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OmniDiskSweeper Reviews

27 February 2020

Find and delete large, unwanted files.

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Derekcurrie
18 October 2018
Version: 1.10

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OmniDiskSweeper is now at version 1.11. It now supports macOS 10.14 Mojave. It requires at least macOS 10.13 High Sierra. Older versions are available at the OmniGroup site. "Version 1.11 — Sunday, September 23, 2018 • Dark Mode — Added support for Mojave’s Dark Mode. • File Access Alerts — On Mojave, any app which attempts to access a folder which contains your calendars, contacts, photo library, or reminders will trigger an alert. When OmniDiskSweeper scans the files in your home folder, it triggers these alerts: so we’ve added a description that explains that OmniDiskSweeper doesn’t actually open any of the files it scans, it just lists those files for you to review. If you wish, you can avoid these prompts by granting OmniDiskSweeper full disk access under System Preferences > Security & Privacy > Privacy. (Or you can proceed without granting OmniDiskSweeper permission to scan those folders, in which case OmniDiskSweeper won’t be able to tell you how large they are.)" Provided kindly for free, this is a reasonable, colorful, useful way to dig around on your drives to find what's taking up all your drive space and how much of it, starting with the invisible files and folders we normally don't see. Also note that the free OmniWeb browser is still around and kept up-to-date. I've been using their test versions for years and still prefer it for some purposes on the net. [Sad note: OmniDictionary, abandoned by OmniGroup years ago, has finally flown off to code heaven as of macOS 10.14. Mojave. It's an eternal bomber. I'll miss the good old thing.]
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dan-181
21 June 2019
Version: 1.11
I tied three other products before this one. The others were ok, but I find OmniDiskSweep the most helpful. It's all in the simplicity. My system has
one 256G SSD
one 512G SSD
one 4T HD
two 8T HD

In addition to macOS, I have two critical virtual servers running as guest OSs (Debian) under VMWARE Fusion. The primary files I use are distributed among the five drives, and they all are backed up to other drives. Every drive has some primary files, all the HDs have backups of files that are primary on other drives. It is not the most complicated thing in the world, but it is not the simplest either. OmniDiskSweep always is running on one of the macOS desktops. It really helps me see where disks are getting crowded and to keep my files organized.

There is one problem I am having, I don't know if it affects anyone else. OmniDiskSweep is not automatically updating as files move around. I have to close the window for a drive and start new sweeps. It used to update automatically, but that stopped happening somewhere along the way.

I do not use OmniDiskSweep for deleting anything. I tried once and there was no problem, but dango, it sure worked fast and there is no getting files back when deleted that way (except from backup).
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Derekcurrie
18 October 2018
Version: 1.10
OmniDiskSweeper is now at version 1.11. It now supports macOS 10.14 Mojave. It requires at least macOS 10.13 High Sierra. Older versions are available at the OmniGroup site. "Version 1.11 — Sunday, September 23, 2018 • Dark Mode — Added support for Mojave’s Dark Mode. • File Access Alerts — On Mojave, any app which attempts to access a folder which contains your calendars, contacts, photo library, or reminders will trigger an alert. When OmniDiskSweeper scans the files in your home folder, it triggers these alerts: so we’ve added a description that explains that OmniDiskSweeper doesn’t actually open any of the files it scans, it just lists those files for you to review. If you wish, you can avoid these prompts by granting OmniDiskSweeper full disk access under System Preferences > Security & Privacy > Privacy. (Or you can proceed without granting OmniDiskSweeper permission to scan those folders, in which case OmniDiskSweeper won’t be able to tell you how large they are.)" Provided kindly for free, this is a reasonable, colorful, useful way to dig around on your drives to find what's taking up all your drive space and how much of it, starting with the invisible files and folders we normally don't see. Also note that the free OmniWeb browser is still around and kept up-to-date. I've been using their test versions for years and still prefer it for some purposes on the net. [Sad note: OmniDictionary, abandoned by OmniGroup years ago, has finally flown off to code heaven as of macOS 10.14. Mojave. It's an eternal bomber. I'll miss the good old thing.]
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Mikael-B
21 October 2016
Version: 1.9
One main issue with OmniDiskSweeper is that it won't allow for deleting any files owned by root. That can be useful for protecting the user, but there should be a run as admin mode for when you need to clean up de-installaitons that left files behind. At least it'd be nice if the interface acknowledged the permissions didn't allow for deletion. There's not even an error sound. I know, free software and usually works great, but just some indication, please.
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marleybobby
22 April 2016
Version: 1.9
Sooner or later you may realize that your drive is getting full (in case you are the happy SSD owner like me) . Omni Disk Sweeper is good and easy-to-use product with numerous options to free up space on your hard drive. Not bad.

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5
45zer0
01 March 2014
Version: 1.9
I use this app since its very debut and can't lived without it. I'm a graphic designer and my HDD is full of very large modified images and countless variations of the projects, so about twice a year, I do a major cleaning of my Mac to saves lot of space. What I like is that with a simple scan, its fast and easy to know where some cleanup is needed. Version 1.9 is noticeably faster than 1.8, which was already fast for scaning my 1 TB HDD. I mostly trash files via the Finder though, because I examine every one of them to be sure they are all unneeded. When its done, I rescan the disk to see how much space I just save.
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Macupdate149
18 January 2014
Version: 1.9
WARNING VERY BAD BUG!!!. It sometimes destroys the parent folder of the selected item NOT just the selected item. NOT good!. I attempted to delete selected .svn folder and rather than doing that it destroyed the parent folder and ALL contents. Bad design: It needs to display the name of the selected item it is going to destroy! -Jean I would far prefer an option to just move the selected items to the trash rather than for it to do non undoable damage.
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Libertyforall1776
18 January 2014
Version: 1.9
Extremely useful app to find space savings, loved OMNI apps since NEXTSTEP days! ;)
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5
HansMueller4641
23 June 2013
Version: 1.8
works great to clean up your mac
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5
Thyne
23 January 2013
Version: 1.8
Works like a charm. I had been looking for a great app for weeks! User friendly, easy to use and perfect for beginners!
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5
Regular-Warren
08 October 2012
Version: 1.8
I just started using OmniDiskSweeper, and I think this interface is perfect for drive clean-up. Nice app.
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4.5
Elaineeer
26 July 2012
Version: 1.8
Good work! If it could set different colors to separate the system files and users files or caches would be more perfect!
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Libertyforall1776
20 April 2012
Version: 1.7.2
App is awesome and price is right -- use it regularly to find space savings easily and quickly. Omnigroup is great -- I have used their apps since the NEXTSTEP days!
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apetts
05 July 2011
Version: 1.7.2
Been using this app for a long time and loved it. However ever since my company forced me to use file vault on my macbook pro, it stopped working. Will it ever be updated again?
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4.5
Almostwise
08 December 2010
Version: 1.7.2
I love this ap! Quickly helps me find what is hogging my disk space, and for free, it can't be beat! Just be careful when you hit the "destroy" button in the ap, make sure you want it gone...
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Bigboysdad
18 September 2010
Version: 1.7.2
I've got the more powerful application Baseline, but still use this for a quick clean up of those unecessary files which take up the hard drive space, ie, those Lightroom cache files. You're going to be struggling for space in this digital age if you have a 160G hard drive and will need this app to keep it trim.
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Spikeymikey
27 April 2010
Version: 1.7.2
Just found this app today - and have trashed 10 gig of rubbish. Great app to quickly finding stuff that you don't need anymore or can happily move off to an external drive. Much prefer the simple text view rather than a fancy graphic representation. Easy to understand and, quite quick on my 2006 core duo MacBook Pro - worth having for those moments of fast de-cluttering.
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Harv
26 April 2010
Version: 1.7.2
From Omni's web site, this release (only): "Updated the French help localization". I suppose most won't need this, but I installed it anyway because ya just never know what other nits/fixes are included. FWIW, I noticed no changes. It just works as it always had. Merci beaucoup.
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Penguirl
26 April 2010
Version: 1.7.2
OmniDiskSweeper is still the most functional disk sizer for my needs. The text display is far more useful to me than the admittedly prettier graphical displays and the built in delete function is a must have. The only thing I can think of that would make it more useful for me would be a list of drives and top level folders on the left similar to the Finder display.
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Don-Morris
12 August 2009
Version: 1.7
If you simply need to know what's taking up space on your disk, and you don't need a fancy chart to display it, OmniDiskSweeper is the app to use. It's free, Leopard and Intel compatible, and reasonably quick.
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Thus-spake-z
23 May 2009
Version: 1.7
Works just fine on my late '08 Macbook Pro core 2 duo. OmniDisksweeper does the job quite well and is now free. Go for it; it's a no brainer. I bought it several years ago and have used it many times without issues.
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Akrobat
20 November 2008
Version: 1.6.1b2
Used to be a good app. But now virtually unusable as it constantly crashes on my Intel Macbook. Ok on my PPC.
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Gordon142
26 September 2008
Version: 1.6.1b1
Well, WhatSize has a nicer interface, but DiskSweeper lets you use basically all its functions without registering, which means its still my tool of choice. Honestly, $7 is about the upper limit for an application of this type, I think, but everyone wants more…
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Syharris
21 November 2007
Version: 1.6
OmniDiskSweeper works just fine, but I'd say WhatSize is really just as good....and it's free. Don't know if WhatSize works with Leopard(yet).....I'm still using Tiger. But give both a spin, and then decide if ODS is worth purchasing.
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3.5
truthhurts
30 March 2006
Version: 1.5
I love the company, but they seriously need to offer more if they expect people to pay for this, given that their competition does the same thing for free. What does it do that WhatSize doesn't? I certainly don't see anything at first or second glance.
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Anonymous
26 October 2005
Version: 1.5 beta 1
Another vote for WhatSize, absolutely free. You can find it at www.id-design.com. Alternatively, Tiger users can create a simple Smart Folder with a few rules to immediately identify the big files ... :-)
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Anonymous
12 May 2005
Version: 1.4
awsome little, app, yes you can use the command line du utility, etc, but this little app is much more fun to use, finding those big files on your drive, is a pleasure! try it out, this software company is great!@
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Anonymous
09 March 2005
Version: 1.4
Personally I use WhatSize. I prefer the interface and the price (free!).
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3.25
Anonymous
16 November 2004
Version: 1.4
Not worth the money. What this tool does, you can easily do with even just the Finder. Most of the time, you aren't going to be deleting large quantities of files that the Finder cannot see anyway. I could see this as marginally useful if your computer was a major mess and you had no organisation, but then you've got other problems than disk space. This would be handy if it was free. As it stands, it is not worth $15.
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Anonymous
09 August 2004
Version: 1.4
Sure it makes sense. Can you tell the finders column view to sort by size? No you can't, it only sorts by name. Since the column view is the fastest way to dig down & find out where your hard drive space is being taken up, this app serves a purpose. I agree that theres no reason to spend $ on it, but it helped me clear HD space on a powerbook several times in the past.
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Anonymous
30 November 2003
Version: 1.4
1. You don't need TinkerTool to 'hack' the system to show you 'hidden' files. All you have to do is go into the Finder's plist, and Panther lets you set this option on install. 2. But what have we with this disk sweeper? Basically we have a generic file browser watered down and severely limited to only want to sort by size, when any sorting by any other file attribute would often be as or more appropriate. Check out http://rixstep.com/4/0/xfile, http://rixstep.com/4/0/xscan, and http://cocoatech.com for ways this should be done. $15 is not gouging, but the app should be able to do more - after all, just to limit the functionality has cost them more code, not less. It makes no sense from a development POV, and it makes no sense from an end-user POV either.
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4.75
Anonymous
05 September 2003
Version: 1.4
I got my copy with a bundle offer they had on a long time ago, where you could get the whole deal (OmniGraffle, OmniWeb, OmniOutliner, OmniDiskSweeper) for little money. It is a very helpful app. Maybe I wouldn't have spend 15$ on it alone but as an additional goodie in the bundle offer it sure is a great utility.
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Anonymous
03 September 2003
Version: 1.4
Great app but too expensive for what it does.
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3.75
Anonymous
21 August 2003
Version: 1.4b2
The Finder does not do the same thing as it doesn't show you invisible files like OmniDiskSweeper does (unless you are running in root, or have used TinkerTool to hack the system). $15 is way too much money for the app, I agree, but absolutely no one forces you to spend any money on it at all. This doesn't detract from the fact that it is very useful for determining which directories are eating up space on your hard drive...
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Wraithe
21 August 2003
Version: 1.4b2
Tom wrote: "The Finder does the same basic thing, assuming you're running OS X." Yes, and Disk First Aid does the same basic thing as DiskWarrior. Anyone out there believes this, save the money on DiskWarrior too. This is a very nice Application it lets you see where all the space is being taken up on your machine's drives. Very useful when you're trying to clean up and want to find out where your files are that are taking up a lot of space. $15? Maybe a bit much, and I wouldn't say "no" to a bit more cool Graphics (a'la DiskSurveyor, which is Mac OS 9 only), but it's been very useful in keeping my 400+GB of data organized and orderly. "Finder does the same basic thing" What are you on?
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2.5
Tom E M
21 August 2003
Version: 1.4b2
The Finder does the same basic thing, assuming you're running OS X. Open a list view window on your hard drive, enable calculation of folder sizes and sort by size with descending order. Expand the hierarchy as desired. Now hit Cmd-Delete if you see anything big that really should be deleted. Put your $15 back in your wallet...
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Anonymous
21 August 2003
Version: 1.4b2
The biggest mistake I ever made was paying $15 for a stupid ass progam like this, sure its nice that it can delete useless junk but who the hell would want 2 spend $15 on it. I thought it would have more to it, from my advice I would say deal with the useless files and wait till something free like this comes out later on.
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Anonymous
21 May 2003
Version: 1.3.1
This program is *awesome* for cleaning up your hard drive. Works very well - make sure you register it so you can delete files directly from Disk Sweeper.
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Anonymous
19 May 2003
Version: 1.3.1
This app is seductively useful. Sure, it doesn't really do anything that you couldn't do with a bit of typing in Terminal... but who wants to do that when OmniDiskSweeper is so simple and inexpensive? I've never seen an app on any platform that makes cleaning out a hard disk easier.
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