December 23rd, 2020

How to figure out which folders are using up the most disk space (on mac)

STEP 1: Install brew so you can have "gdu" Which is the GNU version of linux "du" on your MAC. As opposed to the BSD version (which has less options) that comes pre-installed.

STEP 2: cd to the parent director where you want to check the sizes and run the following command:
mac-book-pro: $ cd /Users

mac-book-pro:Users $ sudo gdu --max-depth=1 . 2>/dev/null | sort -rn
309957188	.
198188532	./sammy
90078488	./Shared
21678284	./bobby
6956	./special1
4920	./special2

And then you can just keep repeating the process to figure out where all your diskspace is being spent.