Open a different iTunes Library file or create a new one

Learn how to create or switch between iTunes libraries to fix launch issues or share your computer with other people in your household.

Create or choose a different iTunes Library file

Using a new iTunes library might help you isolate or fix launch issues. You can also create separate iTunes Libraries if you share your computer with multiple people in your household.

Follow the steps below to create or choose a different iTunes Library file on your Mac or PC.

Mac

  1. If iTunes is running, quit iTunes.
  2. Hold down the Option key while you open iTunes.
  3. You'll see a message that says Choose iTunes Library. Depending on what you want to do, choose Create Library or Choose Library.

Windows

  1. If iTunes is running, quit iTunes.
  2. Hold down the Shift key. Then, from the Start menu, choose All Programs > iTunes > iTunes.
  3. You'll see a message that says Choose iTunes Library. Depending on what you want to do, choose Choose Library or Create Library.

If you don't see the message, try again. Remember to hold down the Option key if you're using a Mac or the Shift key if you're using Windows.

Information about products not manufactured by Apple, or independent websites not controlled or tested by Apple, is provided without recommendation or endorsement. Apple assumes no responsibility with regard to the selection, performance, or use of third-party websites or products. Apple makes no representations regarding third-party website accuracy or reliability. Risks are inherent in the use of the Internet. Contact the vendor for additional information. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

Last Modified:
Helpful?
54% of people found this helpful.

Additional Product Support Information

Start a Discussion

in Apple Support Communities
See all questions on this article See all questions I have asked
United States (English)