asked Jul 02 '14 at 16:21 by riot ♦♦ (1.8k)


After upgrading one or more of my VSTs, some don't even show up in Bitwig Studio.

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Try regenerating BWS's VST cache by deleting it. Do this by deleting the following files/folders:

MacOS: /Users/your_username/Library/Application Support/Bitwig/Bitwig Studio/index (folder) /Users/your_username/Library/Caches/Bitwig/vst-metadata (file)

Windows: C:\Users\your_username/AppData/Local/BitwigStudio/index (folder) C:\Users\your_username/AppData/Local/BitwigStudio/cache/vst-metadata

Linux: Delete the folder "index" and the file "cache/vst-metadata" in /home/your_username/.BitwigStudio


answered Jul 02 '14 at 16:21 by riot ♦♦ (1.8k)

This is obviously also good to reset your cache

  — (Jul 02 '14 at 16:30) riot ♦♦

This folder/file doesnt exist on my OS X machine and missing plugins that don't show up in the browser list...

  — (Dec 08 '14 at 23:05) SonicUnion

Just posted a reply to you.

  — (Dec 09 '14 at 07:54) ronnyrydgren

This worked perfectly - helped Bitwig find a newly purchased Waves plugin after much frustration. Thank you!!

  — (Dec 09 '15 at 00:17) richkamo

Do as Riot Said! Remember its two locations

/Users/your_username/Library/Application Support/Bitwig/Bitwig Studio/index Delete the entire folder index

/Users/your_username/Library/Caches/Bitwig/vst-metadata Vst-medadata is a file delete that.

I had same problem. i just tried what riot said. it works. I had problems with this on waves. :) Thanks riot!


answered Dec 09 '14 at 07:54 by ronnyrydgren (1.2k)

I have looked and searched. I can't find this folder or file. I've even double checked through Terminal by hand...

  — (Dec 09 '14 at 14:20) SonicUnion

Did find it now and my Slate Digital VMR is showing up! :)


answered Dec 09 '14 at 18:11 by SonicUnion (20)

I just tried this in 1.1.7 but it didn't help, my Presswork demo from U-HE still won't show up. Any ideas?



answered May 01 '15 at 11:48 by Jimmy (41)

Hello, I was scared to delete files like that but it DID WORK ! Is it not dangerous to just delete files like that?


answered Nov 30 '15 at 23:26 by Pedro310789 (51)

I had the same issue,

This can now be easily managed using the "Project Panel" (click the document icon below the side panel browser).



answered Feb 24 '16 at 02:43 by sigmao (11)



answered Mar 23 '16 at 12:58 by FalafelKing (10)

I just had a similar issue when migrating from one machine to another. In my case, it was that the new NI "Native Access" program (which I thought replaced Service Center) - failed to update Reaktor and other plugins to their latest versions. Updated via Service Center and all good!


answered Oct 23 '16 at 16:17 by infinitespirals (11)

Thanks Riot!

Some of my Waves plugins were not showing and deleting the VST metadata files fixed it!


answered Dec 21 '17 at 05:12 by szimmer (0)

Thanks this worked for me on windows.


answered Dec 01 '19 at 19:16 by Tellurian (41)

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