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In the past I was able to do sudo rm -rf /Applications/<app name>. The following resources indicate that this will no longer work without dealing with System Integration Protection (SIP):

The motivation is that I am not motivated to accept updates for apps that I do not expect to use within the foreseeable future.

Is there an easy way to remove some the built-in apps that I do not wish to update, such as GarageBand, Keynote, Pages, etc., without dealing with the SIP tool?

P.S. (edited): I completely understand that there may not be any easy or even difficult way to remove some built-in apps such as Safari, Siri, System Preferences, etc. This scope of this question is hereby limited to the some apps such as GarageBand, Keynote, Pages, etc.

marked as duplicate by Steve Chambers, bmike May 21 at 2:05

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  • Your first link IS how you remove the built-in apps. And that is about as easy as it gets. – Steve Chambers May 20 at 21:02
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    The apps that cannot be removed are Apple-supplied apps that get updated as part of MacOS system updates. You can't chose "not to accept updates" for these apps without not accepting OS updates. – benwiggy May 20 at 21:03
  • I think this is not a duplicate as suggested in the comment above. This question has the word easy in both the title and body. I just updated the question to make this more clear and to qualify that I was really looking for an easy way to remove apps such as GarageBand, Keynote, etc. – brodybits May 20 at 21:32
  • Go to the Applications folder in the Finder tool;
  • right-click on the unwanted application;
  • click "Move to trash", and enter the password if requested by the system;
  • then empty the trash.

Note the following exceptions:

  • In case an unwanted application is in the Utilities subfolder, the first step should be to navigate into that subfolder.
  • There are some applications such as Safari and Siri for which there is no "Move to trash" option.

Each of these steps should be well documented. I would be happy to add some more pointers upon request.

  • Not without turning offf SIP – Steve Chambers May 20 at 21:02
  • The answer is already true as it stand for me on my macOS Mojave system, with the two exceptions that were already noted. I just updated the original question to clarify the original intent for an easy way, clarified that I did not want to deal with SIP, and explicitly limited the scope to exactly what kind of apps I wanted to remove. – brodybits May 20 at 21:43

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