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Al­though macOS is meant to free up “purge­able” space when it’s needed, in­stall­ers such as Steam’s don’t al­ways work prop­erly. Even if “Op­ti­mize Mac Stor­age” is en­abled, some in­stall­ers fail to get macOS to delete lo­cal copies of files in iCloud Drive.

From Time Ma­chine’s menu bar, choose Back Up Now. Next, go to Ap­ple Menu > About This Mac > Stor­age to check free space; back­ing up should have purged lo­cal snap­shots — which, in High Sierra, are cre­ated on ev­ery APFS-for­mat­ted, all-flash stor­age de­vice con­nected to your Mac.

Space still not free? In Ter­mi­nal, use the mk­file com­mand to cre­ate a file as big as the space you need. So, mk­file 30g test­file.dat will cre­ate a 30GB file. Then trash the file and empty the Trash; use this to free up space used by lo­cal copies of iCloud Drive files, mak­ing it avail­able to prob­lem­atic in­stall­ers, which then see it as avail­able, and keep­ing your cloud-based copies of files.

Sim­ple work­arounds can help when an in­staller doesn’t work well with purge­able space.

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