Is there a way to remove configuration profiles as root?

So far I have tried the following:

$ sudo su -
$ find / -name profile # trying in the following folder
$ cd /private/var/db/ConfigurationProfiles/Settings
$ chmod 777 com.apple.managed.PlugInKit.plist # operation not permitted
$ mv -f com.apple.managed.PlugInKit.plist com.apple.managed.PlugInKit.plist.old # operation not permitted

Any force moves, copies, removes, or chmods are not permitted even though I am an administrator. I was able to remove them manually in the UI a few months ago but the system admin disabled that feature awhile back and now I'm trying to remove the restrictions on the filesystem.


The profiles command gives you command line access to change profiles.

To remove a profile, use

sudo profiles -R -p identifier

To get the identifier of a profile if you don't have it already, find it in the list of profiles given by

sudo profiles -P

You can't mess around in /private/var/db/ConfigurationProfiles, only macOS itself can manage files in there.

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