I've tracked Installer.app to be located at /System/Library/CoreServices/ but I can't find the sound that plays after a successful installation.

I've looked at the following paths:

  • /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/Install.framework
  • /System/Library/CoreServices/Installer.app
  • /System/Library/Sounds

Where is that sound file located?

2 Answers 2


The file you are looking for (on El Capitan) is located in: /System/Library/Components/CoreAudio.component/Contents/SharedSupport/SystemSounds/system/

Specifically, the file is burn complete.aif (or burn failed.aif, they're identical).

Older versions of OS X (unknown when it changed) have it at (source): /System/Library/Components/CoreAudio.component/Contents/Resources/SystemSounds/system/

  • Thanks! I would like to know how you tracked this down so I can add it to my mental tools.
    – radj
    Jul 13, 2016 at 3:53
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    @radj Looked near the old path which was mentioned in that link (I just updated). Without that information, a common technique for finding files is typing a file type into Finder (if indexed), or running find [DIR] -type f -name '*.[FILE_EXT]' in Terminal, using your desired directory and file extension. Jul 13, 2016 at 3:57

The install success sound is usually just your default system notification sound (i.e., Glass or whatever you have set).

If you want to set a custom sound, make sure it's in AIFF format, place it in one of these locations and choose the sound from System Preferences > Sound > Sound Effects

/Users/< username >/Library/Sounds/
  • Can also be *.m4r (MP4 Ringtone Format) Jul 10, 2016 at 12:19
  • I checked the system sounds but it's not any of them. The system sounds are also listed in my initial question in the path /System/Library/Sounds
    – radj
    Jul 11, 2016 at 5:53

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