Understanding MacOS Library folders
- Live Versions: All
- Operating System: Mac
On MacOS there are two Library locations:
- The local Library: Macintosh HD/Library
- The user Library: Macintosh HD/Users/[your username]/Library
Note: Not to be confused with Live's User Library.
1. The local Library
Location: Macintosh HD/Library
This library is where computer-wide settings and content for all users on the Mac is stored. VST and AU plug-ins are usually installed to this Library by default (in the Audio → Plug-Ins folder).
Usually Macintosh HD is accessible as a shortcut on the sidebar in Finder. If it's not there, you can add it as follows:
- Open Finder.
- Open the View menu and click Show Sidebar (in case it's not visible already).
- Then open the Finder menu, and click Preferences.
- Click on the Sidebar tab.
- Under Locations, tick Hard Disks.
- Macintosh HD is then visible in Finder's sidebar. Click this to access the local Library folder (Macintosh HD/Library).
2. The user Library
Location: Macintosh HD/Users/[your username]/Library
This library folder is only accessible to the current user account. It's hidden by default. This is where Live (and other applications) stores per-user settings, such as preference files and caches. You can access this hidden user Library using these instructions: How to access hidden folders.