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Locating FL Studio Installation Files

This section is to help users who need to work directly with the installation files. If you are looking to access folder locations shown in the Browser (and set in File Settings), you can Right-Click Folders in the Browser and choose 'Open'. The operating system browser will open to this folder. To access other files when updating a plugin or component for testing or when working with Techsupport:

Windows

A 'clean installation' requires a specific set of steps that should be completed in the following order:

Manual Uninstall / Clean Install

  1. Make sure you have backed up all your personal projects and files! The best way to avoid issues is to make sure everything that is yours is OUTSIDE the FL Studio folders.

    NOTE: From FL Studio 20 onward, your project files are, by default, in - '...\Users\[your computer account]\Documents\Image-Line\'. This location is set by the User data folder. If so, deleting the folders below won't delete your personal data.

  2. Perform a Reset settings.
  3. Restart your computer and do not open FL Studio until you have completed the remaining items on this list. This will make sure no files are locked and in use.
  4. Right-Click the FL Studio desktop icon and choose 'Open file location'. Note the folder you are in, 'FL Studio N'. N = Version you are using and then go back up one level. The default installation location is 'C:\Program Files (x86)\Image-Line\FL Studio N'. This includes the 32 and 64 Bit versions.
  5. Delete the FL Studio installation folder 'FL Studio N'.
  6. Delete the 'Shared' folder.
  7. If you want to reinstall the latest version of FL Studio, you can do so now. Download it here.
  8. If you are reinstalling FL Studio, don't forget to:

Multiple Installations

  1. Right-click the existing FL Studio installation icon and choose 'Open file location'.
  2. Use your file browser to go back up a level so that you can see the installation folder. Normally C:\Program Files (x86)\Image-Line\FL Studio N, where N is the FL Studio version.
  3. Create a new folder at the same level (not in the 'FL Studio N' but alongside it. Call it 'FL Studio Test' or whatever you like.
  4. Run the FL Studio installer, and when it offers the install location, set it to your folder: C:\Program Files (x86)\Image-Line\FL Studio Test
  5. There will be a new icon on the desktop for this installation. If you need to manually create a shortcut/s, Right-click the 'FL64.exe' and choose 'Create shortcut' and then drag that shortcut to your desktop.

NOTE: The last installation of FL Studio normally becomes the default install to open project files. You can change this by opening the installation you want to use as the default, then on the General Settings select 'Associate project files with application'.

macOS

Video tutorial here.

  1. From the macOS Finder browse to [Macintosh HD]/Applications/FL Studio.app
  2. Right-Click FL Studio.app and choose 'Show Package Contents'
  3. Navigate to /Contents/Resources/FL. This will place you in the root of the FL Studio installation folder.

From here you can locate the relevant FL Studio installation files discussed elsewhere in this manual.

Manual Uninstall / Clean Install

NOTE: If your Mac is not running the latest version of macOS, we STRONGLY RECOMMEND you update your OS first. Older versions of macOS, particularly before High Sierra, are often linked to instability and crashes. If you can't use Mojave, then update to the last version of High Sierra - Open the Mac App Store and choose 'Store > Sign in'. Click 'Purchased'. Scroll down to find 'High Sierra 10.13'.

  1. Restart your computer and do not open FL Studio until you have completed this list. This will make sure no files are locked and in use.
  2. Make sure you have backed up all your personal projects and files! The best way to avoid issues is to make sure everything that is yours is OUTSIDE the FL Studio folders.

    NOTE: Your project files are, by default, in - '[Macintosh HD]/Users/[user account]/Documents/Image-Line/FL Studio'. This location is set by the User data folder. If this is the case, deleting the folders below won't delete any personal data.

  3. Show hidden folders if you have not already done this.
  4. Delete FL Studio application. Drag and drop the FL Studio icon to the Trash.
  5. Delete the '[Macintosh HD]/Library/Application Support/Image-Line/Shared' folder.
  6. Delete the '[Macintosh HD]/Users/[user account]/Library/Preferences/Image-Line' folder.
  7. If you want to reinstall the latest version of FL Studio, you can do so now. Download it here.
  8. If you are reinstalling FL Studio, don't forget to:

Multiple Installations

To avoid installing a Beta, or any new version, over an existing installation, you can rename the existing FL Studio application prior to installation of the beta or new release.

  1. Close FL Studio.
  2. Open Finder and select the 'Applications' folder in the Sidebar.
  3. Locate and right-click the 'FL Studio N' application. Where N is the version number.
  4. Select 'Rename'.
  5. Rename the application to something other than 'FL Studio N', such as 'FL Studio N Stable'.
  6. Install the beta, or new release, as normal. It will become the default FL Studio installation.
  7. To maintain quick access to the various installations, make Alias shortcuts.
  8. Open Finder and select the 'Applications' folder in the Sidebar.
  9. Right-click the application you would like to create a shortcut for and select 'Make alias'.
  10. Relocate the alias to your Desktop. Alternatively, you can drag the application from the Applications directory to your Dock to create a shortcut.