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?


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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 !!! Mar 23, 2017 at 20:20
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    Also removing this helps a lot!: Macintosh HD/Library/Audio/Apple Loops
    – seleciii44
    Jun 22, 2017 at 8:40
  • last one should be ~/Library/Containers not ~/library/containers, and Jun 28, 2017 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, 2017 at 14:07
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    @henry, I cannot but I can add a warning. Aug 14, 2017 at 17:57

The "Storage Management.app" now allows you to remove the instruments.

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More information on Storage Management is in "A modern and faster alternative to Disk Inventory X" (macOS 10.13.5 shown)

  • Which version of the OS??????
    – SmallChess
    Sep 26, 2018 at 16:36

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.


I used CleanApp to remove applications from macOS. You can try it or any similar uninstaller, but you need the application installed to remove it.

Also check "Delete GarageBand to Save Precious Gigabytes of Mac Storage".


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.


I have been using "AppDelete" to completely delete other applications from macOS. It is very small and does one thing and does it well: it finds all of the files associated with an application and asks if you want to delete them. It even does a dry run to show which files will be deleted, to let us pick the files.

AppDelete is fully-functional to try before you buy it. The developer keeps it up-to-date and it runs on macOS 10.12 Sierra.

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    AppCleaner is very nice and free.
    – lhf
    Nov 7, 2016 at 10:42
  • AppCleaner isn't detecting Garageband files.
    – Benny
    Jul 7, 2017 at 8:01

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