Empty Trash Error -8003


When you empty the Trash on your Mac, you get Finder Error -8003.


  1. Close down all applications.
  2. Go to your Applications folder.
  3. Go to the Utilities folder.
  4. Open Terminal.
  5. In Terminal, type sudo bash and press Enter.
  6. You will need to enter your password and press Enter.
    • It won’t show any characters when you type.
    • If you do not have a password then set one first.
  7. Copy and paste the following into the Terminal window and press Enter:
    sudo rm -rfv /.Trashes/*
    sudo rm -rfv ~/.Trash/*
    sudo rm -rfv /Volumes/*/.Trashes/*
    killall Terminal
  8. The Terminal window will close once it has finished.
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