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Monolingual
Monolingual
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Monolingual free download for Mac

Monolingual

Remove unwanted OS X language resources.

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Monolingual overview

Monolingual is a program for removing unnecesary language resources from OS X, in order to reclaim several hundred megabytes of disk space. If you use your computer in only one (human) language, you may not need to be taking up space on your hard drive with extraneous localization files. Monolingual will locate and eliminate these space-wasting files.

Monolingual was written by J. Schrier and I. Stein, and is released under the GNU General Public License. Source code is available.

What’s new in version 1.8.2

Updated on Feb 12 2019

Version 1.8.2:
  • Fixed size reporting issue
View older Monolingual updates

Information

License

Free

Size

9.8 MB

Downloads

327142

App requirements

  • Intel 64
  • macOS 10.12.0 or later
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Aargl
Aargl
Jan 2 2021
1.8.2
4.0
Jan 2 2021
4.0
Version: 1.8.2
I think I hadn't used Monolingual since the PPC times... :-) I ran v1.7.3 last week on my 10.11 main OS and gained 4 Gb (about 2 for languages and 2 for unused arch, if I recall well — I still have a lot of UB apps). I believe it's ok to remove languages, but be very cautious for architectures: I had no major issue, but it clearly did hit the 32 bits only apps, bundles, extensions, libraries, etc. and made them unusable. In the end, I've restored such apps and all /Library and didn't lose much space so I guess it's better to uncheck Architectures for /Library in the prefs and add sensitive apps too. Strange enough, I had no issue with Adobe apps! My advice to spot damaged elements: open Console and search for 'wrong architecture', then reinstall or restore what's needed. I'm still using old CleanApp 3 to cleanup one app at a time, never found an alternative.
suzannetourtillott
suzannetourtillott
Jul 23 2020
1.8.2
2.0
Jul 23 2020
2.0
Version: 1.8.2
The concept is good—a knowledgeable friend recommended it, and we both work from Macs. When I saw that Monolingual was removing language stuff from Microsoft, I realized I needed to keep French, so I cancelled the operation mid-purge. Running it again resulted in 0 bytes of space saved. Deleting it, emptied trash, restarted the computer then re-downloaded and re-launched a fresh ML only gave the same 0 results. No idea what to do know, or even how to get help.
NedC
NedC
May 29 2020
1.8.2
1.0
May 29 2020
1.0
Version: 1.8.2
Would be nice if it would allow to install the Utility Helper app. I have the same on my laptop and it runs fine. What's the difference to my imac?
Aapple
Aapple
Feb 12 2019
1.8.2
2.0
Feb 12 2019
2.0
Version: 1.8.2
I tried this today. I ran it in the mode to remove unused architectures. I removed all except the Intel arch's keeping both 64bit and 32bit.

After running a few minutes, the finder froze and I had to restert finder. The dock still was not working right so I rebooted and used AppDelete to remove all of it.

I see in the FAQ that some things should not be touched, but there seems to be no way to disable touching Adobe apps, for example. (At least I do not see it in the preferences.) It would be nice to be able to select one app to see what it does without going thru the entire disk, but that seems not to be an option.

I also notice that even on applications where nothing is removed, it changes the date stamps of the files thus making them have to be re-backed up.

Overall it just seems too dangerous to me for the minimal amount of savings. That said, I am not sure how much it got done because I had to kill it due to the finder issues, but it probably did what it claims to do, otherwise it would be one star. Sorry. (10.13.6 is my OS, 1.8.2 is my version)
hmfwic47
hmfwic47
Feb 11 2019
1.8.2
0.5
Feb 11 2019
0.5
Version: 1.8.2
I tried to install 1.8.2 and got a window saying "Failed To Install Helper Utility." I have an iMac running macOS Mojave 10.14.3. Doesn't rate a star at all.
George6
George6
Dec 26 2018
1.8.1
0.0
Dec 26 2018
0.0
Version: 1.8.1
doesnt this mess up signed apps nowadays?
hmfwic47
hmfwic47
Dec 24 2018
1.8.1
0.5
Dec 24 2018
0.5
Version: 1.8.1
I did a spotlight search for any previous "Monolingual" files and found nothing. I tried to install 1.8.1 and got a window saying "Failed To Install Helper Utility." I have an iMac running Mojave 10.14.2. Doesn't rate a star at all.
Pokeyjoe
Pokeyjoe
Dec 23 2018
1.8.1
4.5
Dec 23 2018
4.5
Version: 1.8.1
I just installed 1.8.1. The note at the end states, "Files Removed. Space saved: 1.86 TB." That's pretty funny. My SSD is only 256GB. I had it put the removed files in the trash. When Monolingual was done, I had 2MB in the trash. Maybe it should have said, "Space saved: 1.86 MB." Even though we may have a typo, it still does an excellent job removing language files.
Fking
Fking
Dec 23 2018
1.8.1
4.5
Dec 23 2018
4.5
Version: 1.8.1
i downloaded v1.8.1 from github (the link here wasn't working), rebooted with SIP disabled... and regained about 2GB on my mac (running mojave, latest beta); for some reason, the app showed "2PB"... (whatever the hell that means). but it works!
hmfwic47
hmfwic47
Nov 20 2018
1.8.0
0.5
Nov 20 2018
0.5
Version: 1.8.0
Absolutely worthless. I am using Mojave and Monolingual still does not work. It still cannot install the helper app required when using previous versions, including this one.
Acheteur
Acheteur
Nov 1 2018
1.8.0
5.0
Nov 1 2018
5.0
Version: 1.8.0
Just a question: is version 1.8.0 fully compatible with Mojave 10.14.1? Thank you for your answers.
Pokeyjoe
Pokeyjoe
Oct 11 2018
1.8.0
4.5
Oct 11 2018
4.5
Version: 1.8.0
"1 byte" might be old, but just go into preferences and tell it to put the removed files in the trash. You'll find a bunch when it's done.
Vitaly
Vitaly
Sep 25 2018
1.8.0
0.0
Sep 25 2018
0.0
Version: 1.8.0
would be nice to get a 1.8.1 version
Billearl
Billearl
Jul 23 2018
1.8.0
5.0
Jul 23 2018
5.0
Version: 1.8.0
I appreciate the author providing this useful app, but wish he would maintain it. "1 byte" removed is getting old.
jack2001
jack2001
May 22 2018
1.8.0
0.5
May 22 2018
0.5
Version: 1.8.0
innanzitutto ho dovuto scaricare una versione precedente dell'app in quanto le più recenti non funzionavano poi mi ha lasciato file lingue nel cestino impossibili da cancellare. alcune app sono andate in crash e non è stato più possibile riaprirle. alla fine ho dovuto fare rispristino da time machine.
georgecxole
georgecxole
Apr 26 2018
1.8.0
5.0
Apr 26 2018
5.0
Version: 1.8.0
I like this app. Great work.
Vitaly
Vitaly
Mar 25 2018
1.8.0
0.0
Mar 25 2018
0.0
Version: 1.8.0
would be nice if monolingual could be configured to automatically remove files on a schedule or at least once weekly
smiffy56
smiffy56
Mar 24 2018
1.8.0
0.5
Mar 24 2018
0.5
Version: 1.8.0
Version 1.8.0 on High Sierra when started does not report any file removals. This update is definitely broken.
Courbafond
Courbafond
Mar 21 2018
1.8.0
0.0
Mar 21 2018
0.0
Version: 1.8.0
installed 1.8.0 and got: Failed to install helper utility. it's not new.
hmfwic47
hmfwic47
Mar 15 2018
1.8.0
0.5
Mar 15 2018
0.5
Version: 1.8.0
I installed 1.8.0 and got: Failed to install helper utility I have macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 (17D102) installed on my 27 inch iMac, 8 GB of memory.
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