GrandPerspective is a small utility application that graphically shows the disk usage within a file system. It can help you to manage your disk, as you can easily spot which files and folders take up the most space.

Disk usage is visualised using tree maps. Each file is shown as a rectangle with an area proportional to the file's size. Files in the same folder appear together.

Configurable display of views:
• Color files by their: name, extension, file type, parent folder, top folder, level in the folder hierarchy, creation time, modification time, or last access time
• Choice of color palettes
• Configurable mapping by file type
• Optionally view package contents
• Optionally view the entire volume

Convenient navigation of views:
• Traverse up and down the folder hierarchy
• Select files and folders in the view
• Preview files using Quick Look
• Reveal files and folders in Finder
• Delete files and folders from the view

Filter files and folders:
• Construct filter tests based an item's name, path, size, file type, hard-link status, and package status
• Filters and filter tests are automatically stored in the user preferences

Use these filters to:
• Mask files in the view
• Filter files from the view
• Exclude files and folders when scanning a disk

Multiple view support:
• Re-scan a view to compare results before and after clean-up
• Twin or duplicate a view for different displays of the same data

Support for hard-linked files and folders:
• Analyse Time Machine back-ups

Save results of disk scanning operations:
• Save, reload and view again at any time
• Save images of views

Snappy and responsive GUI:
• Optimized drawing of views
• Drawing and scanning are carried out in background threads

• Configurable user preferences
• Small memory and disk footprint
• Extensive help documentation

What’s New

Version 2.2.1

• Improved look of status bar and tool bar in Dark Mode
• Re-enabled Services for initiating scans and loading Scan Dumps
• Added "Tally" file size measure
• Minor improvements to auto-layout

Bug fixes:
• Fixed crash caused by assertion failure in ScanProgressTracker

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
62 Ratings

62 Ratings

cbedgar ,

A solid little tool that has stood the test of time

I have used this app for many years on various Macs with various versions of Mac OS X. In all this time, it has been the best way to figure out what is filling up a disk. In the early days, there were a few bugs, and I mention this only because the app was so useful, one would put up with a few crashes because Grand Perspective was still the best way to get the job done. Now the app is a simple, solid tool, that I only use occasionally, but it absolutely indespensible when I need it. And it is solid now: I haven't had any trouble in years and years.

The app presents the user with a large rectangular box which respresents the container that is being analyzed. Often the large box is a volume. Often it is a folder that needs a little more scrutiny. The box is filled with smaller boxes. The smaller boxes are the folders or files on the disk. The size of the little boxes represents the size of the files. Files in folders are boxes in boxes. There is a control to zoom in and out. Say, that big box there is my photos. Let's take a look at what is in there. That other box is apps. Wow, that one app is bigger than I thought. That's the idea. When you hover over a box, the interface tells you what the path is, how big the file is, etc.

Anyway, Grand Perspective is a great little program that does it job well. I don't think you will be disappointed.

Rdfaleph ,

Indispensible Utility

I’ve been using this “forever”, probably since it first came out. It’s extremely easy to use, and quickly gives you a lot of useful information in an intuitive format.

Over the years, I’ve tried a few other apps that have similar functionality, but I’ve never found anything that matched it. Even in this age of “huge disk drives”, its one of those utilities I'd recommend to everyone.

Foundinblank ,

Brilliant one-job tool

It scans your hard drive and shows you the files or folders which are taking up the most space on your hard drive. You can double-click on any one box and it'll take you to the folder in Finder so you can deal with it right there. I've been using it for years and years, and it just works.


Erwin Bonsma
3 MB

OS X 10.9.0 or later, 64-bit processor


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Age Rating
Rated 4+
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