Manually Deleting Applications on the Mac

My quick list of things to look for when deleting Mac applications manually. Most mac applications seem well behaved and only populate things in /Applications and maybe a couple things in ~/Library. Other applications seems to try to put things in all sort of directories and even their own uninstaller doesn’t clean up after them. Today’s problem child is Mark/Space’s Missing Sync. I ran the uninstaller, but it left behind a lot of stuff. So this is just my list of places to go look to uninstall the remaining pieces of applications.

  • First look to see if they have an uninstaller in /Applications
  • Re-download the package and see if the package comes with an uninstaller.
  • Applications, look for Applications and Folders named for what you want to uninstall.
  • Run AppZapper if there is no uninstaller
  • /Library/Application Support
  • /Library/Frameworks
  • /Library/Preferences
  • /Library/LaunchAgents
  • /Library/LaunchDaemons
  • /System/Library/Extensions
  • ~/Library/Application Support
  • ~/Library/Preferences



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