How to Find and Delete Large Files on Mac

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Clare Weaver

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Large files hidden deep in your hard drive take up a huge amount of Mac space. If you are running low on storage space, deleting them will free up a lot of space for you. From this blog post, you will learn how to find and delete large files on Mac in 4 ways. Let's have a look now.

How to Find and Delete Large Files on Mac

Find Large Files Using Finder

When it comes to finding large files, the first method that comes to your mind must be the Finder. Finder is powerful. You can use it to locate files of a specified size, files with the same extension or name, and so on. But in the results list, the Finder will only show you single files, not large folders containing multiple small files. Therefore, it may be difficult for you to determine whether a file is important to you or not. If you still insist on using Finder to search and delete large files, follow the steps below.

  1. Open the Finder from the Dock.
  2. Click the magnifier icon in the upper right corner.
  3. Type anything into the box, and you will see a "+" button below the search box. Find Large Files with Finder
  4. Click the "+" button and select File Size in the first menu and Greater Than in the second menu. Search Large Files with Finder
  1. Enter the range of file sizes you want. For example, 50MB.
  2. Preview the files in the result list and delete the files you no longer need.
  3. Empty the Trash.

Find Large Files Using Storage Manager

If you find the above method too tedious and are unsure which files to delete or keep, you can turn to Mac's Storage Manager, which can help you find large files quickly.

  1. Click the Apple Menu > About This Mac > Storage > Manage to open the storage management window. Find Large Files with Storage Manager
  2. Click on the Documents option, and you can see files categorized as Large Files, Downloads, Unsupported Apps, etc. Delete Large Files with Storage Manager
  3. In the Large files list, sort by file size and delete the files you no longer need.
  4. Empty your Trash.

Find Large Files Using Terminal

Another way to find large files on your Mac is to use Terminal. This method can be a bit complicated and requires you to have some knowledge of Mac.

  1. Open Terminal via Spotlight or Finder.
  2. In the Terminal, execute the find command. For example, run find . -size +50MB. This command will locate files in your current directory that are larger than 50MB. Find Large Files with Terminal
  3. You can also use the find command to limit your search. For example, enter and run find . -size +50MB -size -100MB . This command will find files under your current directory that are between 50MB and 100MB in size.
  4. To delete the large files you find, use the rm command. In our case, we use rm ./Downloads/SpotifyFullSetup.exe. Delete Large Files with Terminal

Locate and Delete Large Files Using BuhoCleaner

Want to speed up the finding and deleting process? You can use a third-party large file finder to do it for you. BuhoCleaner is one such tool that allows you to find and delete large files on your Mac in seconds. By default, BuhoCleaner will detect files that are larger than 50MB. But if you want to locate files larger or smaller than 50MB, click the BuhoCleaner Menu > Preferences > Large Files and change the default 50MB to some other number you like.

How to use BuhoCleaner to find and delete large files:

  1. Download and install BuhoCleaner on your Mac.
  2. Launch the app and click on the Large Files option on the left sidebar. Find and Delete Large Files on Mac
  3. Click on the Scan button, and it will search all the folders on your Mac for files over 50MB.
  4. In the result list, sort the detected files by type, size, or last opened time. Find and Delete Large Files with BuhoCleaner
  5. Check the boxes next to the files you want to get rid of and click the Remove button.

That's it. So easy!

Conclusion

Now you have 4 ways to find and delete large files on Mac. The first 3 manual methods are time-consuming, while the last method is quick and easy. Just choose the way you like best.

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