Large files in "Library/Containers/" ?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by iphoneZ, Oct 26, 2013.

  1. iphoneZ macrumors regular

    Jul 15, 2008
    Hi all

    I'm checking my HDD to see how much space I need for my upcoming rMBP purchase. I'm currently running 10.7.5. I found to my surprise that under the directory /User/[user]/Library/Containers/ there are around 80 GB of files being stored!!

    It seems like full size copies of many of the files I have downloaded are being kept there. Including dmg files of Xcode and various other apps that have long since been deleted from my Downloads folder.

    I'm guessing that Preview is generating these copies for use in creating thumbnails and Finder previews. Is this correct? Is there some way I can avoid this behavior? Is it safe to delete the files? Seems incredibly stupid that so much of my disk space is being wasted like this ...
  2. iphoneZ thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 15, 2008
    well i tried deleting some and nothing bad happened so far. would be nice to prevent these copies from being generated - i wonder if this still happens in Mavericks?
  3. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Aug 5, 2001
    That Downloads folder you mention is a shortcut to the regular Downloads folder, so you could just keep that clean - It has nothing to do with Preview.

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