Disable Sketch to fill up your system's hard-drive with hundreds of gigabytes now with this one trick!
Hard-drive companies hate it!
This worked! Mac is now silky smooth. Thanks Tinh N.
Thanks man! Worked for me too! As long as it doesn't cause any performance issues with Sketch, it seems like a great solution. It got me back my missing 200 gb:)
Thanks man! Worked like a charm! Used to use Onyx as my main maintenance tool, im glad it's still great tool!
Thanks for sharing this tip. I was down to 6GB on my MacBook Air after mainly using Sketch. After installing and running OnyX I regained 48GB. What a saviour! Appreciatively, Guy.
This worked amazingly well! Thank you SO MUCH for sharing this, Tin Nguyen!!!
After repeatedly removing files and having my hard drive filled up over and over again, my HD was at less than 1GB and I now have a whopping 349GB available!
Thanks again, Tinh!!!
Worked for me (90GB down). Thanks much!
Thank you, now I know why I'm missing 140GB of storage.
I hope Bohemian gets back to this soon. I've still got 100+ GB of space taken up on my hard drive.
I've been using Sketch for months now and am consistently working on around 8 documents at a time that are all about ~80MB in size.
Ran that terminal command and it's telling me that my revisions folder is 17GB. Really curious how some of you are getting those crazy numbers.
Same. ~7 months' worth of full-time Sketch work, 22GB. If I had to guess, it could be extremely bitmap-heavy files with a million artboards? No idea, and not running into this problem.
damn 114GB... I've been debating if I need a new computer over the past couple months because my machine has been soooo sluggish. Wonder if this is the cause...
I've been tearing my hair out of my head trying to figure out the issue after the "hard drive is full" alert kept on coming up. Have deleted and transferred so many files and the thing wouldn't go away.
Tuns out there's 33GB of data in the folder. Any way to remove all of it without affecting system performance?
389 gb O_O I'm shocked! You've made my day. Thanks
SO HELPFUL! I have been bothered by the startup drive full alert for months and I have tried everything: at first I deleted all my video files and it works for a few weeks. but the alert came back then I deleted everything in download folder, including a few software which happened to live there. Spent some time to get back those software and it lasts for a few weeks and again, drive is full. This time I spent some time looking into drive cleanup software and tried a few, some aren't cheap, and it cleaned up 10+g, but compare to the real cause, of course 10+g won't last that long. Now I have found the real cause, and I just took the risk and hard delete this folder and turn off the version control. Thanks so much, save me so much time
That's where my missing 167GB went.
I ran into no more available space a few times already. I usually just delete the complete revisions folder.
You can only delete all revisions but since I’m mainly using web based tools besides Sketch that isn’t such a big deal.
Here is how to delete the revisions and claim back your disk space: http://osxdaily.com/2012/02/20/clear-versions-history-auto-save-cache-data-in-mac-os-x/
The main problem with this is that it's said to give slow and bad performance with Sketch so while it's a fix to delete the humongous database, it's also a risk to take when you rely on Sketch for the job I think…
Did it a couple of times and can’t see any problems.
Thank you. Daily Sketch user here. Freed up 217GB. Did I win or lose?
Explains everything. 47gb! I use Sketch in daily basis fyi.
I use Sketch quite a bit and am at 14GB.
Bloody hell, thank you for this!
I have 41 used gigabytes in here, and I don't use Sketch that much.
It is also used by other apps, but that shouldn't be that much though!
Exactly. My colleagues (developers) are seeing between 1 and 5Gb on computers that have seen about the same use.
Only 1 gig here, I'm probably not a power user but I also tend to create multiple versions of the file and sometimes delete older versions. Which might help?
Did anyone try copying the contents of the file to a new file or duplicate the file and delete the original? You might lose history but it might reclaim space?
around 5.7gb for me, but i've used sketch almost exclusively for over a year now, and i do the same as you, smaller files, and more of them (1 file per feature/new file per major revision) so it must basically negate this problem, since i have ALOT of files, but they are all pretty small and the revisions folder isn't that big :)
It's funny how we're all simultaneously having this problem because all our MacBook Pro's are filling up at the same time :0
I posted some links in this thread for how to remove the revisions folder that were helpful.
19GB here. Although suddenly I'm terrified of doing freelance work on an older machine with only 20GB free o_o
Run that Terminal command and you should be fine :-)
“Only” 37GB here.
36Gb here. for a 256GB Harddrive is a lot
I just deleted the folder. Yosemite will create a new one on restart.
No performance issues for me, and I have all that space back.
dang. 17GB here.
Mine is 246GB . Did anyone already find a way to clear the folder without affecting performance?
Thank you for writing this article. It explains a lot...
Thank you for sharing this! :O
Wow this explains a lot — I thought I had a faulty SSD. Unfortunately, I get this when I try to run the command to disable ApplePersistence... :\
→ defaults write -app ‘sketch’ ApplePersistence -bool no
2015-06-03 10:08:27.173 defaults[1214:49125] Couldn't find an application named "‘sketch’"; defaults unchanged
Try using no quotes around the word sketch! Let me know if it works!
It didn't return an error, so looks like it may have worked. Cheers!
My folder was 177GB full! I followed Tinh Nguyen suggestion of using OnyX and it has reduced it down to 248k
Dang. Good find.
Excellent resource. Thanks for this!
Just 4.4GB here, still seems a lot because I don't use Sketch that much. Say, once in a week.
Thanks for this!
Ran into this trouble a few months ago and did not find much stuff on that over the web. Now it seems to be a really common problem. I've also emailed the guys at Bohemian and they did reply I was the only one so far ... I have to manually delete the entire folder once a month to free up almost 50gigs every time. Boring. Please, get rid of this.
This command will delete the cache from sketch, open program called terminal and enter this command, it will ask for your password - enter your computer password.
sudo rm -rf /.DocumentRevisions-V100/.cs/ChunkStorage/
Ran the command; it's 28G on my machine. I'm really interested what (if any) the size cap on version control is in Mac OS - anybody have any idea?
There might not even be one, if there is one it's over 200GB!
Thank you very much for taking the time to write this article.
No problem! I'm curious to hear how big the folder is on other designer's computers! So if you had the same issue let us know how bad it was!
I have a very new laptop, and I've only done one or two Sketch projects on it so far. I was shocked to see that my version folder was 102 gb! Granted, one of the projects was a very image heavy site, but I was very surprised to see how large it was.
4.3 gigs but this is after I deleted the .DocumentRevisions-V100 folder, which was 96 gigs a couple of weeks ago. Now I am concerned about performance.
So I'm running into this issue as well, but before I go ahead and clear it I'm wondering will this get rid of my version history within my Sketch files? I use this every now and then to go back to a previous version of the file, would be a shame if this all got erased.