How to Free Up Space Used by Garage Band on a Mac

Garage Band is a cool app. You can make music easily, recording instruments, adding loops, and mixing and editing them. But you may not use Garage Band, and you may want to free up some of the space it uses.

In addition, depending on what you’ve downloaded for the app, Garage Band may take up a lot of space on your Mac. When looking at macOS Sierra’s new Storage dialog, I found that Garage Band was taking up more than 12 GB on my Mac.

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I had looked at three locations where Garage Band stores files, but thanks to a comment to that article, I found there was a fourth location, and that last folder held 9 GB of files.

Here’s where to look for Garage Band files:

  • Macintosh HD/Applications/GarageBand.app
  • Macintosh HD/Library/Application Support/GarageBand
  • Macintosh HD/Library/Application Support/Logic
  • Macintosh HD/Library/Audio/Apple Loops

The commenter references this article, which said that the last folder in the list could hold as much as 10 GB worth of files; that wasn’t the case for me. It was the Logic folder that had 9 GB of instruments and loops. I did, at one point, download some files – presumably loops – from Garage Band, but it never told me how much was being downloaded, and never showed a progress bar.

Interestingly, most other people have said they have 2-3 GB of Garage Band files, so presumably they downloaded files differently. Garage Band is opaque about what it downloads.

Note that if you do use Logic, you should not delete these files.

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