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Persistent RAMDisk

Works on macOS Big Sur.



There is a non-deprecated way to do it:

  • Open the Script Editor app.
  • Paste
do shell script "~/.login"

on quit
	do shell script "~/.logout"
	continue quit
end quit
  • File > Save, Select Application and Stay open after run handler and Save
  • System Preferences > Users & Groups > Login Items tab > + button
  • Add the application and mark it as Hidden

To hide it from the Dock:

  • Right-click the application and select Show package contents
  • Open Info.plist and add

Create RAMDisk scripts

$ touch ~/.login
$ touch ~/.logout
$ chmod +x ~/.login
$ chmod +x ~/.logout

Open ~/.login and paste, this creates a 1GB RAMDisk

#!/usr/bin/env bash
diskutil erasevolume HFS+ "RAMDisk" `hdiutil attach -nomount ram://2097152` && rsync -rauL --ignore-errors ~/.RAMDisk/ /Volumes/RAMDisk

Open ~/.logout and paste

#!/usr/bin/env bash
rsync -rauL --delete --ignore-errors /Volumes/RAMDisk/ ~/.RAMDisk
  • Mount the RAMDisk  $ ~/.login
  • The RAMDisk should appear in Finder.

Example use: PHPStorm caches on RAMDisk

  1. Create a folder called PHPStorm on the RAMDisk.
  2. Start PHPStorm > Help > Edit custom properties... and paste