I use Safari as my Mac’s default browser and have recently encountered the following message when attempting to download files:

Safari could not download the file because there is not enough free disk space. 

I have about 100 GB of space available on my drive, so that’s certainly not the problem. Both Chrome and Firefox download the same files without any problems. So what’s the problem with Safari? I’m not sure what triggers it, but here’s how to solve it:

  • Start up Disk Utility which is in your local version of Macintosh HD > Applications > Utilities directory.
  • Click on Repair Disk Permissions.
  • That should fix your Safari download problem!

Disk Utility icon

Mac Disk Utility