Home » News » How to Uninstall Software Applications on Mac

It’s not only about Mac, it’s about any operating system running on any device, you may need to uninstall programs and apps anytime because of distinct reasons. It may be possible that you install something just to try out and you really don’t find it worth to have, or you need some space on your disc for some more important application, or you’re switching from one platform to another, or your application is corrupted, and such other issues. This may be the case with any platform and devices. But you need to be really careful and need to understand that every operating system has its own way of uninstalling any application.


Uninstalling programs and apps on other platform is not as easy as on Mac. Whenever someone switches from Windows to Mac OS X, one of the immediate woes is how to uninstall programs. That is because there is no immediately evident solution to doing so. The reason for this is pretty simple; uninstalling apps on a Mac is infinitely simpler than any other platform. So let’s know it more how:

With the Help of a Dedicated Uninstaller App

According to the most of the users, it’s one of the best methods to uninstall any application on Mac. There are a number of free and paid choices available in the market, which may suit you the most. They can help you to uninstall a single app or a bunch of programs. They are easy to download and use and selecting any of them will allow you to hunt the file which you want to remove. They can work for simple as well as complex app packages that can adjuvant with .plist and .kext files. They can also deal with the installation of new apps.

Uninstall Mac Apps Using Terminal

OS X is Unix-based operating system, which means using Terminal you can do anything at a basic level. It is pretty easy to uninstall any program just initiate a Terminal session and type the following

sudo uninstall file:///<application path.extension>

You need to replace <application path.extension> by the app which you want to remove in the format it is. There are three slashes in this command; pay attention to all the three slashes the first two belong to the command syntax and the third one shows the folder path of relative Applications.

By Dragging App to Trash

This is the direct and most simple method which you are using for long. It works well with apps which you’ve downloaded from Mac App Store or those that have only an .app file. Or locate the app from the Launchpad or in Finder and then drag the corresponding app icon to the Trash. And now your app is marked for removal and now you can remove it once and for always.

Uninstall a Mac App Manually

Because of the lack of a system registry, you need to removal programs from Mac manually. Although you can remove all types of app manually, but it’s somewhat riskier. It may be possible that unknowingly you may delete something that shouldn’t have been. But if you want to continue you can do it by-

  • Removing the .app file or
  • Removing the .plist file

Both files are removed in the same way, but removal of property list files is a bit different as it is tricky to locate them. Usually these files are located in the /Library/Preferences folder, but it is not easy to access this folder on a Mac. To visit this location, click on the “Go To Folder” option in Finder (or open it by pressing key combination Command+Shift+G, and then entering the path /Library/Preferences). Once in, you can send any related .plist files to trash manually as usual.

  • Removing the .kext files

As it has been told earlier that it is risky territory and the removal of kernel extensions may not be favorable for you. So if you’re not sure about how to do it, don’t do it. Although, it’ll not create damage to backup the files which you’re deleting to another location. But if you want to continue, Go To Folder dialog and navigate to the /System/Library/Extensions folder then put those files in the Trash. In case you make any mistake, restore the file to its original location from the earlier created backup.

Taylor Olivia author of this article has written several dozen articles on computer repair, networking, android applications, and much more.  In this article she discussed about how to uninstall software application from MAC and she also discuss about virus removal and data recovery tips and tricks.