How to manually delete local snapshots from Time Machine’s backups

Written by ppolyzos

Software engineer based in beautiful Luxembourg


    1. ppolyzos

      Time machine snapshots are produced with a datetime suffix.
      eg. a snapshot took on 2017-01-01 at 19:04:22 will have an associated file like: ``

  1. Kathy

    Thanks. When I try this, using Terminal, it asks for a Password and won’t allow me to proceed. My usual password doesn’t work. Any suggestions?

  2. Julia Muntean

    For me it says that the command to show the local snapshots is an “unrecognized verb”. Has this happened to anyone?

  3. Martin Peddle

    Thanks so much, I have been struggling with this for a few days. I had 196.49GB of purgeable storage on my 500GB SSD, and could not install a boot camp portion due to lack of space. After deleting 6 of these files, my purgeable storage changed to 27.3GB, that’s right, I released 169GB of space on my drive.

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