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Chrome on Mac OS X keeps all old versions it ever installed…

Posted by jpluimers on 2018/01/08

Like many, I’m a digital packrat. Somehow all your storage space somehow becomes full over time. But sometimes that’s not because just you are a digital packrat. Applications can be digital packrats too.

Chrome is such an example as on Mac OS X it will keep every prior version filed under /Applications/Google Chrome.app/Contents/Versions. In my case GrandPerspective showed it as one big blob of close 20 gigabyte. Which is odd as the download itself is was slightly short of 20 gigabyte of Chrome versions.

There are various ways to clean up this by script, but I find the easiest to do this in Finder:

  1. From Grand Perspective, right click the entry, then choose “Reveal in Finder”
  2. In Finder, right click the entry, then choose “Show Package Contents”
  3. In Finder, with the expanded “Contents” folder, browse to the “Versions” folder and expand it.
  4. From Finder, delete unwanted versions.

–jeroen

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