I am a great fan of Spotlight, I use it every day, for virtually everything. But after more then a year of usage on my Macbook Pro it started to get slow. It didn’t use to be slow, it has always been very snappy for me. So I wanted that snappiness back.

This is what I did

Spotlight stores it’s index in /.Spotlight-V100/ on your root volume ( and /Volumes/<VOLUME_NAME>/.Spotlight-V100/ on mounted disks). Right now, this directory has about 180MB of data in it. Before I cleaned it out it had ±580MB in it. So the database can “fragment”.

To clean it out is really simple. There are a few ways:

  1. rm -rf
  2. spotless
  3. exclude