Is there any way I can access the files that are used for the alert sounds found in system preferences? For example, in OS X 10.6.6, there are different sounds for Funk, Glass, Hero, etc. Where are these files located?

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Any files located in the following locations will available to choose as alert sounds:

/Users/< username >/Library/Sounds/

(Note: By default the latter 2 folders may not exist, but if created and populated with files, you'll be able to choose them in the Sounds preference pane).


They are stored as .aiff files in /System/Library/Sounds/.

  • 1
    can we play from there?
    – fasttrack
    Mar 28, 2011 at 6:48
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    Click a file, press the space bar. Quicklook does the rest :). Mar 28, 2011 at 6:56
  • In Catalina this is the only location I can find any.
    – MrG
    Apr 9, 2020 at 10:08

Here is the path to the volume.aiff if you want to change that too


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