Where is my Library stored?

  • Live Versions: 9
  • Operating System: ALL

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

Core Library

The Core Library contains Live's factory content and can't be changed by the user. It is tied to the Live installation, so you don't need to worry about this.

The Core Library is stored under:

Windows XP

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

Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8

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

On a Mac, the Core Library is contained inside the Application bundle. Access the Live 9.app, right-click on it and, from the context menu, choose "Show Package contents".

Mac OS X

/Contents/App-Resources/Core Library/

Live Packs

By default, additional Packs get installed to the following location:

Windows XP

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

Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8

\Users\[user]\Documents\Factory Packs\

Mac OS X

/Users/[user]/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 the user presets and defaults. In this dedicated article on the User Library, you'll find information on its location and custom path setting.

Additional Information

Please refer to the following knowledge base article on how to access hidden folders on Windows and Mac OSX.