The Setapp.app helper missed my first attempt to Trash the app (maybe an earlier version?). So I need to clean out it's various helpers and plugins manually.

Here's what I've found so far:

/Applications/Setapp/ <- if you have installed anything

~/Library/Application Support/Setapp/...
~/Library/Application Scripts/com.setapp.*

If I delete all the above will that completely remove Setapp? If not, what else do I need to do?

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    Do you ever use the locate command in Terminal ? It requires initialisation the first time you use it, but after that, it's a useful way to quickly locate files, e.g. locate -i setapp. You can use its output as a parameter in rm to delete everything in one go (just be sure the list doesn't contain items you don't intend to remove, such as NothingToDoWithSetapp.pkg. Also, look into using a program like AppCleaner to expunge apps more fully from your system. – CJK Dec 24 '17 at 15:29
  • also /users/shared/setapp/ – syabro Mar 17 '18 at 6:33

The correct way to uninstall it is :

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If you did not undo it in this way, you must use the "Remove Setapp" tool that is delivered to you in the support.

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Setapp is absolutely brutal to get rid of. Even if you think you've uninstalled it, lingering Setapp demons will continue to hijack independent processes and legitimately purchased apps (like Gemini 2, in my case) and try to subsume them under the Setapp environment which isn't even supposed to exist any longer.

In fact, I just had to create a new account with that company in order to

  1. re-install all of Setapp again

and then

  1. try a complete uninstall.

This is what worked. Finally. Finally...

Run this thing:

  • Welcome to Ask Different :) It would help if you can edit the answer and add some more details such as what does running the mentioned command does? What happens when you run it, etc. – Nimesh Neema Apr 4 '19 at 4:58
  • Sorry about that. From the human standpoint, after running this, all of the lurking troublesome Setapp interference stopped. From the technical perspective, this is everything that I captured from the echoed console diagnostics: – Infideluxe Apr 5 '19 at 13:54
  • The solution really works for me. – Mitoxys Apr 13 '19 at 16:09

The "Complete Uninstall" option does not remove SetappQL.qlgenerator or the com.setapp.DesktopClient.SetappAgent.FinderSyncExt folder. JUST went through the list in the first answer after doing a "fresh uninstall".

  • Welcome to Ask Different! Could you please explain which "Complete Uninstall" option you're referring to (e.g. with screenshots)? I fear that this is more of a comment to this answer and not a solution on its own. – Glorfindel Mar 15 '19 at 8:04

I've used AppCleaner (https://freemacsoft.net/appcleaner/) for ages now with great results. You just open AppCleaner and then drop the app to be cleaned to the AppCleaner's window and it returns with a handy list of files related. From there trashing them is just a click away. Hope it helps.

  • @alfwatt Did you try removing Setapp with AppCleaner. Please share your experience. – user303126 Oct 15 '18 at 11:57

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