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I'm a heavy Chrome user for development, and wanted to try out Safari, but how do I get the console to see my traces and other outputs?

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With the Web Inspector pane open and focused, click on the "speech bubble" icon above the left-hand pane, or press Control-8.

Update: Or, whether the Web Inspector pane is open or not, press Option-Command-C; or, if you have made the Developer menu visible in Safari's preferences, drop down "Develop" and choose "Show Error Console".

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thanks! :D Sorry for the delayed check, I thought I had come back. I noticed that I couldn't see the chat bubble when the inspector was in attached mode. I could see it when it was in 'detached' mode. –  Leon Gaban Sep 9 '13 at 19:53
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From Apple's Using the Console to Debug JavaScript in Safari:

You can also press the Esc key anywhere in Web Inspector to move focus to the Quick Console in the bottom bar.

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The other answers are fine, but for prosperity (Google search completeness...): on Mac OSX you open Chrome developer tools with Option+Cmd+I (or Option+Cmd+J to go directly to the JavaScript Console), on with Safari it is Option+Cmd+C.

To enable the Developer Tools in Safari:

  1. Open Safari Preferences - Cmd+,
  2. Advanced tab
  3. At the bottom of the dialog, click the "Show Develop menu in menu bar"
  4. Close the dialog - Cmd+w
  5. Now Safari shows the Develop menu
  6. The Develop menu has the option "Show Error Console - Option+Cmd+C"

Press Option+Cmd+C to open the developer tools window, similar to Chrome's...

For me, the Safari JavaScript console seems to be a bit better than Chrome on a Mac for debugging AngularJS module loading errors :-)

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