While using the LBRY desktop app, I noticed my hard drive space was filling up rapidly and I didn’t know what the issue was. After some time investigating, I realized that the appdata LBRY blob files were the problem. Here’s how to find them and save your storage space.
At first, I wasn’t even aware that it was LBRY that was taking up space but later when my drive was almost full, I had to spend a ton of time searching around for the cause. With the new LBRY.tv platform accessible via a web browser I thought it didn’t matter and I could just use that instead. After finding out there was a 500 Mb upload limit for the site, I figured I still had to use the desktop application. If you compress videos with Handbrake, you should be able to eliminate this issue entirely and just use the website, but if you’re uploading huge videos, then you still need to use the application and may have this issue.
The main concern I had was if I deleted something, would it affect the rest of the application. I soon came to find that all the space was being taken up by video “blob” files in appdata > local > Lbry > lbryum > blob files. These can be safely deleted without and repercussions and I recommend you do it regularly if you can’t spare the extra space. I would have probably left it if I could have changed the location of the files, but given I’m just using a small SSD for my main drive with my operating system, I had to find a solution.
This video is just a quick walkthrough of actually navigating to the folder and deleting and showing you that there are no settings to affect this within LBRY itself. Again, if you just use the website, this won’t even be a concern, but for users who are lacking space and using the desktop app, this is key.
Check me out on LBRY if you haven’t: https://lbry.tv/@ScottCBusiness:4
Let me know if this helped. Was LBRY taking up too much space for you? Are you mainly using the desktop app or the website? Let me know if you have any questions and want to learn about something else on LBRY or any other major blockchain platform! Share what you think about this in the comments below and don’t forget to subscribe!