How To Uninstall Programs On Mac OS X Computer

If you are familiar with “Uninstall a program” interface in Windows, then we would tell you that that uninstall interface isn’t available on Mac OS X. To uninstall programs on Mac, simply drag the application icon to the Trash and then empty the Trash.

But do you know how to uninstall applications on your Mac computer, which don’t have shortcuts, or other built-in system applications? With most Mac apps, uninstall them is a simple process. But a few apps are required you to type several commands to uninstall them.

How To Uninstall Programs On Mac With Classic Way

Uninstalling programs from a Mac computer is probably easier than removing applications from other operating systems, such as Windows or Linux. With Windows, you need to go to Control Panel > Programs and Features > Pick the application you want to remove > Confirm again > Wait for the process is completed.

In the Mac OS X computer, the uninstall process is simpler, just select the Application you want to remove (from the Desktop, or Finder > Applications).

  • Next, right-click on the application icon > Move to Trash.
  • Or, you can also delete the application by dragging the program icon to the Trash.

How to uninstall programs on Mac

After the application moved to the Trash, right-click on the Trash and choose “Empty Trash”. The application is now uninstalled.

Secure Empty Trash

Uninstall Programs On Mac That Don’t Appear In Finder > Applications

Uninstall Flash On Mac

You know, it’s very easy to remove apps from Mac computer if it’s appearing in the Application folder. But how about applications that aren’t there, such as Java runtime, Flash plugin or browser plugin? There is no general method to uninstall these apps & built-in. You can find appropriate ways to uninstall these programs on Google Search, simply find solutions on there with search terms: “uninstall [application name] on Mac”. For example, Adobe released a solution to help you removing Flash on your Mac computer, find out at here.

How to uninstall Flash on Mac?
How to uninstall Flash on Mac?

Completely Uninstall Programs On Your Mac Computer

With the classic way, you can uninstall unwanted applications on your Mac. However, some programs can leave a few preference files, caches, logs,… so on. If you want to remove a program completely, try a free program called AppCleaner. It allows you to uninstall unwanted programs on your Mac computer, as well as all other related files.



You can also click on the Application tab (in the AppCleaner application) to uninstall a selected program, as well as uninstall widgets and other programs on your Mac.

Massive Delete Apps From Mac OS X

One other good feature of AppCleaner is allowing you to massive delete apps. Just simply select all apps you want to remove, and then click on the “Delete” button.

Uninstall Apps On Mac OS X Using The Command Line

Most users aren’t like to type command line in the Terminal to do anything. They feel nervous and will look for a solution with an application. However, using command line to removing Mac apps is very easy.

First, go to Applications > Utilities, find Terminal application and launch it.

Next, type: sudo uninstall file://

Uninstalling apps on Mac with Terminal
Uninstalling apps on Mac with Terminal

Next, drag the program icon from Applications into Terminal window and press Enter. For example: Google Chrome browser.

Terminal in Mac
Terminal on Mac

Uninstall Programs On Mac That’s Installed Through AppStore

If you are installing an application from the Apple AppStore, simply click on Launchpad, press Option key on your keyboard.


Next, click on the (x) sign and press Delete. The application is now removed. In this method, you don’t need to empty the Trash as it will delete the program directly, not moving to the Trash.

Delete Apps On Mac With Launchpad
Delete Apps On Mac With LaunchPad

Do you know any other solution that will help to simplify the uninstall process?

If you have any question about uninstall programs on your Mac OS X computer, feel free to ask us.