How to Reclaim/Make Space on Mac


You can use CleanMyMac. It also helps you to uninstall Applications along with removing their residual files:

  • Run a system scan and free up space
  • Uninstall Applications using CleanMyMac
  • Some Applications/Softwares might not be detected completely using CleanMyMac. Example: R


The key to manually freeing up space, is to figure out where is a sizable portion of your hard disk space getting used up. There are some HDD space visualization softwares which will help you do just that.

Suggestions for HDD Space visualization softwares:


  • Homebrew
    • Clean Up Brew. Check size of cleanup using brew cleanup -n and brew cleanup to perform it.
    • Check the size of Cellar (where homebrew installs) by using du -sh /usr/local/Cellar
  • Check iMovies files in ~/Movies/iMovie Library. I happened to find 7 GBs just lying there from old resources which I no longer needed :)
Written on January 10, 2019