Is there a way to completely delete an application from my Macbook? I don't mean to just save the space by deleting it from the applications folder, but to delete all the files that it uses to make it run. I don't worry about the files it produces.


There are several 3rd-party “un-installers” available for Mac. The one I use is AppZapper.

There may be files in "~/Library/Application Support/{folder name of app}" and there may be a preference file in ~/Library/Preferences/.

Sandboxed apps have their data in "~/Library/Containers/{folder name of company}"

Some applications may also install more complicated things like kexts. Most of those apps will have their own uninstallers.

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Deleting the application from the Applications folder is deleting the application. Some will store further data in ~/Library/Application\ Support/.

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Well known you can go ahead and download "AppCleaner". Find it here : http://www.freemacsoft.net/appcleaner/ [Supports OS X 10.6 - 10.9 Currently] enter image description here

Here's another way to delete some apps.

When you install a application, many of them will come when you click "Launchpad" To delete a app try doing this :

1 : Click Launchpad

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2 : Click and hold the app you want to delete [ NEXT CLICK ON THAT X LITTLE BUTTON TO DELETE YOUR APP ] enter image description here

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I ask your question before. Really, the best way to delete application is (if you can't remove this app by simple 'x'-button pressed) "AppCleaner"

Yes, you can manually delete these files from Application Support folder or from Library/Containters folder.

You will have unexpected result.

Just a one example (not related to deleting apps, but related to command line usage and os x).

I have experience in command line usage, but, after prompt command 'purge' in OS X, which will give me more free RAM, I gain only a headache, because my XCode app becomes insane.

So, be sure in what you will do.

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Personally, I'm using Clean My Mac

Clean, optimize, and maintain your Mac with the all-new CleanMyMac 3. It scans every inch of your system, removes gigabytes of junk in just two clicks, and monitors the health of your Mac.

As you can see on the image below, CleanMyMac is providing you a list of your applications and it's showing you all the files that will be deleted. enter image description here


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