Is it possible to change the download directory of iTunes on mac?

  • I use mac OSX (10.8.5) and iTunes 11.0.5.
  • I want to relocate the directory on a external hard disk storage?

The default folder would be

~/Music/iTunes/iTunes Media/Downloads

You can change the location of your iTunes Media folder in iTunes > Preferences > Advanced. But this would mean that you also relocate your Music, Podcasts, Movies and Mobile Apps to the external drive.


You can move the Downloads folder in your ~/Music/iTunes/iTunes Media/Downloads directory to your external drive, and then create a symlink (symbolic link) to the new Downloads location, and place that symlink in the ~/Music/iTunes/iTunes Media/Downloads directory.

Here it is in step form:

  1. Quit iTunes.
  2. Go to ~/Music/iTunes/iTunes Media, and move Downloads to your external drive. Ensure you move the folder, and you don't just make a copy.
  3. Open Terminal (located in /Applications/Utilities/Terminal.app)
  4. Enter ln -s "/Volumes/NAME_OF_YOUR_EXTERNAL_DRIVE/Downloads" ~/Music/iTunes/iTunes\ Media/Downloads

Substitute the NAME_OF_YOUR_EXTERNAL_DRIVE part with the name of your external drive that you placed Downloads on. Downloads needs to be in the root directory for that command to complete successfully.

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