How to Fix a Locked iTunes Library File

How to Fix a Locked iTunes Library File

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These are instructions on how to fix a locked iTunes Library file which prevents iTunes from loading.

For one reason or another you may be shown a message on iTunes launch that reads like this, "The iTunes Library file is locked, on a locked disk, or you do not have write permission for this file".
How to Fix a Locked iTunes Library File

How to Fix a Locked iTunes Library File

There are several possible fixes for this error. Below we outline the simplest solution which works in most cases.

Step One
Launch Finder by clicking its icon in the dock.
How to Fix a Locked iTunes Library File

Step Two
Select Music from the list of PLACES on the left side of the Finder window then double click the iTunes folder.
How to Fix a Locked iTunes Library File

Step Three
Locate the iTunes Library file and drag it to your desktop.
How to Fix a Locked iTunes Library File

How to Fix a Locked iTunes Library File

Step Four
Launch the iTunes application by clicking its icon in the dock.
How to Fix a Locked iTunes Library File

Notice that your iTunes Library will be empty. Next, quit the application by pressing the Command+q keys.
How to Fix a Locked iTunes Library File

Step Five
Drag the iTunes Library file from the Desktop back to the iTunes folder you original took it from.
How to Fix a Locked iTunes Library File

You will be informed that an item already exists in this location. Click the Replace button to continue.
How to Fix a Locked iTunes Library File

Step Six
You can now launch iTunes as normal without receiving a locked library message.
How to Fix a Locked iTunes Library File
Geo - April 30, 2014 at 6:36am
didn't get past step 3. couldn't find the same exact file as shown in the example. (tried other files but none worked)
Amydala - March 14, 2014 at 8:40pm
Thank you so much!!!! IT FINALLY WORKED!!! I have searched through dozens of articles and forums looking for a solution to a similar problem with absolutely no luck! Thank you!
kris - October 13, 2013 at 2:09pm
Itunes launched but now I have no music. I replaced the file. maybe it's the wrong file. what's the library extension?
gamaliel - March 20, 2013 at 10:36pm
what if i dont have "music" on the list of places?
Iain - January 16, 2013 at 7:37am
Worked, albeit with a glitch or two to overcome on the way. This is one of my "go to" places when I have a Mac OS X problem.
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