands sent to a printer
QUARANTINE Reads the quarantine database and .LastGKReject file
QUICKLOOK Reads the QuickLook index.sqlite and carves thumbnails from
RECENTITEMS Recently accessed Servers, Documents, Hosts, Volumes & Applications from .plist and .sfl files. Also gets recent searches and places for each user
SAFARI Internet history, downloaded file information, cookies and more from Safari caches
SAVEDSTATE Gets window titles from Saved Application State info
SCREENTIME Reads ScreenTime database for program and app usage
SPOTLIGHT Reads the spotlight index databases
SPOTLIGHTSHORTCUTS User typed data in the spotlight bar & targeted document/app
SUDOLASTRUN Gets last time sudo was used and a few other times earlier (if available)
TERMINALSTATE Reads Terminal saved state files which includes full text content of terminal windows
TERMSESSIONS Reads Terminal (bash & zsh) history & sesions for every user
UNIFIEDLOGS Reads macOS unified logging logs from .tracev3 files
USERS Local & Domain user information - name, UID, UUID, GID, account creation & password set dates, pass hints, homedir & Darwin paths
WIFI Gets wifi network information

Coming soon..

  • More plugins
  • More documentation

For installation (to run from code) see
Please read the documentation here:

To download, proceed here -


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