I have GarageBand taking 2.46 GB space on my system even after I deleted the app. Couldn't find any other files when searched via spotlight.

Manage Storage

Is there any way to find these files and remove them?


On a fresh install of Sierra 10.12.2, the GarageBand files are:


/Library/Application Support/GarageBand

/Library/Audio/Apple Loops/Apple/Apple Loops for GarageBand





~/Library/Application Scripts/com.apple.STMExtension.GarageBand


Delete those and you should be GarageBand free.


  • You might want consider also removing /Library/Audio/Apple Loops/Apple and /Library/Application Support/Logic (those loops aren't GarageBand-specific — Logic Pro uses them, for example).

  • If you're comfortable with the command line, you can delete this list programmatically. I recommend using the tool trash. First copy the above list and save it in a new file. Then run

    xargs trash <pathtothefile

    For example if you save the list on your Desktop as garageband-files-to-delete.txt, you'd run

    xargs trash <~/desktop/garageband-files-to-delete.txt

    (this may require sudo. you could also use rm -rf instead of trash, but that's dangerous).

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    Still GarageBand using 1.45 GB !!! – mythicalcoder Mar 23 '17 at 20:20
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    Also removing this helps a lot!: Macintosh HD/Library/Audio/Apple Loops – seleciii44 Jun 22 '17 at 8:40
  • last one should be ~/Library/Containers not ~/library/containers, and – michaelsnowden Jun 28 '17 at 1:53
  • @jason-harrison your edit touches the ability of other apps to work with GarageBand. can you confirm that reinstalling GarageBand reinstates the iLifeMediaBrowser and StorageManagement files? – henry Aug 14 '17 at 14:07
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    @henry, I cannot but I can add a warning. – Jason Harrison Aug 14 '17 at 17:57

Storage Management.app now allows you to remove the instruments!

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More information on Storage Management is at: https://apple.stackexchange.com/a/286310/1051 (macOS 10.13.5 shown)

  • Which version of the OS?????? – HelloWorld Sep 26 '18 at 16:36

I used CleanApp to remove apps from mac. You can try it or any similar uninstaller, but you need app installed to remove it. Also check this link https://www.tekrevue.com/tip/delete-garageband/


You can use locate command to locate all files used by GarageBand, e.g.:

locate GarageBand

Note: To rebuild db for the first time, run: sudo /usr/libexec/locate.updatedb.

The main locations are:

  • /Applications/GarageBand (app it-self)
  • /Library/Application Support/GarageBand
  • /Library/Audio/Apple Loops/Apple (GarageBand subfolder)

Also check for any user's data files at the following locations:

  • ~/Library/Application Support/GarageBand
  • ~/Library/Preferences/GarageBand
  • ~/Library/Caches/GarageBand

See: Uninstall Mac Applications.


Download and unzip the free AppCleaner app. Set its preferences to allow it to remove protected apps. Drop the GarageBand icon into the app. Let it find all the GarageBand files and folders. Delete. Done.


The app that I have been using to completely delete apps from macOS is called AppDelete. It is a very small app that does one thing and does it well: it finds all of the files associated with an app and asks if you want to delete them. It even does a dry run to show you which files will be deleted, and lets you cherry-pick the files you do or do not want to delete.

A-ppDelete is available @ http://www.reggieashworth.com/appdelete, and gives you a fully functioning app to try before you buy it. OThe developer keeps the app up-to-date and it does run on mac)S 10.12 Sierra.

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    AppCleaner is very nice and free. – lhf Nov 7 '16 at 10:42
  • AppCleaner isn't detecting Garageband files. – Benny Jul 7 '17 at 8:01

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