Can I Delete Adobe After Effects Disk Cache?

Can I Delete Adobe After Effects Disk Cache?


Yes, you can delete the Adobe After Effects disk cache. The disk cache stores temporary files that After Effects uses to improve performance. However, it can sometimes become corrupted or take up too much disk space. In these cases, you can delete the disk cache without any problems.

How to Delete the Adobe After Effects Disk Cache

There are two ways to delete the Adobe After Effects disk cache:

From within After Effects

  1. Open After Effects and go to Edit > Purge > All Memory & Disk Cache
  2. Click the Purge button.


  1. Quit After Effects.
  2. Open Finder (Mac) or File Explorer (Windows).
  3. Navigate to the following folder:
  • Mac: ~/Library/Caches/Adobe/After Effects/
  • Windows: C:\Users<username>\AppData\Local\Adobe\After Effects<version>\

4. Delete all the files in the folder.

When Should I Delete the Adobe After Effects Disk Cache?

You should only delete the Adobe After Effects disk cache if you are experiencing problems with After Effects, such as:

  • After Effects is slow or unresponsive.
  • After Effects is crashing frequently.
  • After Effects is using too much disk space.

If you are not experiencing any problems with After Effects, you do not need to delete the disk cache. In fact, deleting the disk cache may make After Effects slower the next time you use it, as it will have to rebuild the cache.

Tips for Managing the Adobe After Effects Disk Cache

Here are a few tips for managing the Adobe After Effects disk cache:

  • Set a limit on how much disk space the disk cache can use. You can do this in the After Effects preferences.
  • Empty the disk cache regularly. You can do this manually or by setting up a schedule to automatically empty the cache.
  • Delete old projects from your hard drive. After Effects will store previews of your projects in the disk cache, even if you have deleted the projects themselves. Deleting old projects will free up disk space and reduce the size of the disk cache.


The Adobe After Effects disk cache can be a useful tool, but it can also cause problems if it becomes too large or corrupted. By following the tips above, you can manage the disk cache and keep After Effects running smoothly.

I hope this article was helpful. Please let me know if you have any other questions.


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