Location of the Live Library

  • Live Versions: 9
  • Operating System: All

The Core Library, installed Live Packs and the User Library are stored in distinct locations. 

Note: Some of these folders may be hidden by default. Here's how to access hidden folders on Windows and Mac.

Core Library

The Core Library contains Live's factory content and can't be changed by the user. It is installed in the following locations:

Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10

C:\ProgramData\Ableton\Live 9\Resources\Core Library

Windows XP

\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Ableton\Live 9 Suite\Resources\Core Library

Mac OS X

Macintosh HD/Users/[YourUsername]/Library/Application Support/Ableton/Live 9 Core Library

Live Packs

Any live packs that you download from the Ableton website or from third party vendors will get installed by default to the following locations:

Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10

\Users\[user]\Documents\Factory Packs

Windows XP

Documents and Settings\[user]\My Documents\Ableton\Factory Packs

Mac OS X

Macintosh HD/Users/[YourUsername]/Music/Ableton/Factory Packs

You can also define a custom location for Packs in the Library tab of Live's Preferences.

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User Library

The User Library contains all user presets and defaults. Its default location is:

Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10

\Users\[username]\Documents\Ableton\User Library

Windows XP

\Documents and Settings\[username]\My Documents\Ableton\User Library

Mac OS X

Macintosh HD/Users/[username]/Music/Ableton/User Library

You can also specify a custom location for the User library in your settings.

In this dedicated article on the User Library, you'll find more information on its location and custom path setting.