I can't find the uninstaller. I installed some service using a pkg file and now I want to get rid of it. How do I do that? I would prefer not to use lsbom and rm and stuff. It looks scary.


Not a direct answer to your question, but you can also use "Suspicious Package", a QuickLook plug-in for Finder, to see what files a package installed: http://www.mothersruin.com/software/SuspiciousPackage/

Depending on what files were installed where, you may be able to find them in Finder and drag to the trash; otherwise you may have to go into Terminal and rm around.

  • Tx. Helps prevention. Though a remedy would be nice. – Anton Oct 29 '10 at 10:24

For the most part, Mac applications don't have uninstallers because they're rarely needed. You can almost always just toss the undesired offender into your trash.

  • After downvoting an answer, it's considered polite to say why in a comment. – Dori Oct 25 '10 at 23:09
  • Agreed (I didn’t do it) – Martin Marconcini Oct 26 '10 at 13:20
  • I disagree. After much digging I found this package installed a service and a launchagent. The service was eating CPU and memory at login. I had to manually remove them. – Anton Oct 29 '10 at 10:21

I recommend you try something like AppZapper ($) or AppCleaner (Freeware). There are others that work similarly.

  • Neither of them have a pkg removal option that I can find... – Anton Oct 29 '10 at 10:14

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