I want to uninstall some recently installed software which I installed using the Mac App Store. Is is possible to uninstall those programs from inside the App Store?

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You cannot uninstall apps from within the App Store.

How can I delete an application?

  1. You can delete them like in iOS:

    • Open Launchpad.
    • Click and hold the app you want to delete (or hold )
    • Delete by clicking on the X.

    Note: The X appears only for apps which have been installed using the Mac App Store.

  2. Locate the Applications folder where the app is located:

    • /Applications or /Users/my_name/Applications
    • Drag the application to the Trash.

    Note: This will only remove the application - this will not remove some other files which may be related to the app (e.g. preferences). If you want to remove such files as well, you can use tools like AppCleaner which @james.garriss has mentioned.

Besides this, applications which have not been installed via the Mac App Store sometimes provide their own uninstaller in the installer .dmg image. I usually keep them in a folder Applications/Uninstaller which I created.

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    In the case of Applications installed via the App Store the related files are of no consequence. Unless you're fanatical, or so low on disk space that you're already cutting it too fine, you can leave the .plist files in place without concern.
    – jaberg
    Commented Feb 29, 2012 at 13:22
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    While App Store applications aren't allowed to install shared components like kernel extensions, the support files might contain private information or in the case of GarageBand take up a lot of disk space. Note that removing an application from Launchpad removes some support files (like folders in ~/Library/Caches/) but not others, like the property lists for preferences.
    – Lri
    Commented Jul 19, 2012 at 16:21
  • The problem with these approaches is that even deleted applications will still attempt to upgrade themselves through the App Store. This is at best annoying, and at worst will lead to their accidental reinstallation. Commented Jul 26, 2016 at 9:11

Yes, it is possible under macOS Catalina. Not sure when this became available. When in App Store, click on your account in the bottom left corner, the list of the apps installed under the account will show up. Move the cursor over the app which you want to remove; a round button with three dots on it will show up next to it. When you click that button, a drop-down menu opens where you can select to remove the app.

How to uninstall AppStore App

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    Best answer, Worked in Mojave without any problems, thanks
    – monn3t
    Commented Mar 8, 2021 at 22:25

I recommend using AppCleaner from FreeMacSoft. You simply drag-and-drop the application you want to uninstall from your Application folder onto AppCleaner. It does the rest, including finding and deleting other related files on your system.

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