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Is there any way to delete apps that were added by Apple in the Mavericks 10.9 update? In particular, I'm talking about iBooks.app. When I try to delete it, OS X tells me that it can't be because it's required by OS X.

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close iTunes

via terminal.app

sudo killall bookstoreagent
sudo tar -czf /Applications/iBooks.tar.gz /Applications/iBooks.app
sudo rm -fr /Applications/iBooks.app

keeps you a working backup, just in case you need it back:

cd /Applications
sudo tar -xzf /Applications/iBooks.tar.gz

there is no need to alter any other files, nor to play with LaunchAgents or Daemons. Once the App is gone, iTunes gains back the books functionality. I read some evil suggestions on the interwebs.

  • maybe you should provide warnings and explain what those do. – Ruskes May 18 '15 at 3:43
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  1. Kill bookstoreagent

  2. Remove the following files/folders:

    • /Applications/iBooks.app/
    • ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.ibooks.plist
    • /private/var/folders/*/*/*/com.apple.iBooksX/
    • ~/Library/Containers/com.apple.iBooksX/

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