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Monolingual is a program for removing unnecesary language resources from OS X, in order to reclaim several hundred megabytes of disk space. It requires a 64-bit capable Intel-based Mac and at least OS X 10.7 (Lion) and also works on OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion).

I don't know about you, but I use my computer in only one (human) language--English. And I'm willing to bet that you do too, albeit perhaps not English. So why do you have a bunch of localization files for the OS X operating system filling up your hard drive? Enter Monolingual -- a handy utility for reclaiming your space for more useful things...like international more...

What's New

Version 1.5.10:
  • Fixed a code-signing issue

Requirements

  • OS X 10.7 or later

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Wow--great; works flawlessly on Mavericks. Ingmar--thanks for all your effort!

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Version 1.5.8
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Kzx72 Member IconReview+121
Kzx72
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I use this program whenever updating to to a new operating system or buying a new laptop. So about once every few months. My preference would be not have to use programs such as Monolingual and Xslimmer (and don't think they make a huge difference in speeding up the computer) but they only take about a minute to run and can often save several GB's worth of data.

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Version 1.5.10
Kzx72
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I take it all back. I'm only saving a couple GB's worth of data with these applications and really, who cares. Hopefully a day will come when programs used for defragmenting, "language cleaners" will become a thing of the past. File them under uselessware.

Kzx72
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I switched to Mac 10 years ago so I wouldn't have to worry about viruses, spyware, fragmentation, which accompanied my PC experience for years. And while you hear stories every once in a while about viruses infecting the OS X system and catching up to amount of those embedded in the PC market, I can safely say I've never had one on my macbook. While using a PC, they were a regular occurrence. Built-in features, the "less is more" philosophy, is a big part of the reason I switched over to Apple (Not just for the pretty colors). It's my hope we're reaching the point, in terms of hardware and operating system stability, where removing a few GBs of data doesn't matter anymore. Years ago I used to pinch for for every last, precious megabyte. Now the average size of a HD is like what, a TB and everyone has more room on their computer than they know what to do with. If I strip away a few MB's of languages, I don't notice any difference in speed or performance.

Zo219 Member IconComment+506
Zo219
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After using this for years, I feel safer now using a similar app that does not clean the whole machine but stays out of the system and other places it’s clear the OS doesn’t want you to go. Even though I do, would still not advise these “delete everywhere”apps.

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Version 1.5.10
Mcclough Member IconComment+5
Mcclough
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Doesn't this break the codesigning of an app?
Because anything you change/remove does break the Gatekeeper codesign and the app will not launch anymore.

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Version 1.5.10
Soneé
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I don't think it should but, I could be wrong :)

Brooklyn_Al Member IconReview+177
Brooklyn_Al
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Very valuable program; though, developer, is there any way you could eliminate the need for the password entry? Eliminating that step would be welcomed.

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Version 1.5.10
Pypo
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If you move Monolingual in other file (Utilities), after that you don't need to put password entry.

Brooklyn_Al
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Pypo.....Wow very cool. Thanks for the helpful,and easy workaround. Does it work for other programs as well....like CC cloner, onyx? What is the principal is that all programs in the utility folder are assumed to be "Apple" programs and a password is not needed?

Pypo
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Works only for Monolingual and only if you install it at first to Softwares file and after move to others files (I created a Personal Utilities file).
If you install Monolingual directly in other file, you have a bug and have to put twice time password entry.

Kirkjohn Member IconReview+4
Kirkjohn
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Great program ..Amazing how much data is used for languages..and when using a SSD Drive I am glad to have the extra space...Thank you

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Version 1.5.10
Lucytune Member IconReview+4
Lucytune
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Beware!!!
About a year ago, I made the mistake of choosing all languages to be removed, which turned my MacBook Pro into a temporary doorstop.
Make sure you leave your preferred language intact:-(
Fortunately I had backed up just before using it, so could revert:-)

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Version 1.5.10
Low Flyer
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Was making a mistake reason for downrating?

Curmudgeon51 Member IconReview+2
Curmudgeon51
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Using OSX 10.9.2 the OS tells me the app is damaged and can't be opened. I DL from developer sire and same result.

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Version 1.5.9
Whytoi
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Same.

B. Jefferson Le Blanc
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I've had that problem before. It seems to have to do with the default archive expander app in OS X. On my OS X 10.7.5 system it's DiskImageMounter or Archive Utility, both in the System Library>CoreServices folder. When this happens I use the old reliable Stuffit Expander, which is still free. There are other free apps that will do the same, such as The Unarchiver. Look them up on MacUpdate. Once mounted by Stuffit Expander you don't get the broken app message.

The actual source of the problem may be OS X's improved security features. This article, http://www.tech-recipes.com/rx/45404/mac-downloaded-app-is-damaged-and-cant-be-opened-error-solved/, explains the problem and the solution. For me, though, it's easier to open the troubled file with Stuffit Expander than to reset and then reset again my security settings. YMMV.

Now-Playing
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Version 1.5.10 is available on the Developer's website. Downloaded without a problem.

B. Jefferson Le Blanc
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Now-Playing: I see only version 1.5.9 on the web site. And the problem isn't with the download, but with expanding the dmg archive file. For which I offered a solution - or rather, several solutions.

Now-Playing
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B. Jefferson Le Blanc,

At the top of the Developer's website, there is a tab labeled DOWNLOADS. It'll take you to a "source forge" website which lists all of the Monolingual versions.

Mike-Ryan
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App won't run here at all on any one of my three machines. 10.9.2

I wonder why they don't check this stuff before releasing it?

Kenm22 Member IconReview+37
Kenm22
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Great piece of software except for just released 1.5.9 which won't load the helper. When attempting to load the helper it loops back to the main window. Removing all related files and trying again doesn't solve the problem. Reverted back to 1.5.8 which works great.

Other than that, it's great.

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Version 1.5.9
Vitaly
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same here. besides that even 1.5.8 sometimes (actually often, say 50% time) hangs

Pypo
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Exactly the same problem as you with 1.5.9 and reverted back to 1.5.8 !!!

Jimge Member IconReview+24
Jimge
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This has been a boon. Some users carry on about simply buying larger hard drives. I bought my 2011 MBP with a 500GB drive, because it performed better that the 750GB for video. I use lots of apps, and have lots of raw images I want to have on my internal drive (and not have to carry an external). I try to keep 20% of my drive free to make the most of virtual memory and improve drive performance. As a result, I am always pushing the limit and constantly having to find stuff to remove. The remaining GBs above the 100GB I keep free become precious as does remaining air for a person trapped in a large but confined space filling up with water. Being able to remove over a GB of languages in a click means a lot to me. Frankly, I believe that apps should give an install option of a single language, or multiples.

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Version 1.5.8
Gregm Member IconComment+213
Gregm
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I find it entertaining to notice that Monolingual does *NOT* remove those extra language packages from itself -- :-P

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Date 18 Apr 2014
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