Large files can never be a delight, it just eats up so many the space on your mac and ultimately slow down the mac. For my own part, every time I tried to import or load files from my mac drive, it had me waited for long time to prepare the importing and I knew those large files caused such problems.

To find large files on mac, you can do it manually or turn to dedicated tools to solve automatically. Here we list 6 ways, including 4 free options and 2 great tools.

Automatically Find and Delete Large Files on Mac (2 Ways)

1.  MacPaw CleanMyMac X

MacPaw CleanMyMac X is a rich-feature kit packing various utilities to clean up and enhance the performance of your mac, including macOS cleaner, performance monitor, malware remover, app updater, file shredder, etc. You can not only get rid of tons of junks from your system, but also remove useless files from mac apps, like iTunes, Photos, Mail, etc.

As for its feature to find large files, it allows users to find large and old files, no matter it is from your common folders, or hidden deep in the corner of your mac.

Top Features

  • Clean up macOS system, include system junk, mail attachment, trashed files
  • Remove caches, broken downloads, logs, localizations…
  • Protect your mac: remove malware, protect your privacy
  • Monitor and enhance Mac performance: optimization and maintenance
  • Uninstall, update apps
  • Find large and old files

Steps to automatically find and delete large files on Mac

  1. Grab a free copy of CleanMyMac X, install and open the app on your Mac.
  2. Go to Files>Large & Old Files, start the scanning.find large file macpaw
  3. Sort the files by size and find all large files on your Mac.
  4. Select the large files and click Remove to have CleanMyMac to remove the large files for you.

2.   Nektony Disk Expert

Noktony Disk Expert is a light-weight utility to display disk spare usage, find and delete large files on mac internal or external storage device.

Top Features

  • View disk space on mac hard drive
  • Find large files and folders easily
  • Discover rarely used files
  • Scan Dropbox
  • Move unwanted large files to Trash

Steps to automatically find and delete large files on Mac

  1. Grab Disk Expert on your Mac.
  2. Choose your hard disk or external storage device to scan, you can click the Play button beside to disk or click on the sunburst diagram to start scanning; Also you can drop files to Drop Files for scanning or click the + on the left bottom to add specific folders for scanning.disk expert 01
  3. Once the scanning finishes, you will find a list of Biggest Files displayed on the right column. Right click on the file to Reveal in Finder or directly Move to Trash.disk expert 02

Manually Find Large Files on Mac (4 Ways)

3. Fast Way to Find Large Files or Applications

Generally, large files are either media files or applications. If you have a basic understating of which files are taking the space on your mac, you can directly go to All My Files and Applications to find out the large files.

To Find Large Files on Mac

  1. Open Finder.
  2. Click on All My Files.
  3. Go to Change the item arrangement icon, choose Size.find large files mac01
  4. Then all the files will be arranged in size from large to small, check the file. Right click on the file and move to trash if you want to deleted the selected large files on mac.

Also, you can click on the Perform tasks with selected items > Arrange By> Size, to find the large files on mac.

To Find Large Applications on Mac

  1. Open Finder.
  2. Click on Applications.
  3. Go to Change the item arrangement icon, choose Size.
  4. Then find the applications with large size and decide if you want to uninstall.find large files mac03

4. Find Large Files on Mac Disk

Beside large files stored in All My Files and Applications categories, there are hidden large files on your mac, in this case, you need to choose your mac disk to scan and find the large files.

  1. Open Finder.
  2. In the Devices column, choose the Mac disk where you want to find large files.
  3. Press Command+F to activate the Search function.
  4. Then Choose File Size> is greate than>1 GB (or set as needed).
  5. Then all the files large than 1GB will be displayed, choose the large file and right click to move to trash if you want to delete.find large files mac disk

5. Find Large Files by Checking Mac Storage

The 3rd method to find out large files on your mac is to check the storage details on your device, since Mac will offer recommendations for you to manage and delete large and unnecessary files.

  1. Click on the Apple icon on the top left, then go to About This Mac.
  2. Then go to Storage>Manage.
  3. In the Recommendations, go to Review Files under Reduce files
  4. Go to Documents, you can check all the storage information for Large Files, Downloads and File Browser, they are displayed in the sequence from large size to small size.
  5. Choose the large files and right click to Delete if information

6. Find Large Files on Mac with Command Line (Terminal)

Also you can input command lines in Terminal to find large files on mac manually.

  1. Go to Finder>Applications>Terminal, run it.
  2. Input command line: sudo find / -type f -size +200000k -exec ls -lh {} \; | awk ‘{ print $9 “: ” $5 }’, Then click Enter. It will find out files that is or larger than 200MB, you can adjust the parameter as needed.
  3. Input the password of your mac and click Enter.
  4. All the paths of files are or larger than 200MB will be listed, go to the folder and find large files. It will take some time, wait patiently for the program to list all information.command line